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Intro class on Zen meditation set for Saturday in Monroe
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MONROE - Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, will present an introductory class on Zen meditation from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Great Plains Zen Center, W7762 Falk Road, Monroe.

The suggested donation is $25, or $15 for seniors, students and special circumstances. The center is wheelchair-accessible. Pre-registration requested.

Participants will receive instruction on how to do Zen meditation and will learn about the types, goals and benefits of Zen practice and how to keep practice at home going successfully. The event is open to both newcomers and those with experience.

Zen meditation can be practiced by people of any religious tradition and can help with reducing everyday stress, promoting clarity of mind, concentration and compassion, according to a news release. There are numerous scientific studies verifying the physiological, cognitive and psychological benefits of meditation and related practices of gratitude, loving kindness, tolerance and forgiveness, the release said.

Andersen has practiced Zen for more than 40 years and was given permission to teach by her Zen teacher, Taizan Maezumi Roshi in 1995. She has taught Zen meditation in many settings, including schools, hospitals and prisons. Currently, she teaches at Great Plains Zen Center in Monroe and in Palatine, Illinois.

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