Buddhism and world peace is focus of lecture

Posted: Monday, 20 April 2009

TROY – A Soto Zen monk will present “Buddhism and the Self: A Model for Interfaith Dialogue and World Peace” at Troy University at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Trojan Center Theater.

Rev. Taiun Michael Elliston, founder and Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, is hosted by the Troy University Philosophy Society and the Office of the Associate Provost. The event is free and open to the public.

The Atlanta Soto Zen Center has affiliated groups in Athens, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Emory University; Huntsville, Alabama; Wichita, Kansas and Auburn University. In 2007 Rev. Taiun was formally transmitted into the American Soto Zen lineage, in recognition of a lifetime of practice and service. Soto Zen is one of the major sects of Zen Buddhism and emphasizes the practice of meditation and the application of Buddhist teachings to everyday life.

“The topic of Rev. Elliston’s presentation is sure to be of interest to a wide spectrum of the University community,” said Dr. Cliff Lee, an assistant professor of philosophy in the Department of History, who is coordinating the visit.