Social Media and Zen: the Paradox of Connection
with Zen Master Jakusho Kwong
UPDATE: click here to watch the video
Friday, October 18th, 2013, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall
Santa Rosa Campus
Zen Master Jakusho Kwong will explore the following questions:
- Is this constant entanglement with 24/7 information and social media enslaving us?
- What are the consequences and side effects of multi-tasking?
- Is the time spent every day obsessively texting really fostering connection?
- Our college community reflects society’s use of social media – constantly absorbed in the small world of their electronic devices – but at what price?
- Is it possible to be both technologically connected and to be present in your daily life?
Roshi Jakusho Kwong will challenge our assumptions about this technological paradox, and ask us to consider our need to disentangle from these things to be truly alive. “When you are totally present in your life, everything is possible!”
Jakusho Kwong-roshi was born in Santa Rosa in 1935 and began studying Zen with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi in 1959. He received ordination at San Francisco Zen Center in 1970, and then founded the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in 1973 as his commemoration to his teacher, becoming the Abbot. Kwong-roshi completed Dharma transmission in 1978 through Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi at Rinsoin, Japan. This authorized him as Dharma successor to Suzuki-roshi's lineage. He has been teaching Zen in the United States and Europe for more than 40 years. Kwong-roshi travels annually to Iceland and Poland to lead meditation intensives at SMZC’s affiliate Zen Centers. In 1995 he was one of the first western Zen monks to be officially recognized as a certified teacher of the Soto Zen School in Japan. He teaches ordinary Zen in everyday life is nothing special. “Zen," he says, "is the aliveness we bring to each moment.”
VIDEO: Social Media and Zen: The Paradox of Connection