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.

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.

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

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.

“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