Interfaith Friday: Eryl and Wayman Kubicka

Friday, July 17, 2020
02:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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Wayman Kubicka graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1965 with a degree in philosophy. Through the study of philosophy he became deeply interested in Zen Buddhism and meditation. In 1967 Wayman joined an American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) team in Vietnam, helping to build and run a rehabilitation center for injured civilians in the war-torn province of Quang Ngai.

On leaving Vietnam he suffered a serious period of PTSD that was gradually alleviated by practicing meditation under the guidance of Roshi Philip Kapleau, founder of the Rochester Zen Center. In 2001 Wayman moved to Batavia, New York, to help build and run the Rochester Zen Center’s country retreat center, where he currently is in charge of training and teaches meditation. He was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 2010.

Eryl Kubicka was born in England in 1941 during the Second World War. The experience of growing up in the precarious and unpredictable environment of a country at war influenced a later search that led to the practice of Zen meditation. Eryl graduated as a physical therapist in1963, and in1969 joined the AFSC (Quaker) project as a physical therapist and practicing Buddhist in Quang Ngai, where she met Wayman.

They were married in 1970, and spent eight more years involved with the AFSC in post-war reconstruction projects. They have practiced Zen meditation for four decades under the guidance, first of Roshi Philip Kapleau, and later under the current abbot, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.  Eryl currently teaches meditation and coordinates the youth program at the Rochester Zen Center. 

Both Eryl and Wayman have been teachers of Buddhist meditation in Chautauqua’s Mystic Heart Program for ten years.