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Sat, Jun 08


Olean Meditation Center

Living Wide Awake

Join us for this interactive one-day retreat with Zen Master Barbara Meido Anderson, Guiding Teacher at O-An Zendo, to explore the meaning and practice of living a wide-awake life, a life of mindful presence, curiosity and wonder. Prior meditation experience not necessary. Advance tickets required.

Living Wide Awake
Living Wide Awake

Time & Location

Jun 08, 2024, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Olean Meditation Center, 2275 Dugan Rd, Olean, NY 14760, USA


About the event

We often hear advice on “being present,” “living in the moment,” the “eternal now.” And, how might we take to heart such advice? How might we put such advice into practice? Join us for a one-day retreat with Zen Master Barbara Meido Anderson exploring the meaning and practice of living a wide-awake life, a life of mindful presence, curiosity and wonder. The retreat will emphasize interactive activities including guided meditation, active listening, movement improvisation, sound circle and koan practice via contemplative reading and sharing.

Prior meditation experience is not required. The retreat is designed to be participatory and beneficial for all.

A pot luck meal will be provided by the Southern Tier Sangha

Advance tickets required. 

Ticket cost: 

General - $40. 

Southern Tier Sangha members - $20 (subsidized by dues)

Scholarships are available on request (send email to

Meido Barbara Anderson is the Resident Guiding Teacher at O-An Zendo in Julian, PA. She began practicing meditation in 1967 soon after receiving her doctorate in philosophy from Penn State University.  She began her formal study and practice of Zen with the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, receiving the Five Precepts from him in 1994. Thereafter, she studied and practiced in the Soto and Rinzai styles with Dai-en Bennage NiOsho, abbess of Mt. Equity Zen Center; Genro Lee Milton Sensei, abbot of Endless Mountain Zendo; and Jiro Andy Afable Osho of Early Light Zendo.  In 2010 she received the Ten Grave Buddhist Precepts from her guiding teacher Shoho Michael Newhall, abbot of Jikoji and Dharma heir of Kobun Chino Roshi. She was ordained as a Zen priest in 2011, and transmitted to become a Dharma heir in the Cloud Phoenix lineage in 2019 by Shoho Michael Newhall.  For the past five years, Meido has studied and practiced Japanese Ceremonial Tea, and offers tea regularly to members of the O-An sangha and the larger community.


  • Living Wide Awake

    Sale ends: Jun 08, 11:00 AM

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    From $20.00 to $40.00
    • $40.00
      +$1.00 service fee
    • $20.00
      +$0.50 service fee



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