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.

Date:
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Time:
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.

Location:
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

Site updates, new sangha listings

Friends, I’m happy to report that I’ve added two new pages, for two new sanghas: Madison Heights, and Westland. I’m also in the process of giving each city that contains sangha it’s own page, instead of having a page for an area. The Detroit page has listings for a lot of sanghas throughout the metro area, which will soon have their own pages. Royal Oak is the first such page. I’ve also added new sangha on the Kalamazoo page, so please take a look and check out the latest changes to Michigan Buddhist.

The redesign project is on hold, as you’ve probably noticed by now. Never seems to be enough time to do all the stuff you want to do. The secret, of course, is to prioritize what is most important. Perhaps I need to re-examine those priorities? Perhaps.

Lama Tashi Topgyal to teach 9/19-20

Lama Tashi Topgyal will teach on “The Story of Nyama Paldarbum” from the illustrious “Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa” in Battle Creek, Michigan, September 19 – 20, with translation by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso. Milarepa (1052-1135 CE) was a wandering mountain ascetic and is widely regarded as Tibet’s greatest yogi. Nyama Paldarbum was one of his female disciples. This teaching contains profound advice and meditation instructions.

During this weekend Lama Tashi Topgyal will also bestow Refuge Vows and offer the Green Tara Empowerment from the terma of Terchen Barway Dorje.

Besides translating for Lama Tashi Topgyal, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso will teach a session on How to Relate to Guru Rinpoche and the treasure tradition.

For details and to register: http://www.palchenbattlecreek.org/events/

Growing pains

Friends, from time to time, software updates conflict with one another and cause more trouble than they’re worth. Some recent changes behind the scenes completely broke the site design of Michigan Buddhist. The previous design had been a source of trouble before, and I was just wanted to move on. I didn’t anticipate how difficult fixing the problems would be, so I decided to make the site live again with a preliminary design while I worked on a complete redesign. The current ‘look’ of Michigan Buddhist is functional, but not what I want, yet. I hope I haven’t inconvenienced anyone too much during the downtime. Best wishes to you and yours, always.

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 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.

Meditation retreat in Traverse City, 4/17-18

Kozan writes:

enso_monk_600Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group and SokukoJi Buddhist Community are hosting a two-day meditation retreat at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 6726 Center Road in Traverse City, Michigan. Sokuzan Bob Brown, a transmitted Soto Zen monk and abbot of SokukoJi Temple Monastery, will give meditation instruction, private interviews for asking questions about your personal practice, and a Dharma talk each day as it arises from the theme of the retreat. There will also be scheduled periods of sitting and walking meditation. The cost is $40 per day, or $70 for both days. Lunch and dinner will be provided Friday and Saturday. Lodging may be available with local sangha. Please send your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address to SokukoJi Buddhist Community-North, PO Box 256, Acme, MI 49610. For more information, please contact Kozan Karen McLean or Fleda Brown.

Spring Mindfulness Retreat, May 13-17

Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

For over ten years The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living has been offering mindfulness retreats up north at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan just north of Gaylord off I-75. We are happy to announce that our Spring Mindfulness Retreat this year will be held May 13-17. You may come just for the weekend, for all five days, or as your schedule allows.

Our spring retreat has become an anticipated event for many who enjoy the deep quiet and beauty of the north woods in spring. Everyone is welcome, beginners and experienced meditators alike.

We sit. We walk. We enjoy the nourishment of food and friends.

Our lives are often busy and complex. Mindfulness practice is an opportunity to slow down, focus, and enjoy our lives. Everyone from all walks of life and traditions are cordially welcomed to join us for these days together. The practice is simple, easy to follow, and of benefit to all.

Allowing yourself to enjoy peace and quiet in beautiful, natural surroundings with the companionship of spiritual friends can be transformational.

Song of the Morning offers 800 beautiful, wooded acres along the pristine Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation. We will practice sitting and walking meditation, enjoy some noble silence, yoga, the Ten Mindful Movements, dharma sharing discussions, early morning walks to greet the day, and other activities from the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Song of the Morning provides delicious vegetarian meals and a wide variety of comfortable accommodations. The cost will be around fifty dollars a night for a bed in the “Domes” and more deluxe rooms, some with private baths are available.

To register please review the accommodations at their web site. (please scroll down to see a chart with all your choices)

You can register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or office@songofthemorning.org. The easiest way to register is by telephone so that you may discuss your payment options. The office is now closed on Mondays.

Students with ID receive a twenty-five percent discount. Memberships which offer other discounts are also available.

For details about our practices at the retreat please contact Sam Ewalt, ewalt@glis.net or 810-388-1419.

Jack Lawlor leading retreat in Grand Rapids, 3/14

Eric Korsedal of Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community writes:

Withered Tree welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on March 14th 2016. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about the tools available to us all that will cultivate mindfulness and relieve suffering.

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, and this year we will be meeting in a larger space. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided, please bring your cushion or bench; chairs and some cushions will be available.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Holistic Care Approach
3368 E. Beltline Court NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or erickorsedal@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Annual Winter Mindfulness Retreat, Feb. 11-15

Friends, Sam Ewalt of the Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

Dear Friends,

There is still plenty of room up north at Song of the Morning for our annual Winter Mindfulness Retreat in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. The woods and river are lovely right now, with deep snow and deep quiet. Please join us if you can.

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living from Port Huron has been sponsoring mindfulness retreats up north at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt north of Gaylord for over ten years now. Song of the Morning is a beautiful, 800 acre retreat in the woods along the Pigeon River and is ideal for meditation.

We will enjoy practicing sitting and walking meditation, morning walks to greet the day, silent meals of gratitude, dharma discussions, yoga and other activities. The sangha is our teacher.

Our winter retreat this year will be held February 11-15. Please join us for the weekend, for all five days, or just for the afternoon. The cost is around fifty dollars a night for a bed in the dormitory “Domes” including delicious vegetarian meals.

Song of the Morning is now offering accommodation in the “Domes” on a “sliding scale” basis. Please contact Song of the Morning regarding payment arrangements.

Some private rooms and more deluxe suites are also available at their regular rates.

To register please visit http://www.songofthemorning.org/accomodations.html (please scroll down to see a chart with all your choices)

You can register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or office@songofthemorning.org. The easiest way to register is by telephone so that you may discuss your payment options. Students with ID receive a twenty-five percent discount. Memberships which offer other discounts are also available.

For details about our practice at the retreat please contact Sam Ewalt, ewalt@glis.net or 810-388-1419.