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561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU’s Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World Series Offers Workshops and Lectures on Seeking Inner Peace

BOCA RATON (October 18, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program presents the Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World outreach series. Now in its seventh year, the series offers workshops and lectures to help calm the mind and lift the spirit. Four workshops will be offered this year along with a lecture presented by the Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and another presented by former monk James Finley. Several Buddhist monks will also visit FAU to create a sand mandala.

All workshops are facilitated by Barbara Schmidt and Adriana Faraldo of Peaceful Mind/Peaceful Life. The first workshop will include a Yin Yoga class. This workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Mizner Park, Boca Raton and will be repeated on Saturday, November 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Each of these workshops is $25, and lunch is included.

The next three workshops will take place on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. On Saturday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 6 the theme is “Seeing Beneath Life’s Experiences: Living a Life of Gratitude.” The theme for Saturday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 21 is “Awaken your Heart: Uncovering our Truest Self,” and the theme for Saturday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 24 is “Cultivating Patience in our Busy Lives: Removing Personal Obstacles.” Registration is required, and seating is limited. To reserve a spot for any of the workshops, visit www.fauf.org/peaceful or call 561-297-2337.

The first lecture in the series will be presented by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and is titled “Into the Heart of Life.” This lecture is on Saturday, January 7, at 4 p.m. and will include a book signing. Palmo left England for India at the age of 20 to pursue her Buddhist training and in 1964 became one of the first western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun. After 12 years of study, she sought complete seclusion. Palmo spent the next 12 years in a cave. In 1999, she was encouraged to start a nunnery for young Buddhist girls and construction began on Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery , a place that now welcomes more than 70 nuns. In recognition of her spiritual achievements as a nun and her efforts in promoting the status of female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism, Palmo was given the rare title of Jetsunma, which means Venerable Master.

On her rare visits to the United States, Palmo has become an increasingly sought-after speaker.  She was invited by The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York to lead a weekend retreat with men and women on using life's obstacles to release our strength and energy.  Palmo is recognized as a powerful proponent of the universal need for all human beings - men and women - to "realize their full potential." Tickets for this event can be purchased by visiting www.fauevents.com.

The next lecture in the series is with James Finley, a former student of Catholic monk Thomas Merton and other mystics. This lecture is on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Florida International University. Details on this lecture can be found at http://casgroup.fiu.edu/religion/events.php. Finley uses a lifetime of experience to teach the benefits of meditation and childlike acceptance of the divine mystery.

Then on Saturday, February 25, a group of Buddhist monks will visit FAU to create a sand mandala in the Schmidt Gallery. There will be an opening ceremony on that day at noon, and the galleries will be open to the public through the week. The closing ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. There will also be a film presentation to explain the Buddhist tradition of Sand Mandala’s on Wednesday, February 29, at 4 p.m. in the University Theatre. For more information on this event, visit www.fau.edu/peacestudies.

The Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World Series is presented by FAU’s Peace Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation. For more information about peace studies at FAU, call 561-297-2337.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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