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.

Great Wave to host seven day Sesshin

Great Wave logoRebecca Mott from Great Wave Zen Sangha writes:

Please join us for our upcoming Seven-day Sesshin, a wonderful opportunity to deepen and clarify our meditation, practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and hear Dharma talks.

Participant numbers are limited, so register early if you can to insure your place. For purposes of planning, we ask that you register no later than MONDAY, JULY 22. It is important and necessary for all to register by this date so plans can be made regarding the menu, the purchase of food and service positions.

The sesshin begins Monday evening, July 29 at 8 p.m. and ends Sunday morning, August 4 around 10:30 a.m. Your sesshin donation may be given in up to four installments with a $30 deposit made at the time of registration.

Mindfulness Retreat in Watervliet, June 14-16

Heather Storeng writes:

“You are invited to attend a Mindfulness Retreat at the beautiful Ronora Lodge in Watervliet, Michigan, during the weekend of June 14-16, 2013. Together we will discover the ingredients for living deeply in the present moment and realize peace and freedom through the practice of mindfulness.

Through mindful breathing we will practice stopping, quieting and looking deeply at the seeds or qualities that open the ‘heart of love.’ We will explore how to develop our true presence – the best gift to give ourselves and others. Together we will learn how to ‘selectively water’ the seeds of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.

The intention of this retreat is to encourage a shift in energy and awareness toward a level of love. Practicing with others, you can invite a fresh direction with guidance (teaching) and observation (example) of an assembly of highly disciplined practitioners.

Our teacher, Jerry Braza, Ph.D., is a Dharma teacher in the Thich Nhat Hanh lineage and former Central Michigan University professor and author.”

For more info, check the Event Calendar or head directly to

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.

HH Denma Lochö Rinpoche to visit Jewel Heart

HH Denma Lochö RinpocheOur friends at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor write:

We are delighted to announce that His Holiness Denma Locho Rinpoche will visit Jewel Heart Ann Arbor November 5-20, 2012.

During his visit, Rinpoche will offer a teaching and oral transmission of Je Tsongkhapa’s Essence of Eloquence, widely regarded as Je Tsongkhapa’s most outstanding and penetrating presentation of the Middle Way approach to the true nature of reality in Tibetan Buddhism. Though the detailed teaching schedule is still being worked out, we expect that Rinpoche will teach for 3-4 hours a day, likely in the afternoons, over a 10-day period

Born in Kham, eastern Tibet, in 1928, and educated at Drepung Loseling monastery and the Gyume Tantric College, HH Denma Locho Rinpoche is revered as one of the senior-most eminent scholar-teachers of the Je Tsongkhapa tradition. Rinpoche has visited Jewel Heart several times over the years. In 2002, he taught on the wisdom verses of Je Tsongkhapa’s Lines of Experience, and in 2004 he gave the Guyasamaja initiation. Most recently, in 2008, he taught on Guntang’s Meaningful Praise to Tsongkhapa.

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.


Days of Mindfulness with Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living writes:

This fall Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor will come to Michigan for two Days
of Mindfulness and offer dharma talks and instruction in mindfulness

September 22, Grand Rapids, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Withered Tree Sangha, 1409 Robinson Ave SE at Lake Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A twenty-dollar donation is suggested. Includes a vegetarian lunch. Please contact Eric Korsedal, [email protected] to register in advance or for more information.

November 3, Lansing, Jack’s annual visit sponsored by the Lansing Area Mindfulness Community at the Van Hanh Buddhist Temple. There will be an opportunity to receive The Five Mindfulness Trainings in the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Please contact Tara Scott for necessary information about preparing to receive the Trainings or to register. < a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]