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.

“The Way of Silent Illumination” Silent Retreat October 12 – 14

The Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center present their fall retreat, “The Way of Silent Illumination”, Octobor 12 – 14.

This silent retreat will include periods of seated, walking, and guided meditation, as well as periods of solitude. Participants should have Buddhist or Zen meditation experience. The retreat will begin at 5:00 p.m. Friday with the evening meal. Participants may arrive late, but should arrive no later than 8:00 p.m. Friday. Early departure is permitted, but not earlier than Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

The retreat will be held at Song of the Morning Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, MI. Contact Song of the Morning at (989) 983-4107 for registration. Please also notify Ven. Deok Wun Sunim of the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center of your registration at (616) 822-2465. Registration costs $100 and includes lodging and meals.

For more information, please contact Ven. Deok Wun Sunim at (616) 822-2465

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]