Machida’s three ‘Arigato Meditation’ sessions set for September on Maui

Hiroshima professor Soho Machida will present three “Arigato Meditation” sessions on Maui this month.

“Arigato Meditation” is described in an announcement as a “way of subconscious cleansing.”

The first will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the Paia Rinzai Temple, followed by sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Lahaina Jodo Mission. A single session costs $25 or $20 per session for two or more.

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“Arigato Meditation” is an “easy practice that goes beyond religion or ethnicity,” according to an announcement.

“It allows the participant to achieve clarity of mind and a sense of vast fulfillment.”

Machida will present a free public lecture, “Buddha Dharma – The Way of our Life” at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Lahaina Jodo Mission, 12 Ala Moana St.

Machida left home when he was 14 years old to practice as a Zen monk for 20 years in a monastery in Kyoto, Japan, according to the announcement. Then, he came to the United States in 1984, as a graduate student at Harvard University’s School of Divinity and received master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Machida has taught at Princeton University, the National University of Singapore and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Now, 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.

Machida has appeared on a monthly Japanese national television Buddhism program and conducts meditation and fasting retreats throughout the country.

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