OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative in partnership with the Hundere Endowed Chair in Religion and Culture present the Contemplative Practices for the Greater Good Series

Climate of Mind: Clearing the Way for Positive Action

A Session with Mushin of Sangha Jewel Zen Center

This event occurred on 10/28/20 - Please view the recording below! 

Free/All are welcome. If you'd like to pass on the goodwill, we suggest making a donation of any size to Beavers Care -- a fund supporting students with great financial need in this trying time.  

As we wander in the wilderness and social disruption continues to unfold due to the pandemic, fires, storms, and other natural disasters, as well as economic, racial and environmental injustice, and a very uncertain election season, we are challenged to find some ground from which to respond. Each of us, no matter how stirred up we may be, can recognize the fears and judgments that block our ability to discern wise action.  

During this talk Mushin will discuss ways to approach our own distress through a view and practice that roots us in the moment. It calms the heart and mind, thus supporting our ability to see with clarity, and maintain the bonds that allow us to find our way through all this with patience, creativity and great determination.  

Accommodation requests can be made by emailing ContemplativeStudies@oregonstate.edu or calling 541-737-4785.


About Mushin

Abby Mushin Terris is the spiritual director of Sangha Jewel Zen Center, in the tradition of Soto Zen Buddhism. She founded the Corvallis Zen Circle in 1992 and has continued as the primary teacher while they built and opened their new center. Mushin has been practicing Zen for fifty years during which time she also raised two daughters and has been a practicing psychotherapist. In addition to being the senior teacher at SJZC, she has co-led retreats at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, OR and ZenWest in Eugene, OR. Many of her recent Dharma talks can be seen on YouTube.