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Zen Master Miao Tsan to Lead Guided Meditations and Dharma Talks in Houston

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

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Zen Master Miao Tsan to Lead Guided Meditations and Dharma Talks
on Pathways to Truth and Oneness

Houston – Mar. 9, 2011. . . Venerable Zen Master Miao Tsan, abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery in Garden Grove, CA, international lecturer and author, will conduct guided meditations, Dharma talks and book signings of his newly released Just Use This Mind: Follow the Universal Truth of Oneness of Mind, Body and Spirit (Bright Sky Press, January 2011) March 22-27 in Houston. His three local programs, free and open to the public, will be held in the Clear Lake, Uptown/River Oaks and Museum District areas.

”I look forward to the Zen Master’s return to Houston, having served as moderator of his ‘East Meets West’ dialog last fall at the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University,” said Dr. Bill Kerley, a Houston-based teacher, counselor, speaker and consultant on personal growth strategies. “His new book, Just Use This Mind,’ will be a provocative read for anyone in the West because of its emphasis on total personal responsibility. “The Zen Master challenges our assumptions of cause and effect. The book is a real primer in understanding non-dualistic thinking, which is what is needed to save the planet,” Kerley said. Zen Master Miao Tsan will be a guest lecturer at Kerley’s Sunday, March 27 class* at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Master Miao Tsan will share his insights into the philosophical and religious perspectives on the pathway to truth and oneness, as drawn through the wisdom tradition of Zen and many other philosophical disciplines. His meditations and Dharma talks will serve as points of departure for Q&A’s afterwards. The Zen Master has given meditation courses at universities and medical centers around the world, as well as Zen-Seven and Zen-Three retreats in the United States, Mexico and Taiwan.
Zen Master Miao Tsan’s Houston’s public programs are scheduled as follows:

When: Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Yoga Rasa Studio, 17226 Mercury Drive in the Clear Lake Area
Program: Guided meditation & talk about Healing, Pain Control, Health
and Dharma, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Just Use This Mind Q&A and book signing, 8:30 – 9:30 PM
$25 suggested donation for the event
Info/RSVP: Stefanie, (281) 282-9400

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When: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: CuraYoga Yoga Studio, 3641-C Westheimer Rd. at Timmons Lane
Program: Guided meditation and talk and book signing
Donation: Donation-based event; proceeds to go to Zen Master Miao Tsan in Conversation with Bill Kerley last fall prior to the "East Meets West" dialog at the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University.  The Zen Master will speak to Dr. Kerley's "Ordinary Life" class at the MFAH on Sunday, Mar. 27, 9:45 a.m.,
13735 Yockey Street., Garden Grove, CA 92844
Info/RSVP: Jennifer (832) 428-0159

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When: Thursday, March 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m
Where: Body, Mind & Soul Gift Shop, 4344 Westheimer at Mid Lane Program: Zen Master Miao Tsan will meet with guests upon arrival; Lecture from 7 – 7:45 p.m. with Q & A and book signing after lecture
Info/RSVP: Denise (281) 734-2979

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When: Friday, March 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bellaire Yoga Center, 5221 Bellaire Boulevard in Bellaire (77401)
Program: Approx. one-hour presentation and Dharma talk covering healing, pain, stress and health, followed by Q&A a book signing; tea and light refreshments served
Donations: Donations are welcomed; proceeds to go to Vairocana Zen Monastery, 13735 Yockey Street., Garden Grove, CA 92844
Info/RSVP: Annette (713) 363- 1106

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When: Sunday, March 27, 9:45 – 11 a.m.*
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet at Main
(Museum is closed to the public; use front entrance on Bissonnet)
Program: Zen Master Miao Tsan is a guest lecturer for Dr. Bill Kerley’s Educational Sunday Morning “Ordinary Life” Class of St. Paul’s Methodist Church to be held at the MFAH; Zen Master Miao Tsan will give a Dharma talk, 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.; Dialog with Dr. Bill Kerley and Zen Master, 10:15 – 11 a.m.
Info/RSVP: Dr. Bill Kerley (713) 663-7771

Just Use This Mind, critically acclaimed in Taiwan and mainland China, shows readers from any religious or philosophical traditions the importance of utilizing one’s own mind to become the master of one’s own thoughts. Master Miao Tsan shares the essence of the collected wisdom of Zen masters reaching back to the original Buddha. He believes once one embarks on the path Master Miao Tsan puts forth, that individual will find the way to live the life of joy he or she was born to experience, no matter what their circumstances are. The Zen Master reveals both the nature of the life of joy people were born to experience and an effective path towards it — through Zen or through their own traditions. Freed from cultural attachments, the essence of Zen training brings people back home to a place of deeper meaning and leads them to their true selves, where mind and body are one.

