Shudo Brian Schroeder,
Idunno Zen Community Coordinator
Greetings! My name is Brian Schroeder, though in the Zen Buddhist community I go by the name Shudo. I have been at RIT since 2001 as a professor of Philosophy. I am also an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition and conduct meditation sessions and Buddhist services for interested students, faculty, and staff.
Zen simply means “meditation.” The purpose of Zen meditation, or zazen, is to cultivate a clear, centered and focused mind. There is nothing cosmic, supernatural or spiritual about Zen practice. Zen is focused completely on realizing the beauty and value of everyday existence, and our place in it.
Zen is a way to help us get through the often difficult terrain of life. You don’t have to give up your religious beliefs [or adopt any, for that matter] to enjoy the meditation and value of Zen.
Interested in Zen practice?
Please join us in the Skalny Room, which is on the lower level in the RIT Schmitt Interfaith Center just off the “quarter mile.”
Meditation sittings take place most Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Saturday mornings at 10:00am during the regular academic year while classes are in session. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to help with get settled. If you are new to Zen practice, please contact me prior to attending the first time so that I can go over some of the fundamentals with you.
Zen practice at RIT follows the Soto way. For more information about the basics of zazen, please go to http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/practice/zazen/howto/index.html
If you have any questions about Zen Buddhism, please don't hesitate to contact me!