The meditation program has adopted an interfaith approach to contemplative prayer, synchronizing Christian Contemplative practice within a Zen Buddhist format. The program operates under the supervision and leadership of The Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski, a Baptist pastor trained in the Tibetan meditation tradition, as well as, two lineage holders from the Daystar Zendo, Sensei Cynthia Taberner and Fr. Kevin Hunt, Roshi, a Zen master and a Trappist Monk.
Zen contributes a format and viewpoint that emerges from Buddhism. It has deep roots going back 2,500 years to India. In itself it is not a religion but a “way,” an approach to the spiritual path. We take the view that the spiritual journey is more about being open to the world than belonging to a club. The contemplative traditions of Christianity and Buddhism recognize that various and different means are needed to assist as many people as possible on the common journey through life.
Meditation has been demonstrated to be effective for stress reduction. In addition, some concentration and mindfulness techniques are evidence based practices which allow us to become less reactive to negative life situations. Over time many participants develop habitual prosocial responses rather than engage in the habitual repetition of maladaptive behavior. Perhaps more importantly, meditation promotes spiritual health and well-being. It helps us appreciate life as a spiritual journey.
All are welcome! If you are interested in starting a practice or if you have an established practice and wish to join us, we would love to have you sit with us. We appreciate the the blessing of your presence. For more information about the program contact Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski at or 401-345-7291.
“There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen.”- Rumi