Insights Into Cancer: Living and Thriving in Not-Knowing--Zen Buddhism and Cancer
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free and open to the public
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level Room B130
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095
Once a month, the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology presents Insights Into Cancer, a free public lecture series for cancer patients, their families and the community. Each lecture features a leading professional who provides up-to-date information, practical advice and answers to cancer-related questions.
June 11, 2013
Living and Thriving in Not-Knowing:
Zen Buddhism and Cancer
A cancer diagnosis throws us into the unknown and forces us to bear witness to the changing nature of life by challenging our belief systems, personal conditioning, spiritual beliefs, and shaking up our hopes and dreams. Wendy will speak to how Zen Buddhism uses these very elements of upheaval as a skillful means for living with the sense of groundlessness that accompanies major illness. She will explore the potential healing power of The Three Tenets of Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Healing Action of the Zen Buddhist Peacemaker tradition. She will consider Not-Knowing as a capacity we all have to ride the breath to openness and spaciousness; Bearing Witness as the capacity of tapping into our innate capacity to listen intimately to our condition; and how Healing Actions can arise from these practices. It is, in fact, the very nature of upheaval that can provide us with the raw ingredients to make the important shifts that can lessen our suffering as we each traverse the terrain of cancer in our own unique way in our everyday life.
Rev. Wendy Egyoku Nakao, a Zen Buddhist priest, is the Abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Ordained in 1983, she trains Zen Buddhist priests and practitioners in an on-going Zen Center Zen practice environment in the heart of Los Angeles' Koreatown. She also serves as Head Priest and Teacher, emphasizing and experimenting with the collective awakening of community. In addition to her love of guiding individuals to deeper self-understanding and exploring the nature of reality, she has an abiding interest in organizational spirituality and collective awakening and serves as a resource to other spiritual communities.
Insights Into Cancer lectures are held in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
UCLA parking is $11 and is wheelchair accessible. Attendees can park in the medical plaza, or take advantage of the valet parking at the front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.