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

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.

New Mindfulness Community in Kalamazoo

The Mindfulness Meditation Community of Kalamazoo practices sitting, walking and guided meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We also enjoy a brief reading, and use it as a springboard to discuss the joys and challenges of practicing mindfulness and being truly present in our daily lives. The group meets at the Awake and Aware Yoga Studio, 3331 Greenleaf Blvd. in Kalamazoo on the third Sunday of each month, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. For more information, please contact

New sangha locations in Bay City, Bloomfield Hills, and Boyne City

Michigan Buddhist is pleased to announce three new communities of buddhist practitioners in Michigan. The first is in Bay City, which is the location of the Bay Area Community of Mindful Living, practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

The second is Bloomfield Hills, home to Jewel Heart Study Group at Bloomfield Hills.

Third is Boyne City, home to Jewel Heart Northern Michigan Study Group. Both the Boyne City and Bloomfield Hills groups are affiliated with Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center in Ann Arbor. They meet throughout the year to engage in courses created by Gehlek Rimpoche and Jewel Heart center.

If you know of other meditation centers, temples, or groups of practitioners not listed in the Michigan Buddhist directory, please contact us.

Thank you.

Monthly Dhamma Teaching with Ajahn Khemasanto

The public is cordially invited

Time: 3–4 pm, third Saturday of each month
(Feb. 19, March 19, April 16 …)

Place: Amitabha VillageRetreat Center of the Lansing
Buddhist Association (LBA)

Ajahn’s teaching will follow LBA’s  Monthly
Day of Mindfulness (
10 am–3 pm) at the Retreat Center. Those wishing to meditate beforehand are welcome to attend some or all of the day mindfulness (For more information contact )

Ajahn Khemasanto
.  Born & raised Catholic in Midland Michigan, Ajahn went to Thailand as a young man to become a Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition.  He received higher ordination as a Bhikkhu in 1969, and lived practicing in the forest of northeast Thailand with Thai masters for many years.  Ajahn learned and speaks fluent Thai, Cambodian, and Lao, and has translated important Thai forest teachings into English.  He returned to Michigan in 1999 to establish and serve as Abbot of Dhammasala Forest Monastery, located on the property neighboring LBA’s Amitabha Village.  While a monk in Michigan Ajahn has taught the dhamma and Buddhist meditation to Americans, Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese at Dhammasala.  LBA is honored to offer his monthly series of dhamma teachings at Amitabha Village.

Directions: Amitabha Village Retreat Center
14796 Beardslee Rd, Perry MI 48872
>From E. Lansing—Go east on Saginaw.  Bear right at Haslett Road. Stay on Haslett for 9.1 miles.  Turn left onto N. Williamston Road. After 2.2 miles, N. Williamston becomes Beardslee, a dirt road.   Go about 1/3 mile to Amitabha Village. The meditation hall is the third structure on the left.  Check-in is at the house across the street from the hall.
> From Ann Arbor/Detroit. Take I-96 west to exit 117 (Williamston Rd).  Go north on Williamston to Haslett Rd, a dead end.  Turn right on Haslett, then make an immediate left on next street (N. Williamston), & proceed as in the E. Lansing directions

Chan Master Visits Michigan October 8-9

On October 8-9, 2010 Chan Master Gilbert Gutierrez , the dharma heir of the late great Chan Master Shengyen, will give a public talk in Ann Arbor and lead a one-day meditation retreat near Lansing.  The public is cordially invited.  Both events are free.  Donations are welcome.

Dharma talk  “Ch’an (Zen) Practice”
Time: Friday October 8, 2010, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Boulevard Room, Pierpont Common, North Campus, University of Michigan.
Address: 2101 Bonisteel, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (734) 764-7544
Web Link for Pierpont Common:

Daylong Meditation Retreat
Saturday  October 9, 2010
Check-in:   9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Meditation & Instructions:  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m (w/ vegetarian lunch )
Location:  Amitabha Village, 14796 Beardslee Rd, Perry, MI 48872
(50 min west of Ann Arbor; 20 min east of Lansing)
Please register online at
For more information contact: (517) 293-3110 or

Sponsored by Ann Arbor Buddhist Society, Lansing Buddhist Association, and Dharma Drum Mountain (Michigan Chapter)

Short Biography – Gilbert M. Gutierrez,  Chan Master

Gilbert Gutierrez is a lay Chan master in the Chinese tradition.

His parents were from Mexico, and he grew up and was raised a Catholic in the United States. Gilbert obtained a BA and also a law degree at UCLA.

In 1974 he was admitted to the California bar and has practiced law for over thirty years in Riverside California.

Growing up Catholic Gilbert felt a strong tie with the Virgin Mary and the concept of universal compassion for all beings. But he also had religious doubts and felt a longing for a great truth which he knew existed but hadn’t found. His religious search took him to many corners, and he also practiced for years in the marital arts.

Being drawn to the meditative dimension of the martial arts, Gilbert began studying Chi Gong with different masters. He was invited to become a Chi Gong master himself but declined feeling his deeper questions had not been answered.

Gilbert began formal training in Buddhism under a Buddhist Chi Gong Master. Chance events led him to read the Diamond Sutra, and he had a profound experience of illumination.

Later Gilbert met and undertook years of training as a disciple of the Great Chan Master Venerable Sheng-yen.  After devoted effort, he became one of five lay persons and the only American to receive transmission as a Master Sheng-yen’s dharma heir as a Chan Buddhist master.

Today Gilbert teaches dharma and practices law in Riverside California.

He is married to Ai-Lun Wei, also a discipline of Master Sheng-yen, and has a son, Ananda who often accompanies his father around the country when Gilbert teaches.

Gilbert’s web page from The Riverside Chan Meditation Group is   His dharma talks can be downloaded at

This October Gilbert is returning by popular request to teach for the seventh time to Michigan, where he has a growing group of dharma students.