Growing pains

Friends, from time to time, software updates conflict with one another and cause more trouble than they’re worth. Some recent changes behind the scenes completely broke the site design of Michigan Buddhist. The previous design had been a source of trouble before, and I was just wanted to move on. I didn’t anticipate how difficult fixing the problems would be, so I decided to make the site live again with a preliminary design while I worked on a complete redesign. The current ‘look’ of Michigan Buddhist is functional, but not what I want, yet. I hope I haven’t inconvenienced anyone too much during the downtime. Best wishes to you and yours, always.

SokukoJi looking to expand

SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery in Battle Creek is looking to expand, and plan to purchase and renovate a building in Kalamazoo.

The Temple is no longer able to be open as a public church after a recent inspection and subsequent building code denial. SokukoJi continues to have services and programs as a Buddhist monastery, but wants to continue to provide public services and programs. They are fundraising through youcaring.com to buy and renovate a suitable building in Kalamazoo. The campaign information on youcaring.com explains SokukoJi, their outreach and programs, and the fundraising effort. Please consider engaging in this opportunity to practice dana, or giving. Your generosity will be appreciated.

Meditation retreat in Traverse City, 4/17-18

Kozan writes:

enso_monk_600Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group and SokukoJi Buddhist Community are hosting a two-day meditation retreat at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 6726 Center Road in Traverse City, Michigan. Sokuzan Bob Brown, a transmitted Soto Zen monk and abbot of SokukoJi Temple Monastery, will give meditation instruction, private interviews for asking questions about your personal practice, and a Dharma talk each day as it arises from the theme of the retreat. There will also be scheduled periods of sitting and walking meditation. The cost is $40 per day, or $70 for both days. Lunch and dinner will be provided Friday and Saturday. Lodging may be available with local sangha. Please send your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address to SokukoJi Buddhist Community-North, PO Box 256, Acme, MI 49610. For more information, please contact Kozan Karen McLean or Fleda Brown.

Spring Mindfulness Retreat, May 13-17

Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

For over ten years The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living has been offering mindfulness retreats up north at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan just north of Gaylord off I-75. We are happy to announce that our Spring Mindfulness Retreat this year will be held May 13-17. You may come just for the weekend, for all five days, or as your schedule allows.

Our spring retreat has become an anticipated event for many who enjoy the deep quiet and beauty of the north woods in spring. Everyone is welcome, beginners and experienced meditators alike.

We sit. We walk. We enjoy the nourishment of food and friends.

Our lives are often busy and complex. Mindfulness practice is an opportunity to slow down, focus, and enjoy our lives. Everyone from all walks of life and traditions are cordially welcomed to join us for these days together. The practice is simple, easy to follow, and of benefit to all.

Allowing yourself to enjoy peace and quiet in beautiful, natural surroundings with the companionship of spiritual friends can be transformational.

Song of the Morning offers 800 beautiful, wooded acres along the pristine Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation. We will practice sitting and walking meditation, enjoy some noble silence, yoga, the Ten Mindful Movements, dharma sharing discussions, early morning walks to greet the day, and other activities from the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Song of the Morning provides delicious vegetarian meals and a wide variety of comfortable accommodations. The cost will be around fifty dollars a night for a bed in the “Domes” and more deluxe rooms, some with private baths are available.

To register please review the accommodations at their web site. (please scroll down to see a chart with all your choices)

You can register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or office@songofthemorning.org. The easiest way to register is by telephone so that you may discuss your payment options. The office is now closed on Mondays.

Students with ID receive a twenty-five percent discount. Memberships which offer other discounts are also available.

For details about our practices at the retreat please contact Sam Ewalt, ewalt@glis.net or 810-388-1419.

Jack Lawlor leading retreat in Grand Rapids, 3/14

Eric Korsedal of Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community writes:

Withered Tree welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on March 14th. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about the tools available to us all that will cultivate mindfulness and relieve suffering.

Jack was is ordained in 1992 and given the name True Direction; he is one of only a few Dharma Teachers that represent Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to facilitating Lakeside Buddha Sangha (or ‘meditation group’) in the Chicago area, has led numerous retreats and Days of Mindfulness in the Midwest and northern Rocky Mountain States. He has been married for thirty-five years and has two adult children.

