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Lecture on Zen by Zen Master Jok Um (Williams College '74)

Sun, January 13th, 2019
3:00 pm
- 4:30 pm

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Please join us for a lecture by Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel, Williams ’74) on Zen practice, entitled “Karma, Responsibility and the Life Before You: What To Do with Two Empty Hands.”

The talk will take place in Griffin 6 at 3pm on Sunday, January 13. After the lecture is over, anyone who is interested is welcome to join ZM Jok Um for a period of sitting meditation in the zendo (located in the lower level of Thompson Chapel).
All are welcome; no RSVP required.
Karma, Responsibility and the Life Before You: What To Do With Two Empty Hands
 
10,000 blades of grass
Share one root-bed
When a droplet
Falls from the sky
Which one
Gets it?
Beneath your feet
Dew on a spring morning

Zen Master Jok Um

Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel, Williams ’74) received transmission as a Zen Master in the Kwan Um School of Zen lineage in April 2017. He began studying with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1975. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and specializes in Infant Mental Health.  He works as a Mental Health Consultant in Head Start preschools in the South Bronx.  His career has included work with children and families in foster care, substance abuse, outpatient and inpatient mental health, medical, geriatric and therapeutic preschool settings, as well as in private practice. He is guiding teacher for New Haven Zen Center, Hwa Um Sa-Orlando Zen Center, Gateless Gate Zen Center (Gainesville), Cypress Tree Zen Group (Tallahassee) the Ten Directions Zen Center in Chicago, and the Ja Gak Am Hermitage in Waukanda, IL. He also teaches at the Chogye International Zen Center of New York, as well as at other Zen Centers and affiliates.

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