Walk to Feed the Hungry with Bhikkhu Bodhi

On September 10 the distinguished monk Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will lead a Walk to Feed the Hungry at Kensington Park near in Milford in SE Michigan.  All are invited to support this compassionate work by walking, volunteering, or making a donation.  The event is sponsored by Buddhist Global Relief www.buddhistglobalrelief.org. It will start with Dharma Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi and end with sharing of merit and a picnic lunch.

Date                                           Sept 10, 2011
Location                                      Kensington Metro Park, Milford MI
Check-in                                      9:30 a.m.
Walk  (3.5 miles)                         10:00 a.m.
Sharing of Merit & Lunch             Noon

Directions :  From I-96, take exit 151/Kensington Rd and enter the park;  there is a $5 park entrance fee/car; after entering, drive  1.9 miles past the toll both to BayWoods Picnic Area

(the start point for the walk).

For more information and ways to support the event go to http://www.firstgiving.com/BuddhistGlobalRelief/michigan  There you can register to walk yourself, invite your family and friends to sponsor your walk or Bhikkhu Bodhi’s walk, or donate directly to Buddhist Global Relief.  To volunteer  please email michiganBGRevent@gmail.com or call 248-345-2787.

Green Buddha – Board Member Needed

Would you like to help encourage religious communities in Michigan to become more energy efficient?  If so, the environmental group Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (www.miipl.org) is looking for a qualified Buddhist who would like to serve on its Board of Directors..

MIPL is a  Michigan non-profit environmental group of churches and individuals across Michigan that brings different faith traditions together in caring for the earth. It helps member churches increase the energy efficiency of church facilities, supports green education among congregations, and advocates for green public policies on behalf of  Michigan religious communities.

If you know of  Michigan Buddhist temples that might join MIPL or of a qualified Buddhist who would have the interest and time to serve on its Board of Directors, please ask them to get in touch with

Julie Lyons Bricker, LEED® AP
MIPL Executive Director
Phone (248) 808-2518

This is a dynamic organization with experienced board members who are expert in green building and environmental work. Serving on their Board to represent Michigan Buddhists in an interfaith effort would be rewarding personally and a meaningful service on behalf of green energy for the earth.

Monthly Dhamma Teaching with Ajahn Khemasanto

The public is cordially invited

Time: 3–4 pm, third Saturday of each month
(Feb. 19, March 19, April 16 …)

Place: Amitabha VillageRetreat Center of the Lansing
Buddhist Association (LBA)

Ajahn’s teaching will follow LBA’s  Monthly
Day of Mindfulness (
10 am–3 pm) at the Retreat Center. Those wishing to meditate beforehand are welcome to attend some or all of the day mindfulness (For more information contact lansingbuddhist@gmail.com )

Ajahn Khemasanto
.  Born & raised Catholic in Midland Michigan, Ajahn went to Thailand as a young man to become a Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition.  He received higher ordination as a Bhikkhu in 1969, and lived practicing in the forest of northeast Thailand with Thai masters for many years.  Ajahn learned and speaks fluent Thai, Cambodian, and Lao, and has translated important Thai forest teachings into English.  He returned to Michigan in 1999 to establish and serve as Abbot of Dhammasala Forest Monastery, located on the property neighboring LBA’s Amitabha Village.  While a monk in Michigan Ajahn has taught the dhamma and Buddhist meditation to Americans, Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese at Dhammasala.  LBA is honored to offer his monthly series of dhamma teachings at Amitabha Village.

