Library continues religion series with ‘Ask a Buddhist’ on May 9


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will continue its popular “Glimpse of Religion in America” series with “Ask a Buddhist” at 6 p.m. on May 9

Come and learn about the basics of Zen Buddhism from the Rev. Patricia Dai-En Bennage of Mt. Equity Zendo in Pennsdale.  She will discuss some of the history of Buddhism both in Japan and in the U.S.  She will also talk about the practices of Buddhism and about the Mt. Equity Zendo that she leads, and will offer a brief demonstration of how to do chair meditation.

The Rev. Bennage found her path on Buddhism with “A Manual of Zen” by D. T. Suzuki in 1958. A resident of Japan for 23 years, she began practice with the Rinzai Zen Master Omori Sogen Roshi in Tokyo in 1975. After receiving Transmission, she graduated from the Shike program in 1990. She practiced with the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh before founding Mt. Equity Zendo in 1991.

Installed as Abbess in 2005, Rev. Dai-En is a Jun-Shike, or Associate Master Teacher, authorized to assist other teachers’ disciples and assist in major ceremonies. Visit for more information about the zendo.

The free program will be held in the third floor Lowry Room of the Welch Children’s Wing of the library. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit to register or call 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. The James V. Brown Library is part of PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.