Meditation-Based Mindfulness in Challenging Times

“Meditation-Based Mindfulness in Challenging Times”
A day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
Saturday, Apr. 14th, 2018 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 14th. 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, 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. Bring your own sitting gear, there will be some cushions, bench and many chairs available.

9:30am to 4:30pm
3368 Beltline Court
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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

7th Annual Michigan Walk to Feed the Hungry

From Buddhist Global Relief:

Don’t miss the 7th Annual Michigan Walk to Feed the Hungry at Kensington Park in Milford, Michigan, on Saturday, September 30, 2017. 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 renowned Buddhist scholar-monk Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi.

We invite you to join this work of compassion by walking, volunteering, or making a donation.

For more details about the 3-mile walk please go to the Fundraising Site

Online registration is required

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. check-in, 9:30 Walk, followed by a picnic lunch, Discussion of BGR projects, Dhamma talks by local Buddhist teachers, community forum

Location: Kensington Metropark, West Boat Launch Picnic Shelter, Milford, Michigan

Directions to Start Location: Kensington Metropark is located off Interstate 96 just east of US-23. From I-96, take exit 151/Kensington Rd and enter the park; there is a $7 entrance fee/car; After entering the park, drive about a half mile past the toll booth to the West Boat Launch Picnic Area on the right side of the road. The area is wheelchair accessible (the start point for the walk).

For more information contact
Buddhist Global Relief 888-852-7579
Maureen Bodenbach 248-345-2787

Ways you can support this event

Join the walk Register to Walk

Create your own fundraising page So your friends and family can sponsor your walk. It’s easy!

Sponsor a friend’s walk click on the Fundraiser’s Tab

Donate to Buddhist Global Relief Donate

Volunteer before or during the event Contact or call 248-345-2787.

Buddhist Global Relief provides grants for global hunger relief programs, including programs in education, farming, and women’s livelihood — all aiming toward food security. These programs offer girls in Cambodia and India the chance to go to school; promote sustainable farming in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Kenya; spread the benefits of breastfeeding to infants in drought-stricken Niger; provide produce to food centers in the U.S.; and give hot daily meals to hungry kids in Haiti.

Please spread the word about this worthy event to help the hungry! Posting the flyer.

Rohatsu 2015 Zazenkai, Dec. 6


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


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

Website updated, now more complete


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

New sangha listing in Escanaba


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
(419) 913-6914

5th Annual Walk to Feed the Hungry to include Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

2015 BGR Michigan Walk Event FlyerRegister 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

21 Day tour of Buddhist pilgrimage sites offered

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 looking to expand

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 to buy and renovate a suitable building in Kalamazoo. The campaign information on 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.

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim to speak in Ann Arbor 10/26

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
Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Rackham Building, Ampitheatre

2014 Worldwide Lecture Tour: 2014 Creating a World Full of Hope
Speaker: Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies
Date: 10/26/2014
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.