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Living in Interesting Times: Mindfulness and Deep Listening – the path to peace and justice
A day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor Saturday, Apr. 8th 2017, 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 April 8th. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about mindfulness and deep listening as vital components in peace and social justice work. 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, he 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, there will be cushions, bench and chairs available.

9:30am to 4:30pm
Fountain Street Church (DIFFERENT LOCATION THAN LAST YEAR)
24 Fountain St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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

Winter Mindfulness Retreat, Feb. 15 to 19

Friends,

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:

http://www.songofthemorning.org/accomodations

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

For questions about our retreat practices please contact:
Sam Ewalt of the Bluewater Community, ewalt@glis.net or Carla Thomas of the Detroit Lotus Sangha, carla@detroitlotussangha.org

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 erickorsedal@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Rohatsu 2015 Zazenkai, Dec. 6

Friends,

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

Friends,

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

Day of Mindfulness offered in Lansing Nov. 7

Friends,

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 info@lamc.info
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.

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: http://www.palchenbattlecreek.org/events/

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 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.

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.