The Art of Zen and Stress Reduction


The modern life is characterized by an ever increasing pace, with constantly shifting priorities and challenges. The myriad conveniences and opportunities offered by the modern world come at a paradoxical cost of increasing stress to our body, mind and spirit, frequently leaving us feeling stressed, frayed at the edges or even burned out. 


In this workshop, Dr. Jimmy Yu, a professor from Florida State University and a Zen practitioner for more than three decades, teaches how the art of Zen can help us to regain inner peace and centeredness, using both physical and mental techniques to become more aware, relaxed and mindful of the present moment:


     • Establish composure: Learn methods to develop greater balance and mindfulness during the challenges of stress, pain, illness and everyday life. Learn the skills to avoid emotional and physical depletion. 

  •  • Enjoy life fully: Each moment is a new beginning. Learn to embrace the present moment with openness and clarity. Mindfulness Zen meditation restores a sense of well-being and empowerment, no matter what challenges you face.

  •  • Restore your spirituality: This workshop teaches you how to tap into your inner resources of clarity and focus to break old patterns and renewal your spirituality. 

  •  • Regain your health: Learn methods that promote physical and mental health. Learn to de-habituate negative patterns and develop positive responses to life’s stress. Explore how you can take responsibility for your own health and healing.


Dr. Jimmy Yu, also known by his Dharma name Guo Gu, developed his first interest in meditation at the age of four. In 1982, at the age of 14, Guo Gu started practicing under Chan Master Sheng Yen in New York City. In 1991, he ordained as a monk under Master Sheng Yen to immerse himself fully in the practice of Chan Buddhism. He returned his robes in 2000 to pursue academic studies and earned a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University. Guo Gu is currently teaching Buddhism and East Asian religions as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. In 2009, he founded the Tallahassee Chan Group to continue the Chan lineage of Master Sheng Yen.


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