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.
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,
The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living
Port Huron, Michigan
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 Website updated, now more complete
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
Today I added Chelsea Meditation to the listing of Sangha throughout Michigan. If you’re in the area, stop by and support them.
Washington Street Educational Center
Chelsea, MI 48118
Thursday 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Carol Blotter email@example.com
Register 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 5th Annual Walk to Feed the Hungry to include Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
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 21 Day tour of Buddhist pilgrimage sites offered
SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery in Battle Creek is looking to expand, and plan to purchase and renovate a building in Kalamazoo.
The Temple is no longer able to be open as a public church after a recent inspection and subsequent building code denial. SokukoJi continues to have services and programs as a Buddhist monastery, but wants to continue to provide public services and programs. They are fundraising through youcaring.com to buy and renovate a suitable building in Kalamazoo. The campaign information on youcaring.com explains SokukoJi, their outreach and programs, and the fundraising effort. Please consider engaging in this opportunity to practice dana, or giving. Your generosity will be appreciated.
We’ve added some new listings of Buddhist groups, in Grand Blanc, Saginaw, and a new listing in Holland. We hope that people living nearby will benefit.
The University of Michigan’s Nam Center for Korean Studies will be hosting two lectures in Ann Arbor October 26 by the Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, a very well-known Korean monk and activist.
Ven. Pomnyun Sunim Korean Lecture
Speaker: Pomnyun Sunim
Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Rackham Building, Ampitheatre
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Speaker: Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies
Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
Location: Rackham Building, Assembly Hall (4th Fl)
Ven. Pomyun Snim is considered one of the leading intellects in South Korea today, preaching on how to harmonize cultivation with social engagement. In 2002, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which has been called the ‘Asian Nobel Peace Prize. His lectures based on teachings on the Buddha and his long, diverse experiences as an activist can transcend language and cultural differences to help people all over the world. Ven. Pomnyun Snim was the subject of a New York Times profile In 2012, highlighting his efforts to establish one of South Korea’s first relief organizations, Good Friends, for North Koreans fleeing that country’s deprivations, and his ongoing activism on the North Korean people’s behalf.
He is not an only a peace activist but as a Guiding Zen Master, he has begun holding lectures for English speaking audiences through an interpreter. In April 2013, he conducted a “Dharma Dialogue” lecture for the participants of International Buddhist-Christian Conference “Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians in Dialogue” at the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and received positive reviews.
For more details, please check the Nam Center for Korean Studies special events calendar.
The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a collection of sacred cremation relics from Buddhist masters that travels worldwide will be visiting Grand Rapids September 25 through 28, and can be seen at the Fountain Street Church.
Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour is a world-wide touring collection of sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea & China. The relics were found among the cremation ashes of these Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals that Tibetans call ‘ringsel.’ Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. His Holiness the Dalia Lama has graciously offered to this collection, eight relics of the historical Buddha that are over 2,500 years old. The tour also features relics from forty other Buddhist masters from different parts of the world, in all there are over 1,000 relics in this collection, making it the largest touring relic collection of its kind. The tour was created in 2001 by the modern day Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Zopa collected the relics from all over the world, over a period of many years. The tour has now visited 68 countries and over 2.3 million people have visited the relics. Currently two collections are touring simultaneously, one tour is traveling in Europe/Asia and the other in the Americas. Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour events are multi-faith, multi-cultural and are always free to attend. The exhibition is intended for all walks of life and faith, to learn about and to experience these historical relics.
Maitreya Relic Tour
Thursday: 6pm to 8pm Opening Ceremony followed by Relic viewing
Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10m to 7pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Fountain Street Church
Contact: Theresa Pearce
Telephone: (+1) 616-881-3281
Dharma Gate Zen Center opened in Troy May 11. Ven. Hoden Sunim, Abbot, was ordained at the Seonamsa Monastery in South Korea. The center will offer Introduction to Buddhism classes, Meditation classes, and Japanese Swordsmanship classes. For more information see their listing on the Troy page.