100 Dharma Talks – MWZ Fall Fundraiser

100 Dharma Talks FlyerVen. Hae Doh Gary Schwocho, Abbot of Muddy Water Zen in Royal Oak, writes:

Dear members and friends of Muddy Water Zen,
This past Sunday August 19th, we recorded our 100th Dharma Talk on the MWZ podcast 2 year anniversary! The podcasts have been a huge success. Over the last 2 years, talks have been downloaded more than 33,000 times in over 30 countries all over the world, including all continents except Antartica.

To commemorate this milestone, we are making a compilation disc available with the 100 talks consisting of over 25 hours of formal talks from 14 different speakers, recorded between August 2010 and August 2012. Each disc comes in a full color CD Jewel Case along with a color 16 page booklet. Cost is only $5. There is a sample disc on display at the temple which you may peruse before ordering.

Additionally, there are 2 other offerings available during this fall fundraiser.
1. A Korean Buddhist Chant CD (includes 7 chants, more than 60 minutes)
2. A Seonamsa (main monastery in Korea) Service Video DVD (more than 2 hours)
Both of these also come infull color printed Jewel Cases and a downloaded link for accompanying Korean/English Transliteration and Tranlation PDF. Cost is each is $5.

100% of sales will be donated to MWZ. Bup Mee Sunim, who has made these available, has agreed to donate all materials and production costs.

There is a sign-up sheet posted in the temple Sangha Room for ordering CDs and DVDs, or you can order via email, [email protected].

Avail yourself now to get for your own audio/video library these wonderful Dharma discs as well as to support the ongoing work of Muddy Water Zen.

Ven. Hae Doh Gary Schwocho

100% of sales to go Muddy Water Zen, a 501c3 non-profit Buddhist Temple.

New – promote your goods and services on Michigan Buddhist

Michigan Buddhist now accepting advertising
A promotional banner, new to the Michigan Buddhist website, will be shown at the bottom of every page. We hope you’ll consider supporting Michigan Buddhist by promoting your own goods and services on the website.
Michigan Buddhist reaches a surprisingly broad audience, amounting to thousands of viewers a month. The majority are from Michigan, but we also receive visits from nearly every country in the world. In order to raise money to help defray the costs of running the website, today we begin accepting advertising on Michigan Buddhist.

This is not a decision made lightly. We’ve been open to accepting donations on the site via a PayPal link for as long as I’ve administered the site. My hope is that accepting advertising will provide an effective venue for dharma related businesses, and those selling goods and services desired by practitioners, to reach their customers. At  the same time, we hope it may provide a more successful method of raising funds to continue our work.

I plan to be as selective as possible. For a short time Michigan Buddhist hosted some Google Ads that never quite seemed to fit well with our content or our audience. We also dabbled with having an Amazon “bookstore.” Neither raised much money and generally caused more trouble than they were worth.

I welcome your thoughts on this decision, and I’m open to ideas on other methods of fundraising as well. My hope is that some will find this opportunity exciting and mutually beneficial.

Peace to all, always.


“An Open Letter from the Buddhist Community on Islamophobia”

The Rev. Danny Fisher is an eloquent voice from the western perspective of Buddhism. I’ve often enjoyed reading his blog as his posts are normally thought provoking and relate to current events.

I post this because it is both thought provoking and reminds us that despite our efforts to practice the Dharma, to be peace, to practice equanimity and patience, there are still “bad” Buddhists in the world.

Please read the following open letter (original is here), and if you agree, consider signing on.

As disciples of the Buddha who live in the West, we would like to take the holy month of Ramadan as an opportunity to express our growing concern about Islamophobia, both within our governments and within the Buddhist community worldwide.

In North America and Europe, the past decade has seen peaceful Muslim communities targeted by hate crimes, police profiling, and even challenges to their basic human rights of free religion and free assembly. The New York Times reports that the New York City Police Department infiltrated peaceful Muslim groups across the Northeastern United States for indiscriminate surveillance. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, Tennessee has faced vandalism, arson, and legal challenges opposing their new mosque, while France and Belgium have outlawed wearing niqāb in public over concerns about immigration, the status of women, and the diluting of European culture.

