As a Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist meditator and Hindu yoga practitioner, the Rev. Lena Breen jokingly calls herself a “Buu-huu — a Buddhist, Hindu, U.U.”
Subagh Singh Khalsa rediscovers himself every morning through his meditation practices.
An accident led Michael O’Sullivan to first discover Zen Buddhism. A literal accident.
“You, yourself, are the person who is most deserving of your love,” said Lukasik, who will return for his second year as a teacher-in-residence during Week One for the Mystic Heart Program, an initiative within the Department of Religion.
In the months following 9/11, Subagh Singh Khalsa entered an intense period of meditation. During that time, he used the healing meditations he had long practiced not with the intention of healing one individual, but with a new impulse to bring healing to the many in the world that were suffering.
Hazrat Inayat Khan, the first Sufi teacher to the West, taught that true religion to a Sufi is the sea of truth and that all the different faith traditions are its waves. For a spiritual seeker like Sharifa Norton and Muinuddin Smith, Sufism is the best meditation tradition they could have wound up in.
What do people need to do to become more aware and compassionate? Well, rolling out of bed and heading to the Main Gate Welcome Center for a meditation session would be a good start.
Yogi Bhajan, Subagh Singh Khalsa’s spiritual teacher, once told him that the sign of a spiritual person is that he or she always knows what to do.
Compassion has followed Lena Breen throughout her career. As Week Three’s Mystic Heart meditation leader, she will focus on practicing and teaching Mettā — or loving-kindness — meditation.
“The mind is the forerunner of all things.”
Paul Lukasik was studying this proverb when he was invited to lead the Mystic Heart Program during Week One — which, he soon found out, would cover “Our Elegant Universe.”
“What great timing,” Lukasik thought to himself. “What created the universe? Nothing other than the mind.”