Mind & Body Seminars

Daylong Mind-Body Seminars are held twice a year at the Midwest Buddhist Temple—at the time of the autumn and spring equinoxes when daytime and nighttime are of equal duration. It is a time when all of nature is harmonizing, a time for reflection and preparation. Traditionally, these are also propitious times for listening to spiritual teachings and to harmonize our energies with nature.

The Mind-Body Seminars were started nearly 25 years ago by Rev. Koshin Ogui, while he was serving at the Cleveland Buddhist Temple before becoming resident minister at Midwest Buddhist Temple and before his tenure as bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America. Rev. Ogui is now resident minister at the White River Buddhist Temple in Auburn, Wash.

The Mind-Body Seminars—held on a Saturday from, usually, 9 am to 4 pm—typically include a gentle yoga class and one or two Zen Shin meditation sessions. Additional activities led by guest presenters vary from seminar to seminar. Past seminars have explored collaborative painting, paper marbling, caricature drawing, Shao Lin (believed to be the oldest institutionalized style of kung fu, having originated in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Songshan mountain, Henan province, China), tai chi (an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise), qi gong (a practice of attracting vital energy and moving the energy throughout the body to restore balance), reiki (a healing technique based on channeling energy by means of touch to activate natural healing processes), gong yoga, Sufism, Jainism, Hindu chanting or kertan and the Tao Te Ching. Lunch is provided during the daylong seminars.

Everyone is welcome. Usually there are 15 to 25 participants. The Mind-Body Seminars offer informal, friendly and welcoming opportunities to enjoy a meaningful and fun day at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, as well as to meet Rev. Ron Miyamura, our resident minister, as well as ministers assistants and temple members.