In the wider Buddhist community there have been media reports of Buddhist leaders—including monastics—endorsing human rights abuses against Muslim ethnic groups. For example, The Independent reports that Buddhist monastic organizations in Burma are blocking aid shipments to refugee camps for ethnically Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine. The article also accuses monastic associations of encouraging ethnically Rakhine Buddhists not to associate with Rohingya. Ethnic tensions have resulted in human rights abuses and loss of life on both sides of this conflict.

Meanwhile, Newsweek reports that the Thai government has set up military encampments inside Buddhist temples—even using some of them as torture chambers—in their ongoing fight against a violent Malay Muslim insurgency in the southern states of Patani, Yala, and Narathiwat. More disturbingly, Newsweek reports the Thai government is paying ethnic Thais to resettle in majority-Malay areas in order to dilute the Malay population. Once again, there have been many human rights abuses and much loss of life on both sides of the conflict.

In this time of conflict, we believe that the life and teachings of the Buddha can be a shining example for the world. He taught us to practice mutual respect among all people without prejudice, to work for the mutual benefit of all beings, and to try to solve our problems without resorting to violence. In those rare instances where violence is necessary, he taught us to practice restraint and to protect innocent lives. It is in this spirit that we are writing.

In our own countries, we ask law enforcement agencies to stop targeting Muslim communities with indiscriminate surveillance and profiling. And we call on Americans to see their Muslims neighbors as fellow citizens, bound together with them through the shared values of democracy, equality, and freedom.

In the wider Buddhist community, we ask our fellow Buddhists to refrain from using the Dharma to support nationalism, ethnic conflict, and Islamophobia. We believe that these values are antithetical to the Buddha’s teachings on loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

The vast majority of Muslims the world over are peaceful, law-abiding people who share much the same dreams, hopes, and aspirations as their non-Muslim neighbors. They are our friends, our relatives, our colleagues, our neighbors, and our fellow citizens. Most importantly, they are our fellow sentient beings, all of whom, the Buddha taught, have loved and cared for us in the past. We stand with them during this holy month of Ramadan and denounce Islamophobia unequivocally.


