Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour in Grand Rapids 9/25 – 28

The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a collection of sacred cremation relics from Buddhist masters that travels worldwide will be visiting Grand Rapids September 25 through 28, and can be seen at the Fountain Street Church.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour is a world-wide touring collection of sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea & China. The relics were found among the cremation ashes of these Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals that Tibetans call ‘ringsel.’ Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. His Holiness the Dalia Lama has graciously offered to this collection, eight relics of the historical Buddha that are over 2,500 years old. The tour also features relics from forty other Buddhist masters from different parts of the world, in all there are over 1,000 relics in this collection, making it the largest touring relic collection of its kind. The tour was created in 2001 by the modern day Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Zopa collected the relics from all over the world, over a period of many years. The tour has now visited 68 countries and over 2.3 million people have visited the relics. Currently two collections are touring simultaneously, one tour is traveling in Europe/Asia and the other in the Americas. Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour events are multi-faith, multi-cultural and are always free to attend. The exhibition is intended for all walks of life and faith, to learn about and to experience these historical relics.

Maitreya Relic Tour
Thursday: 6pm to 8pm Opening Ceremony followed by Relic viewing
Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10m to 7pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Fountain Street Church
Contact: Theresa Pearce
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (+1) 616-881-3281

Spring mindfulness retreat, May 14-18

Friends, Sam Ewalt from The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living in Port Huron writes:

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living is continuing to sponsor mindfulness retreats in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We gather up north at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt north of Gaylord. 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 the teacher.

Our spring retreat this year will be held May 14-18. Please join us for the weekend, for all five days, or just for the afternoon. The cost is around fifty dollars a night or more 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 so you may offer payment as you are able.

Camping is available and encouraged.

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

To register please visit (please scroll down)

To review your choices for accommodation and register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or [email protected]. The easiest way to register is by telephone so that you may discuss your payment options.

Students with ID receive a 25% discount. Memberships which offer other discounts are also available.

For details please contact Sam Ewalt, [email protected] or 810-388-1419.

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living

New Chan documentary seeks funding

Friends, Bup Mee Sunim of Muddy Water Zen writes:

Edward Burger, the director of “Amongst White Clouds” is making a new feature length documentary on Chan monasticism that needs support.

At the $75 donation level, donors can receive two other short films on Chinese Buddhism that are not currently available for personal home use that normally sell for $150 each! A great unique and rare opportunity to learn a little more about Chan Buddhism.

This is an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign, and although it’s not directly related to Michigan sanghas, it’s shared for those Michigan Buddhists who may be interested.

Grand Rapids Press, cover ordination of monks

As mentioned in an earlier post, several practitioners will accept novice ordination at the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center this Sunday, December 8. That it was happening in Grand Rapids, known for its conservatism and large Christian population, drew the attention of local media outlets The Grand Rapids Press and Please go read their take on the story and provide feedback in the comments if you have something substantive to offer.

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 [email protected].

New name, location for GR temple

The former Grand Rapids Zen Center has changed its name to the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and has moved to 451 S. Division. According to Outreach Director Steve Sampson, the move was necessitated by dramatic growth in attendees. Best wishes to all!

New Sangha in Ann Arbor

Please welcome Insight Meditation in Ann Arbor, a new sangha in Michigan.

Insight Meditation in Ann Arbor
Meeting at Harmony Yoga
1955 Pauline Blvd.
Suite 100 B
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Susan Weir, Terry Giledt
[email protected]

They offer weekly sitting meditation, meditation classes and retreat opportunities.

It’s always good to see new sangha forming!

New Torii Gate at SokukoJi

A traditional Japanese torii gate has been installed at SokukoJi Buddhist Community Temple in Battle Creek. Torii, which literally means “bird perch” in Japanese, traditionally marks the entrance into a sacred space. In Japan torii gates are usually found in front of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Shinto is a religion that coexists with Buddhism in Japan. Though it is historically part of Japanese culture, the origin of the torii is uncertain, as there is evidence for its use in ancient Indian Buddhism as well as in spiritual culture across Asia. The torii was designed by Sokuzan Bob Brown and built by Don McLean.