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Imagine Peace, Practice Peace is an ongoing meditation workshop for cancer survivors and their family members. The workshop offers basic instruction in Zen meditation and opportunities to practice mindfulness in a supportive setting. 

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Imagine Peace, Practice Peace was created for Theatre Within by Zen teacher Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, who entered full-time residential training at the Zen Mountain Monastery in 1992 and served as abbot from October 2009 to January 2015. Drawing on his extensive background as a physician and psychiatrist, Ryushin’s infectious interest and thorough training in the workings of the mind, combined with his skill at translating complex concepts into everyday language, characterize his unique teaching style.  

“At its most profound, meditation is non-doing,” say Ryushin. “It is the ultimate and complete relaxation into the inherent wakefulness and clarity of our minds, and the compassionate impulse of our hearts. Starting at every available moment, which is this moment, we have access to the unprecedented scope and precision of wisdom that relies on nothing other than trusting our awareness and openness.” 

Launched in the spring of 2016, Imagine Peace, Practice Peace quickly became the most popular daytime program at Gilda’s Club, NYC and will continue through 2017.