A break from technology. A chance to practice noble silence. A journey of mindfulness and self-discovery.
Peter Lin, Ph.D., associate chair and professor of psychology, has been bringing SJNY students on a one-day zen retreat at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) since 2010, providing them with a unique experience immersed in quiet meditation.
This year’s retreat took place Saturday, Dec. 2, with students leaving from the Brooklyn Campus at 6 a.m. for Pine Hills, New York, and returning about 8 p.m.
“In a zen retreat, participants practices noble silence — one does not engage in conversations with others, read or write,” Dr. Lin explained. “The main activities are sitting meditation, walking meditation and moving yoga. In this recent retreat, the retreat teacher was impressed by our students’ performance and practice.”
Interested students can check out the mindfulness and contemplative living minor at St. Joseph’s University, New York — one of the few higher education institutions in United States that offers such a minor.
Those interested in learning more about mindfulness can also participate in Discovering Mindfulness: An Introduction with Guided Meditation, led by Dr. Lin on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Click on the above link to RSVP for the online session.