For further information, please call 713-533-9300. # # #

ISBN: 978-1-933979-90-8
SPECS: $14.95 / Softcover with flaps / 5.75″ x 9.25″/ 288 pages / two color
Self–Help / Body, Mind, Spirit January 2011

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PR Fairy Publicity Opp: Authors Marketing Themselves

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

While Susan Farb Public Relations has been retained by Bright Sky Press to work on the Houston book launch of “Just Use This Mind: Following the Essence of Zen to the Oneness of Mind, Body and Spirit,” , not all publishers have the budgets to promote their books. The PR Fairy has a tip that The New York Post business section is doing an article contrasting the way publishing companies promoted books in the ‘old days’ (media tours, public appearances, air travel, talk shows) versus the tactics self-published authors must use now (google adwords, press releases, local events, etc.). If you are a self-published author, let me know. The reporter is looking for first-person stories, anecdotes and tips on the business of getting attention in the crowded book marketplace. She is seeking current and former publicists, authors and marketing specialists.
Deadline to submit to PR Fairy: October 22, 5 PM, CST TODAY

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Good luck!

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Susan Farb Public Relations
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‘East Meets West’ Spiritual Dialog with Zen Master Maio Tsan

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Zen Master Maio Tsan, Author, \"Just Use This Mind\" No Worries on this new project!

‘East Meets West’ Spiritual Dialog
Revered Zen Master and Jungian Analyst/ Episcopal Priest to Present Dialog on Pathways to Truth and Oneness

Two revered spiritual leaders will give their philosophical and religious perspectives on the pathway to truth and oneness at an East Meets West dialog Monday, November 8, 6:15 p.m. The program, open to the public, will be held at the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University Herring Hall 100, 6100 Main Street, Gate 20. The tickets, a suggested $5 donation, will include a reception at 5:30 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Boniuk Center.

Zen Master Miao Tsan, abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery in Garden Grove, CA, lecturer and author of the new book, Just Use This Mind: Following the Essence of Zen to Oneness of Mind, Body and Spirit (Bright Sky Press, January 2011), will interface with J. Pittman McGehee, D.D., a renowned Jungian analyst, Episcopal priest, director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality and adjunct lecturer in Analytical Psychology at the University of Houston. Master Miao Tsan’s insights, drawn through the wisdom tradition of Zen and many other philosophical disciplines, will serve as the basis of the initial discussion and as points of departure for McGehee, widely known as a lecturer and educator in the field of psychology and religion, as well as a published author, essayist and poet.
Bill Kerley, a teacher, counselor, speaker and consultant on personal growth strategies, will serve as the moderator. The program will be followed by a Q&A and book sale and signings by the speakers. Kerley is past president of the Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and National Speakers Association, Houston Chapter.
Just Use This Mind, critically acclaimed in Taiwan and mainland China, shows readers from any religious or philosophical traditions the importance of utilizing one’s own mind to become the master of one’s own thoughts. Master Miao Tsan shares the essence of the collected wisdom of Zen masters reaching back to the original Buddha. He believes once one embarks on the path Master Miao Tsan puts forth there, they have found the way to live the life of joy they were born to experience, no matter what their circumstances are. He reveals both the nature of the life of joy people were born to experience and an effective path towards it — through Zen or through their own traditions. Freed from cultural attachments, the essence of Zen training brings people back home to a place of deeper meaning and leads them to their true selves, where mind and body are one.
The Very Reverend McGehee served as the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral for 11 years and retired to become director of The Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality. The Institute joins the disciplines of psychology and religion by exploring the concept that mental health comes with the integration of the biological, psychological and spiritual elements of the human condition. In 1996 the C.G. Jung Institute of Dallas awarded him a diploma in Analytical Psychology. He is in private practice as a priest/psychoanalyst and teacher/lecturer.
Master Miao Tsan has conducted meditation courses and Zen-Seven and Zen-Three retreats in the United States, Mexico and Taiwan. He lectures extensively and has given meditation courses and interviews at universities and medical centers around the world. He has a large, devoted following in Asia and the West.
The books Just Use This Mind: Following the Essence of Zen to Oneness of Mind, Body and Spirit (Bright Sky Press, January 2011) and McGehee’s The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are (Praeger Press, 2008), will be available for purchase after the program.
Parking is available in the Rice Central Campus Garage. For advance tickets, go to http://meetingofthemasters.eventbrite.com or call 713-533-9300. # # #

ISBN: 978-1-933979-90-8
SPECS: $14.95 / Softcover with flaps / 5.75″ x 9.25″/ 288 pages / two color
Self–Help / Body, Mind, Spirit January 2011

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