Saturday, October 27th, 9 am to 3pm.  By donation.  This is a very special day for OMZ!  Our Co-founder, Laurie Lyons will be receiving Dharma Transmission.  This is a part of the Buddhist tradition whereby a student is given full authorization to teach by his or her teacher.  Laurie’s teacher, Sensei Al Rapaport will preside. This event will make Open Mind Zen Naples part of an unbroken lineage dating back to the historical Buddha, over 2500 years ago.  Laurie will have full authorization to teach, and will be given the title Sensei.  This occasion doesn’t mark the completion of Laurie’s training, but a continuation, and an important public acknowledgement of her understanding of the Dharma and ability to communicate and embody the teachings.  Below is an image from 2011, when Laurie took Tokudo Vows (Lay Monk Vows)  with Sensei Al. The ceremony will be incorporated into a full day of meditation and liturgy.  A lunch break is included and a party will follow in the evening. Below is an image from 2011, when Laurie took Tokudo Vows (Lay Monk Vows)  with Sensei Al.