Jack has a warm personal style and the ability to bring humor and fun to the teachings. He also has a gentle approach, such as inviting practitioners to adjust their posture if they become uncomfortable while sitting in meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition with such a skillful teacher.

A vegetarian lunch will be served, and this year we will be meeting in a larger space. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided, please bring your cushion or bench; chairs and some cushions will be available.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Holistic Care Approach
3368 E. Beltline Court NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or erickorsedal@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Annual Winter Mindfulness Retreat, Feb. 11-15

Friends, Sam Ewalt of the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

Dear Friends,

There is still plenty of room up north at Song of the Morning for our annual Winter Mindfulness Retreat in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. The woods and river are lovely right now, with deep snow and deep quiet. Please join us if you can.

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living from Port Huron has been sponsoring mindfulness retreats up north at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt north of Gaylord for over ten years now. Song of the Morning is a beautiful, 800 acre retreat in the woods along the Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation.

We will enjoy practicing sitting and walking meditation, morning walks to greet the day, silent meals of gratitude, dharma discussions, yoga and other activities. The sangha is our teacher.

Our winter retreat this year will be held February 11-15. Please join us for the weekend, for all five days, or just for the afternoon. The cost is around fifty dollars a night for a bed in the dormitory “Domes” including delicious vegetarian meals.

Song of the Morning is now offering accommodation in the “Domes” on a “sliding scale” basis. Please contact Song of the Morning regarding payment arrangements.

Some private rooms and more deluxe suites are also available at their regular rates.

To register please visit http://www.songofthemorning.org/accomodations.html (please scroll down to see a chart with all your choices)

You can register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or office@songofthemorning.org. The easiest way to register is by telephone so that you may discuss your payment options. Students with ID receive a twenty-five percent discount. Memberships which offer other discounts are also available.

For details about our practice at the retreat please contact Sam Ewalt, ewalt@glis.net or 810-388-1419.

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim to speak in Ann Arbor 10/26

The University of Michigan’s Nam Center for Korean Studies will be hosting two lectures in Ann Arbor October 26 by the Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, a very well-known Korean monk and activist.

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim Korean Lecture
Speaker: Pomnyun Sunim
Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies
Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Rackham Building, Ampitheatre

2014 Worldwide Lecture Tour: 2014 Creating a World Full of Hope
Speaker: Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies
Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
Location: Rackham Building, Assembly Hall (4th Fl)

Ven. Pomyun Snim is considered one of the leading intellects in South Korea today, preaching on how to harmonize cultivation with social engagement. In 2002, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which has been called the ‘Asian Nobel Peace Prize. His lectures based on teachings on the Buddha and his long, diverse experiences as an activist can transcend language and cultural differences to help people all over the world. Ven. Pomnyun Snim was the subject of a New York Times profile In 2012, highlighting his efforts to establish one of South Korea’s first relief organizations, Good Friends, for North Koreans fleeing that country’s deprivations, and his ongoing activism on the North Korean people’s behalf.

He is not an only a peace activist but as a Guiding Zen Master, he has begun holding lectures for English speaking audiences through an interpreter. In April 2013, he conducted a “Dharma Dialogue” lecture for the participants of International Buddhist-Christian Conference “Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians in Dialogue” at the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and received positive reviews.

For more details, please check the Nam Center for Korean Studies special events calendar.

Regional Mindfulness Retreat 10/3 – 5

Friends,

Sam Ewalt of the The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

We are happy to remind you of our Regional Mindfulness Retreat in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Skyline Camp and Retreat Center
5650 Sandhill Road
Almont, Michigan 48003
Oct 3-5, 2014

We will gather together Friday evening, having had dinner elsewhere, and begin practice at 7:30 PM. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, noble silence, mindful meals, yoga, and other activities.

Skyline Camp and Retreat Center is located in the southeast corner of Lapeer County, a short one hour drive from Port Huron and Metro Detroit. Focus Hall, our facility for the retreat, was built in 1993 and has comfortable beds, modern bathrooms, a lounge area, and a large meeting room with serving kitchen. There are walking trails, woods, a labyrinth, a pond and a beautiful view from the highest elevation in Lapeer County.

The food will be potluck, with everyone encouraged to bring a vegetarian contribution for one dinner, one breakfast and something for the snack table.

The cost is just $75.00 payable in advance. Checks or money orders payable to “Regional Retreats” may be sent to Sam Ewalt, 50 Mack Ave, Lot 44, Marysville, Michigan, 48040. As of Aug 27 we have close to forty people registered in advance for the retreat. Please join us if you can.

