Ridgewood Citizens Strengthened by Message of Buddhist Teacher

April 10, 2006

Source: NorthJersey.com


On April 10, 2006 NorthJersey.com reported, "As a probation officer overseeing troubled families, Jim Castner sees more than a little chaos. He keeps himself centered by studying Zen, the Buddhist philosophy that encourages the search for enlightenment through meditation. So Castner, 45, of Wallington, came out energized Sunday afternoon from a lecture by Buddhist teacher Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, on 'Shifting Our Notions of the Self: A Zen Perspective'... O'Hara was the latest in a series of speakers presented by the Heart Circle Sangha, a Ridgewood group that studies Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions of Buddhism through meditation, study, services, retreats and workshops... In January, Robert Kennedy, a Jesuit priest and Zen master, spoke on the two schools of religious thought, as well as immortality and salvation. The group invited O'Hara – a retired professor of media studies at New York University and an AIDS activist – to speak because of her growing following and dynamic presentation, said Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts, the Sangha's spiritual director."