Welcome to Great Wave Zen Sangha

Serving the Zen Buddhist Community in Michigan

New to Zen Practice?

New to Zen Practice?

Many of us came to Zen Buddhism just the way you are doing now, with some curiosity and perhaps not always the broadest base of knowledge.  This is fine. Click below to learn how you can start Zen practice.

Zen Practice at Great Wave

Zen Practice at Great Wave

Great Wave offers weekly meditation meetings, workshops, classes, and several kinds of retreats that will help you deepen and clarify the “great matter of life and death.”

Spiritual Training Paths

Spiritual Training Paths

Great Wave’s spiritual training paths offer clear guidance for each person’s level of interest and commitment to the Buddha-Dharma.

Engaged Buddhism & Eco-Dharma

Engaged Buddhism & Eco-Dharma

Great Wave is committed to engaged Buddhist practices, especially in the area of eco-Dharma and climate change action.



Becoming a member of Great Wave Zen Sangha helps it to fulfill its mission.  Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member.

Latest News

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Changes to Weekly Zazen Meetings

Note: Dates were corrected in the message below. We have a couple of changes to announce, starting with the cancelation of this evening's (December 7) virtual zazen due to illness. ... Read More "Changes to Weekly Zazen Meetings"

Virtue Practice in the Face of Extinction

In this series of three videos, Gendo Roshi talks about the intersection of Buddhist virtue practice (the paramitas) and our growing awareness of the potential for catastrophic climate change events.... Read More "Virtue Practice in the Face of Extinction"

2022 Earth-Witness Zen Camp

As part of its ongoing effort to blend traditional Zen practice with increased awareness of our current climate change crisis, Great Wave invites you to participate in its 2022 Earth-Witness... Read More "2022 Earth-Witness Zen Camp"

COVID Pandemic Response

Update: July 21, 2022 To prevent the spread of COVID-19 during live (in-person) events, the Great Wave Board of Directors has adopted a new policy for all live (in-person) events. ... Read More "COVID Pandemic Response"

Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin, July 31-Aug 3

Great Wave will hold its annual Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin from Sunday, July 31, at 4:30 PM, to Wednesday, August 3, at approximately 9:30 AM. This special retreat will... Read More "Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin, July 31-Aug 3"

Gendo Roshi in Live Stream Tonight

Gendo Roshi will deliver a teisho via his live stream YouTube channel this evening at 7:15 PM.  The title of his talk is "How to the Mow the Lawn: Honoring... Read More "Gendo Roshi in Live Stream Tonight"

Dana (Giving)

Your generosity sustains us.

Generosity, or giving (Dana), is one of the six Buddhist paramitas, or “perfections.”  It is possible to give in many ways, including physical labor, contributing to committee meetings, making freewill donations, and/or offering regular financial support in the form of monthly dues so that Great Wave can continue to fulfill its mission to spread the Buddha-Dharma.  The PayPal button below will allow you to make a one-time donation of any amount.  (For member dues payments, please visit our Membership page.)

You may also send checks payable to Great Wave Zen Sangha to

315 N. Rath Avenue
Ludington, Michigan 49431

How much you choose to give is entirely up to you.  We appreciate anything you can do.

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Have questions or comments?  We’d love to hear from you!