Breathing in, I know I am alive

Breathing In, I know I am alive:
The Buddha’s Discourse on Awareness of the Breath:
Tools for dealing with difficult times & challenging relationships

A day of Mindfulness led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
Saturday, Apr. 9th, 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 Arpil 9th. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about the Buddha’s teaching on breath awareness as a toolkit available to aid us in times of need.

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, 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

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

Introduction to Zen Workshop, Oct. 27

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 suggested donation

Where: Great Wave Zen Sangha, 608 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431

This workshop, open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike, will provide participants with a conceptual and experiential foundation for effective Zen Buddhist practice. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about:

– fundamental Buddhist teachings;
– the three aims of Zen practice;
– the three training paths and 8 forms of practice at Great Wave;
– meditation postures and techniques;
– the role of mindfulness practice;
– the significance of practicing with a teacher;
– work practice; and
– scriptural recitation practice.

Participants will have opportunities for reflective journaling, private instruction by Gendo Sensei and group discussion/Q and A.

As seating is limited, we ask that participants complete the Intro to Zen Workshop registration form by no later than October 25.
(Members of Great Wave Zen Sangha may complete the Members Intro to Zen registration form.)