Joshua Eaton, M.Div., Boston, MA, USA

Rev. Danny Fisher, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Rod Meade Sperry, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Sharon Salzberg, Barre, MA, USA
Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda, Oakland, CA, USA
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Carmel, NY, USA
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, San Diego, CA, USA
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., Santa Fe, NM, USA
Charles Prebish, State College, PA, USA
William Aiken, Washington, DC, USA
Diana Winston, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Rev. Maia Zenyu Duerr, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Rev. James Ishmael Ford, Providence, RI, USA
Shastri Ethan Nichtern, New York City, NY, USA
Lodro Rinzler, New York City, NY, USA
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Boulder, CO, USA
Lopon Rita Gross, Eau Claire, WI, USA
Gary Gach, San Francisco, CA, USA
Allan Badiner, Big Sur, CA, USA
Ven. Zenkei Blanche Hartman, San Francisco, CA, USA
Ken & Visakha Kawasaki, Swartz Creek, MI, USA
Gene Reeves, Chicago, IL, USA
Patrick Groneman, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Chip Hartranft, Lexington, MA, USA
Rev. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Alfred, NY, USA
Koshin Paley Ellison, New York City, NY, USA
Steve Kanji Ruhl, State College, PA, USA
Martin Aylward, Cubjac, Aquitaine, FRANCE
Karma Yonten Gyatso, Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA
Rev. Beth Kanji Goldring, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Chap. Mikel Ryuho Monnett, M.A., BCC, Columbus, OH, USA
Acharya Sujatin Johnson, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UNITED KINGDOM
Rev. Josho Pat Phelan, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Tomoe Moriya, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, JAPAN
Rev. Daishin Eric McCabe, Pennsdale, PA, USA
Rev. Patricia Dai-En Bennage, Pennsdale, PA, USA
Liz Roemer, Somerville, MA, USA
Kobutsu Malone-osho, Sedgwick, ME, USA
Carole Craven, Mableton, GA, USA
Genko Kathy Blackman, Seattle, WA, USA
Ouyporn Khuankaew, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province, THAILAND
Helen Hobart, Sacramento, CA, USA
Rev. Melissa Myozen Blacker, Worcester, MA, USA
Lama Rod Owens, Washington, DC, USA
Danielle Benoit, Berkeley, CA, USA
Reinhard Kunga Tuerk, Mechernich, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY
Rev. Meredith Garmon, Gainesville, FL, USA
Sarah Weintraub, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Gyokuzan Steve Williamson, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UNITED KINGDOM
Dhammacari Upali (Dr. Chris Kang), Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Frank M. Tedesco, Largo, FL, USA
Dr. C.S. “Sam” Wu, Rosemead, CA, USA
Arun Gandhi, Rochester, NY, USA
Claire Michalewicz, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Martin Whelan, Slingo, County Slingo, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Lesley Grant, Fairfax, CA, USA
Susan Wirawan, Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Luke McKean, Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Miguel Marcos, Madrid, Community of Madrid, SPAIN
Catherine DeLorey, Boston, MA, USA
Stephen Hale, Muir Beach, CA, USA
Rik Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
Kris Freedain, Laguna Niguel, CA, USA
Rev. Michael Tran, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Brant Henne, Swampscott, MA, USA
Craig Thomas, York, PA, USA
Zoey Roy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Angela Gunn, Savannah, GA, USA
Laurie Knowlton, Boothbay, ME, USA
Jessica Bizub, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Robin Reed, San Francisco, CA, USA
Prof. Kristopher Short, Cranston, RI, USA
Vivien Phung, Laguna Niguel, CA, USA
Jean Lamont, State College, PA, USA
Kathleen de Vries, Napa, CA, USA
Peter Muller, New York City, NY, USA
Dee Levy, Swindon, England, UNITED KINGDOM
Sandra Madera, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Chaplain Karen Morris, M.Div., Johnson City, TN, USA
Anda Peterson, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Matthew Gegenhuber, Hawkins, WI, USA
Dean Hill, Albany, NY, USA
Karla Passalacqua, Atlanta, GA, USA
Ven. Hue Hai, Alhambra, CA, USA
Terry Evans, Bangor, Wales, UNITED KINGDOM
Jim Hasse, Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Karma Sonam Lhamo, Penllyn, PA, USA
Geoff Haynes, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
Lynnea Bylund, Dana Point, CA, USA
Victor Spence, Edinburgh, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
Upāsaka Raymond M. McDonald, La Verne, CA, USA
Imtiaaz Gafoor, Johannesburg, Gauteng, SOUTH AFRICA
Nisar Ahmed, Karachi, Sindh, PAKISTAN