Camping is also available for a cost of $20 for the weekend.

We have 64 beds available in 14 rooms, so we will have to share rooms. We will do our best to accommodate roommate preferences. Please let us know whom you would like to room with, if you snore, or if there are other considerations for us to keep in mind.

If you are not able to pay the entire amount in advance you may send a deposit of $25 to reserve a place at the retreat.

Please email Sam Ewalt, ewalt@glis.net if you have questions.

The Regional Mindfulness Retreat is being sponsored jointly by:

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living
Port Huron, Michigan

The Detroit Lotus Sangha
Ferndale, Michigan

The Bay Area Community of Mindful Living
Bay City, Michigan

Nimo Patel Empty Hands World Tour in Grand Rapids 10/3

Nimo Patel, international humanitarian, musician, and rapper will bring his Empty Hands World Tour to the Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids on Friday October 3 at 8:00 pm.

Nimo is a former wall street financier and successful musician who walked away from his career to dedicate his life to brining awareness of the plight of India’s children to the world. After spending more than a year at the Gandhi Ashram in India, he decided to use his musical talents to, as he says, “to spread love, kindness, and gratitude.”

Entrance to all of his concerts is by donation only, collected at the door. The proceeds go to provide education and material support to the children who live in the slums of India.

Nimo’s concerts are a mix of song and story: Nimo Patel and the Empty Hands Tour on YouTube

Download Nimo’s latest album for free.

Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Seating is limited and there are no advance ticket sales.
For more information call (616) 822-2465

The Empty Hands Tour stop in Grand Rapids is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour in Grand Rapids 9/25 – 28

The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a collection of sacred cremation relics from Buddhist masters that travels worldwide will be visiting Grand Rapids September 25 through 28, and can be seen at the Fountain Street Church.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour is a world-wide touring collection of sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea & China. The relics were found among the cremation ashes of these Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals that Tibetans call ‘ringsel.’ Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. His Holiness the Dalia Lama has graciously offered to this collection, eight relics of the historical Buddha that are over 2,500 years old. The tour also features relics from forty other Buddhist masters from different parts of the world, in all there are over 1,000 relics in this collection, making it the largest touring relic collection of its kind. The tour was created in 2001 by the modern day Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Zopa collected the relics from all over the world, over a period of many years. The tour has now visited 68 countries and over 2.3 million people have visited the relics. Currently two collections are touring simultaneously, one tour is traveling in Europe/Asia and the other in the Americas. Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour events are multi-faith, multi-cultural and are always free to attend. The exhibition is intended for all walks of life and faith, to learn about and to experience these historical relics.

Maitreya Relic Tour
Thursday: 6pm to 8pm Opening Ceremony followed by Relic viewing
Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10m to 7pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Fountain Street Church
Contact: Theresa Pearce
Email: lovingkindnessgr@yahoo.com
Telephone: (+1) 616-881-3281

Monastics in Ann Arbor and Detroit 9/5-10

Friends,

Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

A traveling group of monastics from the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh will be visiting Michigan during the next two weeks with many events planned in Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit. Please see the schedules below and participate if you can. Most of the events are free.

The two week visit culminates with up to a thousand people from all religions expected to participate in sitting and walking meditation at the State Capitol on Monday, 9-15 at 2 pm. Walk Together, Sit in Peace

Please help us publicize the events by forwarding this email as widely as possible.

Ann Arbor and Detroit events:

Friday September 5:
Sitting and walking meditation on the University of Michigan Diag, 2-4 pm

An Evening of Music and Mindfulness at the Yellow Barn Theatre, 7:30 pm
Facebook event
The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI
OurYellowBarn.com

Saturday September 6
Wake Up Day of Mindfulness for Young Adults (18-35) 10 am to 4 pm
Registration form
Ann Arbor Zen Temple, 1214 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday September 7
Huron River Sangha gathering 6:30 pm -9 pm
HuronRiverSangha.org
Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday September 9 (in Detroit)
Evening of Mindfulness “Let the Water Flow” 6pm to 9 pm
St Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit, MI
RSVP to Cindy at wowcst120@gmail.com

Wednesday September 10th
Event for Social Workers, U of M School of Social Work
1080 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

For questions about Ann Arbor events please contact annarbor@wkup.org