Michigan Mindfulness Retreat

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living is happy to announce our
Fifth Annual Michigan Mindfulness Retreat at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan.

Come join us for five days of mindfulness practice
in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Michigan Mindfulness Retreat
September 15,16,17,18,19 Wednesday to Sunday
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, Michigan

Mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
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The 12 Step Buddhist Comes to Macomb

From The Macomb Daily:
Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010

By Maryanne Kocis MacLeod
Macomb Daily Staff Writer

Addiction recovery, like most puzzles, has many pieces. In his book “The 12-Step Buddhist” (Beyond Words, $16), Portland-based author Darren Littlejohn explores the integration of Buddhist philosophy/spirituality into more familiar, Western recovery models.

“For me, 12-step programs alone focus mainly on the day-to-day struggle,” Littlejohn said. “Psychotherapy alone doesn’t recognize spirituality. And Buddhism, in and of itself, does not understand addiction. For me, I had to come up with my own system and work it all together to be successful.”

Littlejohn will share his unique approach to recovery from 12–3 p.m. Saturday at SHAR, 6902 Chicago Road, in Warren. Cost is $10 per person; $25 tickets include a copy of his book with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Greater Macomb Project Vox. GMPV is a recovery advocacy group aimed at reducing the stigma attached to substance use disorders.
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Art and Buddhism Events at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple will celebrate Art Fair week with tours of the Temple gardens and presentations on Buddhism and art.

On Tuesday, July 20th, visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Temple ornamental and vegetable gardens beginning at 3:00 pm. At 7:30 that evening, Carolyn Putney, Interim Deputy Director and Curator of Asian Art at the Toledo Museum of Art, will speak on the migration of Buddhism across the Orient, using illustrations from the Museum’s Asian collections.

On Friday, July 23rd, garden tours will again be available starting at 3:00 pm. Benjamin Brose, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, will discuss dharma transmission in the Zen tradition; the presentation will begin at 7:30 pm.

The Temple will also offer an exhibition of Buddhist works of art, featuring items from its own and private collections. The exhibition will be open to the public during the hours of the garden tours and before and after the evening presentations.

All events will take place at the Temple, which is located at 1214 Packard Street, just north of the intersection of Packard and Granger Street in Ann Arbor.

These events are open to the public. A donation of $10 is suggested for the evening programs.

For additional information, contact the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple at 734-761-6520, or visit the web site at: http://www.zenbuddhisttemple.org/

May 22 Half-Day Retreat

The Great Wave Zen Sangha, in Ludington, Michigan, will hold a half-day retreat at People’s Church, Unitarian-Universalist (115 West Loomis, in Ludington) beginning Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and ending at 12:00 PM.   This retreat will be a “Bodhidharma” retreat; that is, while participants are asked to attend for the full four hours, there will be no set schedule of sitting and participants will be free to come into and leave the zendo as they wish.   Rev. Gendo will give interviews starting at 10:30.  This is event is free, although donations are appreciated.  For more information, please visit the Events Calendar at greatwave.org.

Spring Mindfulness Retreat

Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living is happy to announce our annual Spring Mindfulness Retreat at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan. Come join us for five days of mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

This spring Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor from Chicago will join us on the weekend to offer meditation instruction and dharma talks on the Vimalakirti Sutra.

Spring Mindfulness Retreat
June 2,3,4,5,6 Wednesday to Sunday
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center
Vanderbilt, Michigan
Mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Sponsored by The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living
with meditation instruction and dharma talks by
Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
“The Vimalakirti Sutra and Everyday Life”

Come join us just for the weekend or for all five days.

Song of the Morning offers eight hundred acres of forest land on the banks of the beautiful Pigeon River. Surrounded by thousands of acres of state land, the retreat is deeply quiet and ideal for meditation.

The retreat begins on Wednesday afternoon and ends with a festive dinner on Sunday at 1 PM. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. Jack will be with us starting Friday afternoon and it is expected that most people will come just for the weekend.

There will be a regular schedule of meditation and other activities on all five days.

We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, the Five and the Fourteen Mindfulness trainings, some silent meals, early morning walks to greet the sunrise, yoga, meditation instruction and dharma talks from Jack Lawlor, dharma discussions and other activities.

* Vegetarian meals

* Clean and modern accommodations

* Only forty-five dollars a night plus tax for a bed in the dormitory domes

* 15% discount for more than a three night stay

A few private rooms are available. Please see the Song of the Morning website for more information about the accommodations:


To reserve a private room please contact the office at Song of the Morning.

Students recieve a 25% discount and there is plenty of room for tents and campers. Camping is encouraged and is only thirty dollars a night plus tax. Two or three “loaner” tents are available.

Reduced rates are available on a limited basis by work exchange for those who can help in the kitchen. Please arrange this in advance with the Song of the Morning office.

Song of the Morning is located nine miles east of I-75 in Vanderbilt, Michigan, about a four hour drive from Detroit or Grand Rapids.