David Cabrera, Hollywood, FL, USA
Rev. Michael W. A. Henderson, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Christina Omorochoe, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Kelly Hills, Ardmore, PA, USA
Thom Stromer, Baltimore, MD, USA
Roger K. James, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, BRAZIL
Stephanie Cianfriglia, Endicott, NY, USA
John Christensen, Chicago, IL, USA
Tanis Moore, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Nancy A. Jefferis, Santee, CA, USA
Rev. Michele Kaishin Tae, Boise, ID, USA
David Coleman, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Rev. Jim Hokyo Dunn, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Penny Nakatsu, San Francisco, CA, USA
Robert McConnachie, Uithoorn, North Holland, THE NETHERLANDS
Shelly Griska, Monroe, GA, USA
Steven Ganci, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Ettianne Anshin, Sydney, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Ericson AF Proper, Naples, FL, USA
Jaime Heiku McLeod, Lewiston, ME, USA
Tiffany Puett, Austin, TX, USA
Connie Nelson Ahlberg, Burnsville, MN, USA
Jodi House, Windsor, Ontario, CANADA
James Cox, Omaha, NE, USA
Tracey McFadden, Elburn, IL, USA
Jim Hsiung, Taipei, Taiwan, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Samuel Harmon, San Francisco, CA, USA
Aron Weinberg, Austin, TX, USA
Darcie Price-Wallace, Chicago, IL, USA
Dr. Juanita Rice, Fairmont, Nebraska, USA
Chaplain Nathaniel Vose, M.Div., San Rafael, CA, USA
Dave Lavis, Caloundra, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Petra J. Drysdale, Fairbanks, AK, USA
Akasa Skye, Rosemead, CA, USA
Damchoe Wangmo, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA
Susan Carol Terris, Richmond, CA, USA
Emily Rana, Tampa, FL, USA
Andres Montano, Guatemala City, GUATEMALA
Shian-Ling Keng, Durham, NC, USA
Kathleen Clark, Murfreesboro, TN, USA
Khrystene Dalecki, Kingswood, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Zach Kadro, Seattle, WA, USA
Leakthina Ollier, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Andrew Furst, North Reading, MA, USA
Hashir Kunnummal, Kerala, Malapuram, INDIA
Alan Cossitt, Beaverton, OR, USA
Bill Foreman, San Diego, CA, USA
Barbara Bourrier-Lacroix, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Stephen C. Schwichow, San Francisco, CA, USA
Doug Gorman, Vancouver, WA, USA
Maggie LeFlore, Ph.D., Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Alison Jones, Liverpool, England, UNITED KINGDOM
Sander Hartveld, Waldbröl, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GERMANY
Dosia Paclawskyj, Reisterstown, MD, USA
David Stupples, Atherstone, England, UNITED KINGDOM
Levanah Ruthschild, Baltimore, MD, USA
Jnanamati Williams, London, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Dana Warner Fisher, Greensboro, NC, USA
Thijs Buelens, Leuven, Flemish Brabant, BELGIUM
Rev. Kaspalita Thompson, Malvern, England, UNITED KINGDOM
Gregory Southworth, Arlington, TX, USA
Deb Greene, Greensboro, NC, USA
Adrienne Baksa, Atenas, Alajuela, COSTA RICA
Sharon Meho Petit, East Wenatchee, WA, USA
Grace Jessen, Milwaukee, WI, USA
John Pellecchia, North Brunswick, NJ, USA
Dr. Angela Jansen, Stony Point, NC, USA
Mohamedally Vahanvaty, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
Shirley C. Kane, Portsmouth, VA, USA
Mike Lowe, West Kirby, England, UNITED KINGDOM
David Christy, M.Div., San Jose, CA, USA
Dieter Mueller, Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY
Matthew Letten, Oxford, England, UNITED KINGDOM
Margaret Reishin Murray, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Kaung-Myat Aye, Galashiels, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
Susan Singh, Tulsa, OK, USA
Cristina Moon, Bloomington, IN, USA
Brad Hunter, London, Ontario, CANADA
Christopher Miller, Lexington, KY, USA
John Robert Kernodle, III, Greensboro, NC, USA
Brian Blueskye, Palm Springs, CA, USA
Monica Sanford, El Monte, CA, USA
Aleksandra Jurukoska, Skopje, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Edmund Murray, Tiffin, OH, USA
Eric Alan Hansen, Alexandria, VA, USA
Rocci Hildum, Wenatchee, WA, USA
Charles Nuckles, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Phyllis Culham, Annapolis, MD, USA
Dan Baker, Kendall Park, NJ, USA
SoGen Ralf Boeck, Monzingen, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY
Mustafa Kitabwalla, A.I.B., Livermore, CA, USA
Nadine Bucich, Hillsborough, NC, USA
Chenxing Han, Berkeley, CA, USA
Jeffrey Dillon, Carson, NM, USA
Tom Ramsay, Terlingua, TX, USA
Lisa Gades, Aurora, IL, USA
Beryl Mallinson, Duncan, British Columbia, CANADA
Philip Kienholz, Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA
Ed Wright, Encino, CA, USA
Claire Barnes, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territories, MALAYSIA

