Robert Walker to teach in Battle Creek Jan. 26

Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation:
working with boredom, anxiety, speed, chaos, intense emotions, goal orientation, and other things that come up in practice and life

by Shambhala meditation instructor and teacher Robert Walker

Robert WalkerRobert Walker has been a Shambhala meditation instructor and teacher since 1984. He has been on the faculty and staff of The Naropa Institute Psychology departments, an employee of Vajradhatu Publications and Maitri Psychological Services, co-director of Marpa House in Boulder, CO, and an editor of Buddhist teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Currently Robert works with curriculum, practice, and study for the Shambhala Meditation Group of Southwest Michigan.

Presented by Palchen Study Group Battle Creek at
The Holistic Health Center, 181 North Ave., Battle Creek, MI.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

There is no charge for this program. Donations, however, will be accepted. All are welcome to attend.
Call Matt Willis (269) 275-0090 if you have any questions or visit

Lama Tashi Topgyal to teach in Battle Creek, Nov. 16-17

LamaTashiTopgyal.254102050_stdThe Palchen Study Group in Battle Creek will host Lama Tashi Topgyal Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17.

Lama Tashi Topgyal is from Raktrul Monastery in eastern Tibet. After many years of study, he went into a nine-year-nine-month retreat. He came to the U.S. in 2003 to teach at Kunzang Palchen Ling in New York, a Tibetan Buddhist center founded by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche.

Lama Tashi Topgyal will give teachings on bodhichitta and instructions on tonglen practice at the Holistic Health Center in Battle Creek, 181 North Avenue. He’ll also bestow the Refuge Vow and offer the Chenrezig Empowerment from the treasure collection of Terchen Barway Dorje (1836-1918).

The cost for the entire weekend is $100 or $25 per session. Refuge is required to receive the empowerment. If you’re not interested in taking refuge, you are more than welcome to attend just the teaching sessions. Call Matt Willis (275) 275-0090 to register. Please visit for complete program details.

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.