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UNI to host founder of Ryumonji Zen Monastery

March 13, 2014

Craig Klafter, associate provost, UNI International Programs, 319-273-6807,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rev. Shoken Winecoff, founder and abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery, will present his lecture "Diplomacy and Religion," Tuesday, March 25, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is part of the UNI Diplomat Series.

"The upcoming Diplomat Series lecture will be the sixth in a series designed to inform the UNI and Cedar Valley communities about important international issues of our time," said Craig Klafter, associate provost for UNI International Programs. "We are honored to have the Rev. Winecoff share his thoughts about the relationship between diplomacy and religion."

Ryumonji Zen Monastery was founded in 2000 when land was donated in Dorchester. Since then, four monastery buildings have been constructed in the ancient tradition of Zen monasteries. Ryumonji conducts zazen meditation sittings, which are open to the public, and monthly weekend retreats (sesshins) for lay practitioners. It is also a training monastery for Zen priests in the Midwest.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Klafter at 319-273-6807 or