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Zen Master Launches Newest Book in Contemporary Zen Studies Series September 14 – 17 in Houston

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Master Miao Tsan Living Truth CoverHiResHouston – Sept. 3, 2014 . . . . Zen Master Miao Tsan, Abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery and international lecturer and author, returns to Houston September 14 – 17 to launch Living Truth: The Path of Light (Bright Sky Press, Sept. 2014), his newest book in a series of contemporary Zen studies. In it, the Venerable Master explains the essential wisdom of Zen as it applies to one’s daily life, including how Truth is the universal principle that underlies the full range of human experiences.

Master Miao Tsan will join such preeminent leaders and educators as Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of General Oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D, Co-Founder and President of Contemplative Network, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of The Institute for Spirituality and Health and adjunct professor at University of St. Thomas, Bill Kerley, Ph.D., psychologist and spiritual teacher who utilizes Jungian insights in his work, and Ken Jones, Associate Director of the UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, to engage and lead public dialogues, dharma talks and programs at Rothko Chapel, The Women’s Institute of Houston, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and C.T. Bauer College of Business University of Houston (UH), among the Houston-area venues.

“Thoughts, emotions and feelings are simply tools. It is up to us to use them or be used by them. Every single thought can affect our physical body, life and relationships. Therefore we must examine our own lives as our sole creation, and learn to cultivate the right thought to have the right result,” he says.

Master Miao Tsan’s multidisciplinary programs, open to the public, will include signings of Living Truth: The Path of Light. Events are free with RSVPs e-mailed to events@miaotsan.com, unless designated otherwise.

The week will begin Sunday, September 14, 9:30 – 11 a.m. with Master Miao Tsan returning as a guest lecturer on the topic of “Mysticism” at Bill Kerley’s weekly “Ordinary Life” class at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 South Main – Fondren Hall. That afternoon, from 4-6 p.m., in his first-ever program at The Women’s Institute of Houston (WIH), the Master will share the ultimate truth as expressed in Zen Buddhist teachings, bringing peace, harmony and oneness to our lives. He will provide advice on how to incorporate the practice of meditation into daily life. There will be an opportunity for open dialogue and a short guided meditation at WIH, 2202 Avalon Place. Registration fee is $35; go to http://wih.org/lectures/living-truth-the-path-of-light/
Master Miao Tsan will offer two public presentations in the Texas Medical Center facilitated by Alejandro Chaoul. In “Meditation As A Tool to Manage Stress and Remain Compassionate for Healthcare Professionals,” Monday, September 15, Noon – 1 p.m. at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, (6431 Fannin Street, MSB B. 100), he will discuss key takeaways when it comes to meditation and managing stress, as well as techniques to remain compassionate in the ever-shifting healthcare landscape with physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and hospital support staff, as well as students in the healthcare field. That evening from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Master Miao Tsan will meet with the Friends of Integrated Medicine (FIM) at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 7435 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054, South Campus Research Building 2, Conference Room 5-6, to discuss “Meditation Tips and Practice from a Zen Master.”

Friends of Integrative Medicine works to raise awareness within MD Anderson Cancer Center and the larger Houston community of the important role complementary and integrative medicine can play in cancer prevention and in helping those with cancer live better and longer.

On Tuesday, September 16, 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m., Master Miao Tsan will join Deacon Hesse for “Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit – Can a person be a Zen Christian?,” an interfaith dialogue at University of St. Thomas (UST), Crooker Center, First Floor – Ahern Room, 3909 Graustark. Space is limited; lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to events @miaotsan.com or call 281-589-0810, ext. 8921 by Tuesday, September 2. That Tuesday, September 16 evening at 6 p.m., Master Miao Tsan will lead a Zen Buddhist Dharma Talk and Twilight Meditation” at Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street. A $10 donation to Rothko Chapel is suggested.

UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Associate Director Ken Jones will welcome Master Miao Tsan to discuss ““Mindful Leadership: Practical Methods for Calming and Focusing Your Mind for Successful Leaders” Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University of Houston, UCBB Building, 4744 Calhoun Road, Student Training Center Room 328 on the 3rd floor. The Master will explore insights into how mindful leadership allows for improved decision-making and adaptability that drives innovation and embraces diversity in the workplace and in the world.