“The Most Important Subject I’ve Ever Addressed in a Dharma Talk…” by Rev. Danny Fisher

Inspired by his reading of Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”, the Rev. Danny Fisher of the University of the West provides a compelling Dharma talk, with a number of stunning statistics. Please take a moment to watch the compelling video about the global oppression of women and what we as Buddhists should be doing about it. It’s about 15 minutes long. You won’t consider your time wasted.

Be sure to visit his website. I’ve added Rev. Fisher to my own links here on MichiganBuddhist, and I’m going to raid his own impressive link collection for more.


As you might notice, the appearance of Michigan Buddhist is rather altered. Unfortunately, this was not intentional. While trying to install some new functionality a few days ago, I inadvertently left the site open to attack from a malicious script which disabled the site completely and required intervention from our hosting provider to repair. I’m in the process of gathering up backup materials to ‘fix’ things. I’ve been wanting to do a redesign, but I didn’t expect to have to do it on the fly!

Oh well, everything changes.

UPDATE: Fixed. I think. ;)

Year End Roundup

Greetings, all.

As the year draws to a close, please take a moment to examine the Temple, Group, and Sangha listings and inform me of changes, additions or deletions. I try to maintain this to be as up-to-date as possible, but there’s a lot there. Your help would be most appreciated!

Send along your news and announcements, or become a member of Michigan Buddhist (it’s free) and make your own postings. Just click the ‘Register’ link in the right sidebar for details.

Peace to all, always.


“How to be a *good* Buddhist for Christmas”

Blogger John Pappas (@zendustzendirt on Twitter) wrote this in 2010. I stumbled across it again today and thought it might bear another reading, a reminder of sorts.

There is a complex love/hate relationship with Buddhists during the Christmas season. On one hand many of us grew up in Christian families and attach many emotions and memories to the Holiday season (both positive and negative). On the other hand, some practitioners just want to fit in culturally during the holiday season so they either meld traditions or superficially celebrate.

This is a topic I’ve often stuggled with myself. I like John’s take on it. Read the rest at Elephant Journal

New sangha in Hancock

Please join me in welcoming Peaceful Niche, a new sangha at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan!

Peaceful Niche
Finlandia University, Jutila Center
200 Michigan Street, Suite 305
Hancock, Michigan 49930

facilitated by Dorothy Riutta

Best wishes!

Site News


I’ve had to lock down the membership abilities on Michigan Buddhist. I’ve been experiencing some persistent problems with potential members from one particular email provider trying to hijack the site to their own ends. This email provider is known for being a source of “spam”, and I don’t want to play cat and mouse with them.

So, no memberships will be accepted from anyone from the domain in question. This is unfortunate, as I truly welcome members posting their Buddhism-related events and news here.

Anyone who wants to register on Michigan Buddhist may do so. Your default member privileges as a newly registered member will be limited until I determine whether you are legitimate. To help me determine that you are who you say you are, please fill out as much membership info on your profile as you are comfortable with sharing. All current members who registered prior to this posting will retain their current privileges.

Registered members can make and manage their own posts. I reserve the right to modify or delete posts that are irrelevant to Michigan practitioners, or are in bad taste or offensive.

Peace to all,


Green Buddha – Board Member Needed

Would you like to help encourage religious communities in Michigan to become more energy efficient?  If so, the environmental group Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (www.miipl.org) is looking for a qualified Buddhist who would like to serve on its Board of Directors..

MIPL is a  Michigan non-profit environmental group of churches and individuals across Michigan that brings different faith traditions together in caring for the earth. It helps member churches increase the energy efficiency of church facilities, supports green education among congregations, and advocates for green public policies on behalf of  Michigan religious communities.

If you know of  Michigan Buddhist temples that might join MIPL or of a qualified Buddhist who would have the interest and time to serve on its Board of Directors, please ask them to get in touch with

Julie Lyons Bricker, LEED® AP
MIPL Executive Director
Phone (248) 808-2518
[email protected]

This is a dynamic organization with experienced board members who are expert in green building and environmental work. Serving on their Board to represent Michigan Buddhists in an interfaith effort would be rewarding personally and a meaningful service on behalf of green energy for the earth.

Street Retreats to be offered

Action By Presence will be offering a unique opportunity to experience what it’s like to live on the streets of mid-town Detroit. A street retreat, based on the work of the Faithful Fools of San Francisco, gives 12 participants a safe, guided plunge into the unknown.

We will experience homelessness firsthand, begging for money, finding places to get food and shelter, to use the bathroom, etc. By bearing witness to homelessness, we begin to recognize our common humanity.

“When we go… to bear witness to life on the streets, we’re offering ourselves.
Not blankets, not food, not clothes, just ourselves.”
-Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness

The next Overnight Retreat will be offered May 19-22. Please visit the Action By Presence website for details and registration.