Please register for the retreat by emailing Matt Claus at the Song of the Morning office: office@goldenlotus.org or call him at 989-983-4107. The office is closed on Tuesdays.

We look forward to a wonderful retreat this spring. See you up north!

Sponsored by the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living
Port Huron, Michigan http://www.bluewaterbuddhist.org

A Weekend of Mindfulness

The Sustaining Power of Mindfulness
In the tradition of Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh
Hosted by Detroit Lotus Sangha
April 24-25, 2010
Ferndale, MI

Enjoy two days of mindfulness practice in the tradition of Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, led by Dharma Teacher Cheri Maples, of Madison, WI.

This retreat is an opportunity to rediscover the resiliency of the human spirit. For many, feeling overwhelmed and stressed has become all too common. Balance of heart and mind are key to sustaining ourselves, especially in the face of daily challenges. Through the practice of meditation, three essential skills that cultivate balance are developed – concentration, mindfulness and compassion. This retreat will emphasize these skills and move us towards deeper care, both for ourselves and for others. It is suitable for both beginning and more experienced meditators and practitioners.

The weekend will include sitting and walking meditation, talks on mindfulness practice, discussion of meditation and mindfulness practice, silent meals, formal transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, and other activities. Instructions on how to meditate will be provided. Please bring a meditation bench or cushion and a blanket and/or mat if desired. Folding chairs will be available.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings are central to the practice of Zen and are recommended for all practitioners, whether or not one participates in the formal transmission ceremony. A list of the trainings follows: 1.) Reverence for Life, 2.) True Happiness, 3.) True Love, 4.) Loving Speech and Deep Listening, and 5.) Nourishment and Healing. The full text of the trainings can be found at this link: The Five Mindfulness Trainings

Cheri Maples is an ordained Dharma Teacher by Zen master & peace activist. She is also a private consultant, trainer, spiritual life coach, and founder of the Center for Mindfulness & Justice. Cheri worked in the criminal justice profession for 25 years as a police officer, the Head of Probation & Parole, and an Assistant Attorney General in Wisconsin. She also has extensive experience as a community organizer and a social justice advocate. Cheri has incorporated all of these experiences into her understanding and teaching of the Dharma, and her practice of engaged Buddhism.

Retreat activities will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday 4/24 and from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday 4/25. Participants are welcome to attend for all or part of the retreat. Overnight accommodations are available in a large dormitory-style space for participants who bring their own sleeping bags and pillows. Some accommodations are available in the homes of Detroit Lotus Sangha members, and there are accessible local hotels in the area. Fruit, snacks, tea, and bottled water will be provided both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday participants are asked to bring a dish for a potluck lunch, and a catered dinner will be served Saturday evening. Lunch will be provided on Sunday. Meals will be vegetarian.

Costs are as follows:
$50 for the entire retreat, including a catered dinner on Sat. 4/24
$30 for Saturday only, including dinner
$20 for Saturday, without dinner
$20 for Sunday only

Come and enjoy meditation with us and deepen your mindfulness practice at an accessible location in metro Detroit. Information on location, parking, and other logistics will be emailed once registration is processed.

Please register by April 18, 2010 by emailing info@detroitlotussangha.org
Checks can be mailed to:

Detroit Lotus Sangha
247 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220

If you need to cancel, please do so by April 10, 2010. Payments will be refunded until that date.

Sponsored by :

Detroit Lotus Sangha
Ferndale, MI

Two Day Meditation Retreat in May

Great Wisdom Meditation Center

Thai Tue will lead a two day retreat at the Center May 15-16. This is a great chance to deepen your practice by putting aside daily activities. The retreat will run roughly from Saturday morning through early Sunday evening and will include vegetarian meals.

All are welcome. Call 616-877-4075 or email us if you would like an application or have questions.



Meditation Retreat with Sokuzan Brown

Steve Sampson from The Mindfulness Meditation Community of Grand Rapids writes:

The Mindfulness Meditation Community of Grand Rapids will hold a two day retreat the second week-end of February. Saturday, February 13, 1:30 to 9:00 pm and Sunday, the 14th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The retreat will be guided by Sokuzan Bob Brown of Battle Creek. Bob is a priest in the Soto Zen lineage.

We will practice sitting and walking meditation both Saturday and Sunday. Individual interviews with Bob Brown are available.

The retreat will be held at Expressions of Grace Yoga Studio. The studio is located at 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI., 49525. (616) 361-8580

Dinner on Saturday will be a supplied by the Grand Rapids Sangha. Sunday, people will brown-bag their lunch.

Come for one day or both.

Out of town guests can spend the night in the homes of members of the Grand Rapids Sangha. If you need overnight accommodations contact Steve at steve.sampson@comcast.net

The event is free, but donations to support the work are very much appreciated.

To register please contact Steve at steve.sampson@comcast.net