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Beginning Zen Practice, A Class with David Guy @ Chapel Hill Zen Center
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm

Monday nights, 7:30-9:00
January 14 to February 18

Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear.
— Master Dogen

Zen Meditation, or zazen, is the simple practice of being present with our experience. We hear the instructions in a matter of minutes, but spend a lifetime learning the practice. This class will introduce participants to meditation and give them support as they develop a daily sitting practice. It will also introduce them to other aspects of practice at the Chapel Hill Zen Center.

The first night will begin with meditation instructions and a short period of sitting. Each week we will continue to sit for a period at the beginning of class, gradually increasing the time. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and raise concerns about their practice. As the weeks proceed we will study other aspects of Zen practice, including walking meditation, protocol around the zendo, and the service of bowing and chanting. But the focus will be on zazen, and participants’ actual practice as it unfolds. The content of the class will emerge from participants’ questions and concerns.

Cost is $60, payable the first night, and will be contributed to the Zen Center. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to sign up, please contact David Guy at (919) 641-9277 or davidguy@mindspring.com.

David Guy has been practicing meditation since 1991, and regularly gives sitting instruction. He has co-authored two books with Larry Rosenberg of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center — Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation and Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive. In 2008 he published Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence. David’s Blog can be found at www.davidguy.org

Make cold process goat milk soap and take it home with you! @ Goat Milk Farm
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn to make your own handcrafted soap! No prior experience is required. I will provide all the equipment and materials to make a batch of cold process goat milk soap. The first half of the class we will talk about different kinds of soap making, equipment needed, different kinds of oils that can be used, and some safety precautions.

The second half of the class you make the soap! You will be able to take home ~1lb. of soap that you make during the class. After the class you will have the knowledge you need to make your own soap at home. A wonderful and fun experience that smells great too!

About your host: I have been making soap for a decade now for myself and my family. I started making my own soap while I was a oncology researcher. I came across an article “Seven Carcinogens Commonly Found in Beauty Care Products” in an oncology journal. I was dismayed to find out that the all natural and organic products I was using were full of carcinogens! I decided to start making my own soap that I knew would be all natural and healthy for my skin. A month after I started using my own soap, my eczema that I had since I was a child went away. I was amazed and hooked! I would love to teach you how to make your own soaps at home. You can make a healthy and affordable product for yourself and your loved ones.

Krispy Kreme Challenge @ Hillsborough Street
Feb 2 all-day

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a student-run, charity-based race dedicated to supporting the mission of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. We strive for a safe and fun event to bring together both the local community and international running scene to compete in a unique challenge of both athletic and gastrointestinal skill.

On February 3rd, 2018, we hosted 5,516 people for the 14th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, where we donated $170,000 to the UNC Children’s Hospital, bringing the cumulative donation to over an impressive $1.5 million. We are now UNC Children’s Hospital’s largest unrestricted donor.

Participants begin the Challenge at the Memorial Belltower on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Runners then travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peace and Person Streets, where they attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. The hardest part of the Challenge awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower.

RAW Run 5k @ Duke University's East Campus
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm

Join WRAL-TV Reporter Candace Sweat and Rasheed Wiggins’ Duke family as they kick off the inaugural RAW Run 5k as a way of bringing together old friends & family, and, hopefully, making new ones!

Rasheed A. Wiggins, a Duke University & Fuqua School of Business alum, strongly believed in physical fitness and the power of spending time with loved ones. Wiggins tragically passed away in 2016. A prize was launched in his name to be awarded annually during the Duke Startup Challenge.

Proceeds for the inaugural RAW Run 5k will benefit the Rasheed A. Wiggins Entrepreneurial Prize, which honors a unique emerging entrepreneur and/or startup team at Duke University each year. The winner(s) represents the persona of a man just as unique. It was created in honor of Rasheed A. Wiggins, a creative and talented marketing executive with an innate passion for entrepreneurship.

Visit https://www.rasheedwigginsprize.com/ to learn more