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Thiel College welcomes Buddhist Monk Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho as part of Interfaith Series
As part of its Interfaith Lecture Series, Thiel College will welcome Rev. Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho, American Zen Buddhist Monk and founder of Blue Mountain Zendo, March 15-16.
By: Thiel College
Baker will appear in classrooms throughout the day and will lead a presentation to the Thiel (https://
On Friday, Baker will attend sociology classes in the morning in Bly Hall of the Academic Center. He will lead three separate meditation sessions in Weyers Lounge Friday afternoon and cap his day with a dinner at 5 p.m. with students, faculty and staff.
"Rev. Baker's visit is an essential part of our mission at Thiel College. We'd like to be instrumental in educating our campus community and the entire region about possibly new and unfamiliar spiritual paths. He will give our students, faculty and staff a first-hand opportunity to learn about Zen meditation,"
Baker's visit is part of the College's Interfaith Series--which in 2017, featured Fardosa Hassan, the first Muslim chaplain at Augsburg (Minn.) University and a celebration of Luther 500. On April 12-13, the series will feature Rev. Dr. Munib Younan, retiring bishop from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the outgoing president of the Lutheran World Federation.
Baker is an American Zen Buddhist Monk. He resides in Andreas, Pa., about 30 miles outside of Allentown. At 13, Baker was exposed to a Native American purification ceremony, which would be the catalyst for his spiritual path. For more than 25 years, Baker has studied and practiced Japanese Nichiren Soka Gakkai, Soto Zen, Vietnamese Thien (Vietnamese Zen), and Rinzai Zen. He was ordained by Thich Nguyen on Jan. 1, 2001. In 2014, Baker was named an Osho (Dharma Teacher) by Kokan Genjo Marinello, Osho. He is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association and Osho at Blue Mountain Zendo.
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