Night & Day

February 19-25, 1998

February 23
Go from stressed-out to blissed-out at the new Delray Beach Mahayana Buddhist Center. Buddhist beliefs are growing in popularity in the U.S., and this new group brings the positive vibes, calm, compassion, wisdom, and kindness to town with a free public lecture on "Meditation and Positive Thinking" tonight at 7 p.m. Spiritual leader Nick Gillespie will guide the uninitiated in the 2500-year-old practice, promoting meditational deep-thinking as a way to decompress in our fast-paced world. He says there will be no big-bellied Buddha statue to rub, though a portrait of the more svelte Buddha of the Kadampa Buddhism Gillespie dispenses will overlook the proceedings. Buddhism came to the West from India, and Gillespie learned by studying for sixteen years under guru Gesha Kelsang Gyatso. The opening event is free, but classes held every Monday thereafter will cost $7 each. The lecture takes place at the Social Room, 2220 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Call 561-243-4070.

February 25
They may be a step slower these days, but they can still run most of us off the court. Yesterday's tennis superstars Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Andres Gomez, and others play in the Nuveen Tennis Tour Citibank Champions tournament today through February 27 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center (201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach). The senior tennis event is the final stop on the tour before the Nuveen Masters championship tournament next week in Naples. Borg and Connors have already qualified for slots in that event but will play doubles rounds in Delray Beach. The real drama comes in matches featuring players such as John Lloyd, who battles Brian Gottfried in the opening match today in an attempt to clinch a spot in the Nuveen Masters for the fourth consecutive year. The winner goes to the championship tourney. Citibank matches begin at 1 and 7 p.m. all three days. Ticket prices range from $10 to $30; kids age fourteen and under get in for $3. Call 561-243-0899.

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