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Roger Cantu and the Meditation Club. You can contact us via email at
are located in San Antonio, Texas.
The Meditation Club is an organization dedicated to aid its members to
develop active, well disciplined lives by concentrating on mental, physical,
and career development. Group members help each other learn to improve
their careers, academic studies, and spiritual lives, by incorporating into
their daily routine the wonderful practice of meditation.
Meditation, taught without religious affiliation, is the process of
learning concentration and focus which can lead an individual to a level of
excellence in all aspects of their life, including school, career, personal
relationships, and happiness.
The Meditation Club sponsors monthly seminars for anyone interested in
meditation and to explore different topics related to self-discovery. The
purpose of the Meditation Club is to create an open forum for all the
members of the community to share their interest in meditation and
spirituality. The Meditation Club teaches a form of meditation that
emphasizes the importance of focus and concentration to strengthen and
clarify the mind. This type of mediation is called Chakra Meditation. It is
an adaptation of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, and Original
The practice of meditation is about living a very grounded, happy, and
fun life. It's about being energized, and being good at everything that you
do, and getting better constantly. It's about utilizing the full power of
your mind, body, and spirit, to enjoy life and to experience its
Roger Cantu, Director of the
Meditation Club, has studied and practiced meditation for many years. He is
a wonderful teacher, and the author of "Powerful Mental Development", "Journey to India",
and other books.
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In 1986, I (Roger Cantu) was standing outside of
the Japan American Theater looking at the Zen garden located off the
side of the auditorium. Rama Dr. Frederick Lenz approached me and said,
I replied, "Hi Rama." After a moment of
silence and contemplation of the garden, I asked Rama, "Are you going to
organize the Meditation Club again at UCLA?" (Rama and a few of his
students had organized a student organization at UCLA aimed at holding
free meditation seminars on campus).
Rama said, "Yes, we are."
"Great! Well, I'm a UCLA student. If you
need any help, let me know. I would be happy to help."
"I will keep you in mind." Said Rama and
slowly walked away.
In 1991, a small group of Rama students came
to UCLA and were looking for a faculty or staff member who would sponsor
the group. I was working at UCLA at the time and told the group to ask
Rama if I could be the sponsor, and he agreed.
A year later, Rama came into town to meet
all the UCLA students that had participated in the Meditation Club
during the year and meditated with them in Malibu. During Rama's visit
to LA, I met with Rama and he told me that I should start teaching basic
meditation classes at UCLA and keep the Meditation Club going. He felt
that it would be good for me to teach young people how to meditate. He
also mentioned that he remembered our brief encounter outside of the
Japan American Theater years before. We both laugh about how long it
took us to get this done...
Since that time, I have kept the Meditation
Club going even though I have moved around the country. I have organized
the meditation club at UCLA, the University of Texas at Arlington, the
University of Houston, and now in San Antonio, Texas.
However, I am by no means the "heir to the
throne." There are many other teachers in the Rama lineage that are much
better than me. I am just a teacher of basic meditation. Kundalini,
Tony, Jenna, Lynne, and many others have done a excellent job of teaching
through the years. I just feel very lucky to be part of this experience we call American Buddhism.