Monday, May 13, 2013

Article Featuring New Orleans Zen Temple

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In 1988, Robert Livingston, a New York native who studied Zen in Europe for 10 years under the guidance of the Japanese teacher Taisen Deshimaru, established one of the first Zen centers in the South in a four-story building in the 700 block of Camp Street.

Livingston, who has been practicing Zen for 40 years, said New Orleans is a tough place to have a Zen center, as the city’s many festivals and celebrations keep people entertained.

Yet, the temple sees a steady stream of newcomers seeking a deeper understanding of their consciousness.
“People run into problems because they are so self-involved,” he said.

“In Zazen, you’re studying your brain, not with your mind but with your whole being. You learn to live more in the now,” he said.

For the rest of the article, see "Groups hope Dalai Lama visit will boost interest in meditation" by Dan Lawton of The Advocate, May 13, 2013.
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