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.

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When There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

Gendo Roshi has published a new video in honor of Earth Day entitled "When There's Nothing You Can Do About It." Using Case 1 of the Shoyuroku (The Book of... Read More "When There’s Nothing You Can Do About It"

Hana Matsuri and the World-Honored One

Today, April 8th, Zen Buddhists all over the world are celebrating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical person who became the Buddha, or the Awakened One, approximately 2500 years... Read More "Hana Matsuri and the World-Honored One"

April 7 Hana Matsuri Family Day Hike

This free event for families will involve a short hike in Ludington State Park as part of our commemoration of the birth of the Buddha (Hana Matsuri), which is traditionally... Read More "April 7 Hana Matsuri Family Day Hike"

March 17 Zazenkai

Great Wave is pleased to offer a one-day retreat from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, on Sunday, March 17.  Participants will have opportunities for zazen, liturgy practice, a teisho by... Read More "March 17 Zazenkai"

February 25 Half-Day Retreat!

This half-day retreat will run from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, on Sunday, February 25, and will provide participants with an opportunity to focus on zazen, the core of Zen... Read More "February 25 Half-Day Retreat!"

New Video on Case 5 of The Blue Cliff Record

Gendo Roshi has published a new video on his YouTube channel entitled "How to Pick Up the Whole, Great World (And Throw it Down)," which concerns Case 5 of The... Read More "New Video on Case 5 of The Blue Cliff Record"

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.

Contact Us

Have questions or comments?  We’d love to hear from you!  Call us at 231-907-2910 or fill out the form below.