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

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

5th Annual Walk to Feed the Hungry to include Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

2015 BGR Michigan Walk Event FlyerRegister to join Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi at the 5th Annual Walk to Feed the Hungry at Kensington Park in Milford, Michigan, on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Buddhists from all over the state of Michigan and in cities around the world will gather together to Walk in support of the hunger relief programs of Buddhist Global Relief, the charity founded by this renowned Buddhist scholar-monk.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

9:00 a.m. check-in, 9:30 Walk, followed by a picnic lunch and Discussion of BGR projects, including local BGR partner Keep Growing Detroit.

Kensington Metropark, Milford, Michigan

Online registration is required. Continue reading

21 Day tour of Buddhist pilgrimage sites offered

Ken and Vishaka Kawasaki of the Buddhist Relief Mission are organizing a 21 day tour of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India for February 2016. This will be a wonderful opportunity to tour the Buddhist sites by train and air conditioned coach with experienced people who are dedicated Buddhists and meditators. The cost will be around $1500 including all travel and accommodation in India. Continue reading

Site updates, new sangha listings

Friends, I’m happy to report that I’ve added two new pages, for two new sanghas: Madison Heights, and Westland. I’m also in the process of giving each city that contains sangha it’s own page, instead of having a page for an area. The Detroit page has listings for a lot of sanghas throughout the metro area, which will soon have their own pages. Royal Oak is the first such page. I’ve also added new sangha on the Kalamazoo page, so please take a look and check out the latest changes to Michigan Buddhist.

The redesign project is on hold, as you’ve probably noticed by now. Never seems to be enough time to do all the stuff you want to do. The secret, of course, is to prioritize what is most important. Perhaps I need to re-examine those priorities? Perhaps.

Lama Tashi Topgyal to teach 9/19-20

Lama Tashi Topgyal will teach on “The Story of Nyama Paldarbum” from the illustrious “Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa” in Battle Creek, Michigan, September 19 – 20, with translation by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso. Milarepa (1052-1135 CE) was a wandering mountain ascetic and is widely regarded as Tibet’s greatest yogi. Nyama Paldarbum was one of his female disciples. This teaching contains profound advice and meditation instructions.

During this weekend Lama Tashi Topgyal will also bestow Refuge Vows and offer the Green Tara Empowerment from the terma of Terchen Barway Dorje.

Besides translating for Lama Tashi Topgyal, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso will teach a session on How to Relate to Guru Rinpoche and the treasure tradition.

For details and to register:

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.