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 2016. 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.

SokukoJi offering December Retreat

Kozan Karen McClean writes:

Join us in retreat at SokukoJi Buddhist Community in Battle Creek, Michigan December 1st through December 8th. This is a great opportunity to deepen your awareness practice with the support of sangha! Sokuzan Bob Brown will give a Dharma talk and be available for interviews each day.

December 1st through 4th is Ango (practice period). There will be block sitting practice (shikantaza) in the morning, and the afternoon will include various awareness practices like Dharma study, calligraphy, oryoki, ikebana, temple forms, work periods and more meditation practice.

On December 5th-8th there will be traditional Soto Zen sesshin to honor the enlightenment of the Buddha. This will be a period of intensive meditation practice. Lunch and dinner will be served oryoki style in the zendo.

Come for any or all of these activities. Lodging is available at the temple. The cost is $70.00/day, which includes 3 meals, lodging, and expenses for the day’s activities.

The FINAL DEADLINE for registration is WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27th. If you have questions, contact Kozan at kmcleanpt@gmail.com or mail the completed registration below to:

SokukoJi Buddhist Community-North
PO box 256
Acme, MI 49610

Lama Tashi Topgyal to teach in Battle Creek, Nov. 16-17

LamaTashiTopgyal.254102050_stdThe Palchen Study Group in Battle Creek will host Lama Tashi Topgyal Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17.

Lama Tashi Topgyal is from Raktrul Monastery in eastern Tibet. After many years of study, he went into a nine-year-nine-month retreat. He came to the U.S. in 2003 to teach at Kunzang Palchen Ling in New York, a Tibetan Buddhist center founded by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche.

Lama Tashi Topgyal will give teachings on bodhichitta and instructions on tonglen practice at the Holistic Health Center in Battle Creek, 181 North Avenue. He’ll also bestow the Refuge Vow and offer the Chenrezig Empowerment from the treasure collection of Terchen Barway Dorje (1836-1918).

The cost for the entire weekend is $100 or $25 per session. Refuge is required to receive the empowerment. If you’re not interested in taking refuge, you are more than welcome to attend just the teaching sessions. Call Matt Willis (275) 275-0090 to register. Please visit http://palchenbattlecreek.org for complete program details.

Zazenkai retreat at Great Wave Zen Sangha, Nov. 10

Great Wave Zen Sangha of Ludington will hold a traditional one-day zazenkai retreat on November 10. Participants will have an opportunity to deepen and clarify the experience of zazen, practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk. We request a donation of $30.

Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor, Nov. 2

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 in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with dharma teacher Jack Lawlor.

Jack will offer a dharma talk regarding “Mindful Communications, Mindful Relationships”

We will enjoy sitting & walking meditation, chanting of the Heart Sutra, and a group dharma discussion.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
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. Chairs will be available. Vegetarian lunch provided by the Vietnamese community. (Participants with special diets may bring their own meals.)

Register by email Tara Scott: dharma_yoga@hotmail.com, or by telephone: Carolyn White (517) 351-5866

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

HH Denma Lochö Rinpoche to visit Jewel Heart

HH Denma Lochö RinpocheOur friends at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor write:

We are delighted to announce that His Holiness Denma Locho Rinpoche will visit Jewel Heart Ann Arbor November 5-20, 2012.

During his visit, Rinpoche will offer a teaching and oral transmission of Je Tsongkhapa’s Essence of Eloquence, widely regarded as Je Tsongkhapa’s most outstanding and penetrating presentation of the Middle Way approach to the true nature of reality in Tibetan Buddhism. Though the detailed teaching schedule is still being worked out, we expect that Rinpoche will teach for 3-4 hours a day, likely in the afternoons, over a 10-day period

Born in Kham, eastern Tibet, in 1928, and educated at Drepung Loseling monastery and the Gyume Tantric College, HH Denma Locho Rinpoche is revered as one of the senior-most eminent scholar-teachers of the Je Tsongkhapa tradition. Rinpoche has visited Jewel Heart several times over the years. In 2002, he taught on the wisdom verses of Je Tsongkhapa’s Lines of Experience, and in 2004 he gave the Guyasamaja initiation. Most recently, in 2008, he taught on Guntang’s Meaningful Praise to Tsongkhapa.

Grand Rapids Zen Center to Host Five Precepts Ceremony

The Grand Rapids Zen Center will host a Five Precepts Ceremony Sunday April 8, 2012. Anyone who is interested in participating must cotact the Venerable Deokwun Russell Pitts not later than December 3, 2011. The ceremony will be conducted by the Venerable Jongmae Park, Head of the Oversea Parish of the Korean Buddhist Teago Order on Monks and Nuns. There are specific preparatory trainings and practices that must be completed prior to the April ceremony. If you are interested in participating please call Deokwun Sunim prior to December 3rd at 616 822 2465

Buddhist Film Night

Grand Rapids Zen Center will host the showing of 2 documentaries on Saturday Nov 12 starting at 7:00 pm at the center located at 156 E Fulton on downtown Grand Rapids. The documentaries are: Zen Buddhism: The Search for Self and The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei. Both films explore the rigorous practice some nuns and monks go through to reach enlightenment. There will be a discussion following the films. Suggested donation is $5.

Grand Rapids Zen Center Intro to Buddhism Class

The Grand Rapids Zen Center will offer an Introduction to Buddhism class starting July 6 at 6:30 pm. The same class will be offered on Sundays after the Sunday morning service. The class will continue for four weeks. For more information please visit the center’s website at http://www.grzen.org