Reflection by Leah Thibodeau
Sermon by Rev. Taizan Alford
Shakyamuni Buddha has been quoted as saying: I teach one thing and one thing only… suffering and the end of suffering. Rev. Taizan Alford, will explore ways the principles and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism might help alleviate the roots of suffering stemming from old trauma. How can the eightfold path of Buddhism lead to new ways of reacting to old hurts and provide a way out of suffering for everyday people?
Taizan Alford has been a member of the Fellowship since 1998. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in training by Sosan Flynn at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN in 2016. He recently spent three months in residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in Upstate New York. When not traveling for zen training his lives in Appleton with his husband, Tom Pynenberg.