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Learn Gratitude Meditation with Professor Soho Machida

By Staff | Sep 19, 2013

Professor Soho Machida leads meditation during a Maui retreat.

LAHAINA – Professor Soho Machida will hold three “Arigato Meditation” sessions on Maui this month.

The schedule is Sept. 21 at the Paia Rinzai Temple from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and two sessions (9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m.) on Sept. 28 at Lahaina Jodo Mission at 12 Ala Moana St.

The fee is $25 for one session or $20 per session for two or more. Space is limited; e-mail sohozenmaui@gmail.com to register.

Professor Machida will also give a lecture, “Buddha Dharma – The Way of our Life,” at Lahaina Jodo Mission on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. This talk is free and open to the public.

According to Machida, “Arigato Meditation” is an easy practice that goes beyond religion or ethnicity. It allows the participant to achieve clarity of mind and a sense of vast fulfillment.

Machida left home at the age of 14 to practice as a Zen monk in a conservative monastery in Kyoto, Japan, for 20 years. He then came to the United States in 1984 as a graduate student at Harvard University’s School of Divinity and received a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

He has taught at Princeton University, National University of Singapore and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Currently, he is a professor at the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences and director of the Center for Ecological Peace Studies at Hiroshima University.

Professor Machida has appeared on a monthly Japanese national television (NHK) program focusing on Buddhism in Japan and conducts meditation and fasting retreats throughout Japan.

“We are living a life of haste. We feel like we are always being chased, and we continue to run, gasping for breath,” he said.

“We stumble and fall at times over relationships with our family and friends, or over trouble with study and work. It is difficult to survive in a stressful society. Since all phenomena stem from our own memories, we are responsible for them. If we clean up the memories of our subconsciousness, even the most complicated problems disappear.”

Machida has developed “Arigato Meditation” as a way of subconscious cleansing.