Directions: Amitabha Village Retreat Center
14796 Beardslee Rd, Perry MI 48872
>From E. Lansing—Go east on Saginaw.  Bear right at Haslett Road. Stay on Haslett for 9.1 miles.  Turn left onto N. Williamston Road. After 2.2 miles, N. Williamston becomes Beardslee, a dirt road.   Go about 1/3 mile to Amitabha Village. The meditation hall is the third structure on the left.  Check-in is at the house across the street from the hall.
> From Ann Arbor/Detroit. Take I-96 west to exit 117 (Williamston Rd).  Go north on Williamston to Haslett Rd, a dead end.  Turn right on Haslett, then make an immediate left on next street (N. Williamston), & proceed as in the E. Lansing directions

Chan Master Visits Michigan October 8-9

On October 8-9, 2010 Chan Master Gilbert Gutierrez , the dharma heir of the late great Chan Master Shengyen, will give a public talk in Ann Arbor and lead a one-day meditation retreat near Lansing.  The public is cordially invited.  Both events are free.  Donations are welcome.

Dharma talk  “Ch’an (Zen) Practice”
Time: Friday October 8, 2010, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Boulevard Room, Pierpont Common, North Campus, University of Michigan.
Address: 2101 Bonisteel, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (734) 764-7544
Web Link for Pierpont Common: http://uunions.umich.edu/pierpont/

Daylong Meditation Retreat
Saturday  October 9, 2010
Check-in:   9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Meditation & Instructions:  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m (w/ vegetarian lunch )
Location:  Amitabha Village, 14796 Beardslee Rd, Perry, MI 48872
(50 min west of Ann Arbor; 20 min east of Lansing)
Please register online at http://www.LansingBuddhist.org
For more information contact: (517) 293-3110 or lansingbuddhist@gmail.com

Sponsored by Ann Arbor Buddhist Society, Lansing Buddhist Association, and Dharma Drum Mountain (Michigan Chapter)

Short Biography – Gilbert M. Gutierrez,  Chan Master

Gilbert Gutierrez is a lay Chan master in the Chinese tradition.

His parents were from Mexico, and he grew up and was raised a Catholic in the United States. Gilbert obtained a BA and also a law degree at UCLA.

In 1974 he was admitted to the California bar and has practiced law for over thirty years in Riverside California.

Growing up Catholic Gilbert felt a strong tie with the Virgin Mary and the concept of universal compassion for all beings. But he also had religious doubts and felt a longing for a great truth which he knew existed but hadn’t found. His religious search took him to many corners, and he also practiced for years in the marital arts.

Being drawn to the meditative dimension of the martial arts, Gilbert began studying Chi Gong with different masters. He was invited to become a Chi Gong master himself but declined feeling his deeper questions had not been answered.

Gilbert began formal training in Buddhism under a Buddhist Chi Gong Master. Chance events led him to read the Diamond Sutra, and he had a profound experience of illumination.

Later Gilbert met and undertook years of training as a disciple of the Great Chan Master Venerable Sheng-yen.  After devoted effort, he became one of five lay persons and the only American to receive transmission as a Master Sheng-yen’s dharma heir as a Chan Buddhist master.

Today Gilbert teaches dharma and practices law in Riverside California.

He is married to Ai-Lun Wei, also a discipline of Master Sheng-yen, and has a son, Ananda who often accompanies his father around the country when Gilbert teaches.

Gilbert’s web page from The Riverside Chan Meditation Group is  http://www.riversidechan.org/.   His dharma talks can be downloaded at   http://dharmatalks.riversidechan.org.

This October Gilbert is returning by popular request to teach for the seventh time to Michigan, where he has a growing group of dharma students.

Distinguished Buddhist Nun Visits Michigan

The Lansing Buddhist Association is honored to announce a visit to
Michigan by Sayalay Sister Susila, a distinguished Buddhist nun
trained in Burmese methods of  insight meditation.

Sister will give a public talk from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday September 11, 2010; lead a day of mindfulness on Sunday September 12; and then continue with a full seven day retreat for more advanced practitioners.  The public is invited to any and all events. All events are  at Amitabha Village Retreat Center near Williamston (15 min. east from Lansing, 50  min. west from Ann Arbor). There is no retreat fee. Free will donations are welcome. To register or for more information please contact Lansingbuddhist@gmail.com or call (517) 292-3110.

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