Help Thich Nhat Hanh and Bat Nha Monastery

from the

A difficult, immediate situation in Vietnam, has arisen. Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Nhat Hanh’s Vietnam-based Bat Nha monastery is under severe economic, violent, and governmental pressure to abandon the monastery by September 2. The cause: Two statements supporting religious freedom, a core principle of democracy.

For that, they have been harassed day and night with loud speakers, threatened that they would be killed on July 5th by 400 tribal people with metal sticks or sickles, had their electricity and water cut off, their homes robbed, and have suffered innumerable verbal abuses. The monastery serves as a training and practice center in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s home monastery, Plum Village in France. Continue reading Help Thich Nhat Hanh and Bat Nha Monastery

Geek alert

I just updated the website to allow those who might access it via iPhone to save a customized Michigan Buddhist ‘bookmark button’ to their Home Screen.

Super geeky, I know. But if the shoe fits…

What if Dalai Lama, Mandela, and Gandhi had just chilled?

“Life is easier, if you don’t speak up”

via elephant journal, August 26, 2009:

This brilliant, almost-too-subtle (just a line at bottom) ad campaign was created by UNCLE Grey A/S Denmark. It vividly reminds us that in getting up off the couch, in working our butts off for the benefit of others, no matter the setbacks…it’s all worth it.

Even if we don’t amount to half or 1/100th of Mandela, Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama, at least it won’t be for a lack of trying, and a surfeit of surfing, skiing and barbecuing!

Three men who have inspired millions through their efforts. How different would our world be if they had just sat silently without taking action? Visit elephant journal to see the Mandela and Gandhi photos. :)

Thich Nhat Hanh Ill

This may be old news to some, but since there is a sizable community of those who practice in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition here in Michigan, I felt it appropriate to spread the word.

From the Tricycle magazine editors blog:

Thich Nhat Hanh has been hospitalized with a lung infection. He is doing well and is expected to recover. We join with millions of others wishing him a speedy healing process. He is visiting the U.S. You can see his tour dates here.

From the Ox Herding blog:

Thich Nhat Hanh is presently in Massachusetts General Hospital with an infection of pseudomonas aeruginosa, a serious but treatable pathogen. He had planned to lead a retreat during this time but will remain in the hospital for at least two weeks.

He has written a moving letter to his community which you can download here.

Monk needed to officiate Wedding

We received a request:

“I am a Buddhist and I am interest in the service of a monk that also has the license to be a Wedding Officiates. Any guidance or direction would greatly be appreciated. I am trying to incorporate my Buddhist belief into my wedding.”

The wedding is scheduled for 9/26/2009. If you are or know of a monk who could help, please email us: and we’ll put you in contact.

Thank you,


Site is alive!

Friends, thank you for your patience. After making promises to have the site up on Monday, it’s now up, and it’s only Friday!

After much gnashing of teeth and lost sleep, I switched the website hosting over to Laughing Squid, which is far easier to administrate (and considerably faster) than the previous host.

I will be adding a TON more resource links and tidying up things a bit as the weekend goes on…


Peace to all. Always.

It’s been a while…

The Michigan Buddhist site has languished unattended for longer than I’d like to admit.

Initially, it was nothing more than laziness; learning to code websites from scratch was far more difficult than I’d bargained for. So, the process of hand coding each update and keeping track of all the revisions made me less eager to stick with the task.

Eventually, it became something I dreaded.

I was, frankly, ashamed. Here I had accepted this task of supporting other Dharma practitioners, and then went and allowed the site to languish, which was exactly what I had wanted to avoid having happen to the site when I volunteered to administer it.

Then, on Halloween night 2007, my 13-year-old daughter was struck by a motorist while trick or treating. Continue reading It’s been a while…