Master Miao Tsan is the author of Just Use This Mind, The Origin Is Pure, Intrinsic Awakened Nature, and Directly Actualize Buddhahood. The founder and abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery in Garden Grove, California, he possesses profound insight into the essence of Zen and has dedicated himself to its propagation and practice. He conducts meditation courses, Zen-Seven and Zen-Three retreats and teaches at universities and medical centers in China, Taiwan, Mexico and the United States. His goal is to open a universal path of wisdom and light by leading people from every tradition toward an understanding of the Truth that transcends time, race and religion and is without exception.
For additional information go to www.miaotsan.com/events/ or to register for any of the programs, please contact Adrianne Poyet-Smith, (281) 589-0810 x8921 or e-mail events@miaotsan.com.

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(Updated 9/3/14)
Master Miao Tsan Living Truth Calendar of Events/Houston – Sept., 14 – 17, 2014
Events are free with RSVPs e-mailed to events@miaotsan.com, unless designated otherwise.

When: Sunday, September 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 South Main, Fondren Hall (2nd Floor – Jones Building

Program: Zen Master Miao Tsan will speak on “Mysticism” to Bill Kerley’s weekly “Ordinary Life” class

When: Sunday, September 14, 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: The Women’s Institute of Houston, 2202 Avalon Place – Houston 77019
Program: “Living Truth: The Path of Light” – Lecture and Guided Meditation by Venerable Master Miao Tsan, who will share the ultimate truth as expressed in Zen Buddhist teachings, bringing peace, harmony and oneness to our lives. He will provide advice on how to incorporate the practice of meditation into daily life Sunday, September 14, 4-6 p.m., 2202 Avalon Place. There will be an opportunity for open dialogue, as well as a short, guided meditation. Registration fee is $35.
Registration: http://wih.org/lectures/living-truth-the-path-of-light/

When: Monday, September 15, Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: University of Texas Medical School at Houston – Texas Medical Center, 6431 Fannin Street, MSB B. 100, Houston, Texas 77030, for additional details, visit www.miaotsan.com/events/
Program: “Meditation As A Tool to Manage Stress and Remain Compassionate for Healthcare Professionals” – Presentation by Venerable Master Miao Tsan, who will share practical applications with those involved in healthcare–physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, hospital support staff and students –with regard to key takeaways when it comes to meditation and managing stress, as well as techniques to remain compassionate in the ever-shifting healthcare landscape.
Facilitator: Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Integrative Medicine Program in the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Associate faculty at the McGovern Center for the Humanities and Ethics.

When: Monday, September 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 7435 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054, South Campus Research Building 2, Conference Rm. 5-6
Program: “Meditation Tips and Practice from a Zen Master” – Master Miao Tsan will meet with the Friends of Integrated Medicine (FIM) at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, to discuss Meditation and Health. Friends of Integrative Medicine work to raise awareness within MD Anderson Cancer Center and the larger Houston community of the important role complementary and integrative medicine can play in cancer prevention and in helping those with cancer live better and longer.
Facilitator: Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Integrative Medicine Program in the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Associate faculty at the McGovern Center for the Humanities and Ethics.
Reservations: Suggested donation to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Friends of Integrated Medicine

When: Tuesday, September 16, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: University of St. Thomas, Crooker Center, First Floor – Ahern Rm., 3909 Graustark
Program: “Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit – Can a person be a Zen Christian?” an interfaith dialogue with Master Miao Tsan and Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D, Co-Founder and President of Contemplative Network, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of The Institute for Spirituality and Health and adjunct professor at University of St. Thomas
Reservations: FREE; lunch provided via RSVP to events@miaotsan.com or call 281-589-0810, ext. 8921.

When: Tuesday, September 16, 6 p.m.
Where: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street
Program: “Zen Buddhist Dharma Talk and Twilight Meditation” with Venerable Master Miao Tsan
Reservations: www.rothkochapel.org
Suggested $10 donation to Rothko Chapel

When: Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: University of Houston, UCBB Building, 4744 Calhoun Road,
Student Training Center Room 328 on the 3rd floor
Program: “Mindful Leadership: Practical Methods for Calming and Focusing Your Mind for Successful Leaders” – UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Associate Director Ken Jones will welcome Venerable Master Miao Tsan to explore insights into how mindful leadership allows for improved decision-making and adaptability that drives innovation and embraces diversity in the work place and in the world

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