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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR...JUNIPER HILL/GREENBURGH CIVIC LEADER IS ALSO A BUDDHIST PRIEST AND DISCUSSES MEDITATION AND HOW BUDDHIST TEACHINGS CAN HELP RESIDENTS DEAL WITH CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY
Seth Segall is very active with the Juniper Hill Civic Association. He’s been a constructive and effective community leader. Last year, for example, the town completed construction of a sidewalk on Fair Street -an effort that Seth helped push for. Seth was also a member of the Greenburgh Climate Action Task Force which provided input for the Greenburgh Comprehensive Plan Seth is also a Buddhist Priest. He talks about the Buddhist community in Westchester and his involvement with them. I invited him to be my guest on the WVOX radio program (1460AM or www.wvox.com) last week. We discussed Buddhism, the benefits of meditation, how to meditate and how Buddhist teachings can help you deal with Coronavirus anxiety. Buddhsim encourages people to make peace with reality. Don’t react with fear, work with fear. Accept the world-enjoy the world. Seth Zuiho Segall, Ph.D. is a Zen Buddhist priest and retired clinical psychologist whose books include Buddhism and Human Flourishing: A Modern Western Perspective (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020) and Living Zen: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence (Rockridge, 2020). He is a former assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, and a former Director of Psychology at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Segall became a practicing Buddhist 25 years ago after learning how to meditate. He originally studied meditation as a tool to help chronic pain patients, but quickly discovered it deeply enriched his own life as well. His first book on Buddhism, Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings, was published by SUNY Press in 2003, and he has maintained The Existential Buddhist blog (www.existentialbuddhist.com) since 2010. He has been the science writer for the Mindfulness Research Monthly for the past 8 years. He ordained as a priest in 2016. Dr. Segall moved to Greenburgh, NY in 2007. He served for 4 years as a part-time volunteer chaplain associate at White Plains Hospital up until the hospital’s volunteer program closed due to the coronavirus, and is a member of the White Plains Religious Leaders. Dr. Segall belongs to two local Zen Buddhist communities: White Plains Zen, based at St. Bartholomew’s Church, and Boundless Way Zen of Westchester, based at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Both groups are continuing to meet virtually during the coronavirus crisis. Dr. Segall also periodically leads the Wednesday meditation group at the White Plains Library, which also continues to meet virtually. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/u4ws02oZ19o PAUL FEINER