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Michigan Buddhist supplies listings for the many sangha, or groups of Buddhist practitioners, throughout Michigan. Finding them is easy when using the ‘DIRECTORY’ menu above. It’s a drop-down menu, so when you hover your mouse over the menu, another level of choices is displayed. Hover over a region in Michigan and another level of choices–the cities in that region–are displayed. Click on the city nearest you to display the locations.

Winter Mindfulness Retreat, Feb. 15 to 19


Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

Winter Mindfulness Retreat
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, Michigan

Wednesday, February 15 to Sunday February 19, 2017

Come just for the weekend or for all five days. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, deep relaxation, dharma sharing discussions, a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and other practices with ample time for personal rejuvenation.

The cost is around fifty dollars for a bed in the dormitory dome including delicious vegetarian meals. Song of the Morning now offers special reduced rates for full time students and those experiencing financial hardship. Some private rooms and deluxe suites are available at their regular rates. Please see their website for more information:

To register and reserve accommodation please contact the Office at Song of the Morning,, 989-983-4107.

For questions about our retreat practices please contact:
Sam Ewalt of the Bluewater Community, or Carla Thomas of the Detroit Lotus Sangha,

We hope to see you up north!

Future dates:

Spring Mindfulness Retreat, May 31 to June 4, 2017
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center, Vanderbilt, Michigan

Fall Regional Mindfulness Retreat, October 13-15, 2017
Camp Skyline, Almont, Michigan (Lapeer County)

Weeklong retreat with Shaila Catherine May 6-13

Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center of Ann Arbor has announced an upcoming meditation retreat with teacher Shaila Catherine from Insight Meditation South Bay in Silicon Valley.

Dates: May 6 to May 13, 2017
Where: Colombiere Retreat Center, 9075 Big Lake Rd, Village of Clarkston, MI 48346
Cost: between $530 and $600 depending on your lodging choice. For those who find the cost a barrier to attending, the Still Mountain Sangha is providing funds (discount) to make this retreat more accessible.
Teacher: Shaila Catherine
Retreat details: Here
Registration: Here
You can also download the Retreat flyer

Breathing in, I know I am alive

Breathing In, I know I am alive:
The Buddha’s Discourse on Awareness of the Breath:
Tools for dealing with difficult times & challenging relationships

A day of Mindfulness led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
Saturday, Apr. 9th, in Grand Rapids

Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on Arpil 9th. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about the Buddha’s teaching on breath awareness as a toolkit available to aid us in times of need.

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. 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

Space may be limited, please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or to register or for more information.

Ethical Eating Day – Jan. 11 2016

Tzu Chi USA is an international humanitarian organization whose mission is to relieve the suffering of those in need, and create a better world for all.Ethical Eating Day banner
This is late notice, as I only heard about it this earlier this morning, but I wanted to make everyone aware who might be interested in making a positive change in their lives. Please visit the Tzu Chi website, and consider eating a vegetarian diet today for the benefit of all beings.

New sangha info posted


Thanks to new information from some kind visitors to Michigan Buddhist, we are able to list a new monastery in Chelsea, and updated information for two sangha in Ann Arbor, as well as a new secular sangha.

We are always interested in making Michigan Buddhist a valuable resource for the greater Buddhist community. Please inform us if you know of changes to a sangha listing, and especially news of a new listing.

Thank you.

Rohatsu 2015 Zazenkai, Dec. 6


Great Wave Zen Sangha of Ludington writes:

Great Wave will be holding a day-long retreat, or zazenkai, on December 6, 2015. Dubbed the 2015 Bright Star Zazenkai, this retreat is a traditional part of Rohatsu, the Zen tradition’s week-long commemoration of Shakyamuni Buddha‘s enlightenment beneath the bo tree 2500 years ago.

Geared for practitioners of all levels, this retreat will offer participants an opportunity to deepen their practice of meditation, study scripture, hear a Dharma talk, and to receive private instruction (daisan) from Gendo Sensei.

For more information, and to register for this event, please see our online events calendar.

Winter mindfulness retreat, Feb. 10-14


Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

For the past ten years I have been organizing mindfulness retreats up north at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan. This winter I am traveling on pilgrimage to India and will be unable to conduct the Winter Retreat which is scheduled
for February 10-14, 2016. The retreat will go on as usual. Please come for all five days or just for the weekend. You may register directly with Song of the Morning.

Carla Thomas of the Detroit Lotus Sangha in Ferndale who has been assisting with the retreats for some time will facilitate this winter’s retreat. Please give her your co-operation and support. Please contact Carla for information about the winter retreat.

Also, our Spring Mindfulness Retreat is scheduled for the first weekend of June, June 1-5, 2016. It is hoped that this latter date will be convenient for many people and a bit warmer as well.

I will be back in Michigan the first week of March, 2016 and hope to see you in the spring. It is wonderful here in India. Right now I am at an internet cafe in a little mountain village in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains enjoying the crisp mountain air.

May all beings be happy and peaceful,

Sam Ewalt
The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living
Port Huron, Michigan

Website updated, now more complete


I spent a few days scouring the internet to find the most up to date information for temple, group, and sangha in Michigan. Historically it’s been hard to discover non-English language temples, as they don’t show up in English-language queries. I stumbled across a great resource that’s made this task much simpler. Most if not all temples and groups of any size are registered as non-profit, and searching their non-profit filings is quite easy. So, I added a couple of dozen temples and groups I previously didn’t know about! Continue reading Website updated, now more complete

Day of Mindfulness offered in Lansing Nov. 7


Sam Ewalt of the Blue Water Community of Mindlful Living writes:

The Lansing Area Mindfulness Community and
The Vietnamese-American Buddhist Association of Lansing (V.A.B.A.L.),

Invite you to a

Day of Mindfulness
led by Dharma teacher Jack Lawlor in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
We will enjoy sitting & walking meditation, group discussion & a Dharma Talk on Mindfully Engaging the World: The 16 Bodhisattva Precepts

Saturday, November 7, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the Van Hanh Temple
3015 S. Washington Street (close to McLaren Hospital)
Lansing MI 48910

Suggested Donation: $20 ($10 for students) All checks made to V.A.B.A.L.
Please bring a blanket and/or sitting cushion, plus shoes for outdoor walking meditation.
Vegetarian lunch provided by the Vietnamese community. (Participants with special diets may bring their own meals.)

Register by email Tara Scott
Or by telephone Carolyn White (517) 351-5866

**There will be an opportunity to take The Five Mindfulness Trainings (5 precepts). Please contact Tara or Carolyn for further information.

New sangha listing in Escanaba


Today I added Little Bay Zen Buddhist Sangha in Escanaba to the listings of Sangha throughout Michigan. If you’re nearby, consider stopping to support them.

Little Bay Zen Buddhist Sangha
affiliated with the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo
William Bonifas Arts Center
700 1st Ave S
Escanaba, MI 49829
meets Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.
Joseph Roshin Mold
(419) 913-6914