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 http://palchenbattlecreek.org.

Zazenkai retreat at Great Wave Zen Sangha, Nov. 10

Great Wave Zen Sangha of Ludington will hold a traditional one-day zazenkai retreat on November 10. Participants will have an opportunity to deepen and clarify the experience of zazen, practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk. We request a donation of $30.

Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor, Nov. 2

The Lansing Area Mindfulness Community and The Vietnamese-American Buddhist Association of Lansing (V.A.B.A.L.)

Invite you to a Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with dharma teacher Jack Lawlor.

Jack will offer a dharma talk regarding “Mindful Communications, Mindful Relationships”

We will enjoy sitting & walking meditation, chanting of the Heart Sutra, and a group dharma discussion.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the Van Hanh Temple
3015 S. Washington Street (close to McLaren Hospital)
Lansing MI 48910

Suggested Donation: $20 ($10 for students) All checks made to V.A.B.A.L.

Please bring a blanket and/or sitting cushion, plus shoes for outdoor walking meditation. Chairs will be available. Vegetarian lunch provided by the Vietnamese community. (Participants with special diets may bring their own meals.)

Register by email Tara Scott: [email protected], or by telephone: Carolyn White (517) 351-5866

*** There will be an opportunity to receive The Five Mindfulness Trainings (5 precepts). ***
Please contact Tara or Carolyn for further information if you wish to receive the Trainings.

Fall retreat offered September 11-15

Sam Ewalt from the Bluewater Community of Mindful living writes:

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living from Port Huron is continuing to sponsor mindfulness retreats in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh at Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt north of Gaylord about a four hour drive from Detroit or Grand Rapids.

Song of the Morning is now offering accommodation in the “Domes” on a “suggested donation” basis. You may offer payment for a bed in the “Domes” as your pocketbook allows.

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 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 fall retreat this year will be held September 11-15. Please join us for the weekend, for all five days, or just for the afternoon. The cost is a suggested fifty dollars a night or less for a bed in the dormitory “Domes”. Please feel free to offer what you can easily afford.

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

Camping is an affordable option and is encouraged.

To register please visit

http://www.songofthemorning.org/accomodations.html
(please scroll down for suggested rates)

Review your choices for accommodation and register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107. The office is closed on Mondays. Please discuss your payment options with Song of the Morning. Additional membership discounts are available.

For details please contact Sam Ewalt, [email protected] or 810-388-1419. Please note that Sam Ewalt will be on retreat elsewhere for the remainder of August and will not be available for emails and phone calls until after September 3.

The Bluewater Community of Mindful Living
http://www.bluewaterbuddhist.org

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.

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].

Spring Retreat with Bluewater Community of Mindful Living

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

Song of the Morning is now offering accommodation in the “Domes” on a “suggested donation” basis. You may simply offer payment as your pocketbook allows.

Please consider offering more than the suggested amount if you able to to do so to encourage this generous offer. Some private rooms and more deluxe suites are also available at their regular rates.

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 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 15-19. Please join us for the weekend, for all five days, or just for the afternoon. The cost is around fifty dollars a night for a bed in the dormitory “Domes.” Camping is an even more affordable option and is encouraged.

To register please visit Song of the Morning accomodations. Please scroll down for rates.

To review your choices for accommodation and register online or directly with the office at Song of the Morning, 989-983-4107 or email [email protected]. Please discuss your payment options with Song of the Morning. Additional membership discounts are available.

For additional details please contact Sam Ewalt, [email protected] or 810-388-1419. Sam will be on retreat and unable to answer emails or phone calls until May 3.

Introduction to Zen Workshop, Oct. 27

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 suggested donation

Where: Great Wave Zen Sangha, 608 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431

This workshop, open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike, will provide participants with a conceptual and experiential foundation for effective Zen Buddhist practice. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about:

– fundamental Buddhist teachings;
– the three aims of Zen practice;
– the three training paths and 8 forms of practice at Great Wave;
– meditation postures and techniques;
– the role of mindfulness practice;
– the significance of practicing with a teacher;
– work practice; and
– scriptural recitation practice.

Participants will have opportunities for reflective journaling, private instruction by Gendo Sensei and group discussion/Q and A.

As seating is limited, we ask that participants complete the Intro to Zen Workshop registration form by no later than October 25.
(Members of Great Wave Zen Sangha may complete the Members Intro to Zen registration form.)

“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

New sangha locations in Bay City, Bloomfield Hills, and Boyne City

Michigan Buddhist is pleased to announce three new communities of buddhist practitioners in Michigan. The first is in Bay City, which is the location of the Bay Area Community of Mindful Living, practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

The second is Bloomfield Hills, home to Jewel Heart Study Group at Bloomfield Hills.

Third is Boyne City, home to Jewel Heart Northern Michigan Study Group. Both the Boyne City and Bloomfield Hills groups are affiliated with Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center in Ann Arbor. They meet throughout the year to engage in courses created by Gehlek Rimpoche and Jewel Heart center.

If you know of other meditation centers, temples, or groups of practitioners not listed in the Michigan Buddhist directory, please contact us.

Thank you.