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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July 28 Mindful Nature Walk

Our 2024 mindful nature walks offer participants opportunities to reduce stress, improve physical health and mental clarity, and restore our connection to nature.  Led by postulant priest Kyonin Moody, our... Read More "July 28 Mindful Nature Walk"

July 13 Meditation in Waterfront Park

July 13 Meditation in Waterfront Park This special event will take place on Saturday, July 13, in the gazebo at Ludington's Waterfront Park from 9:00 - 11:00 AM.  It is... Read More "July 13 Meditation in Waterfront Park"

June 30 Mindful Nature Walk

Great Wave's 2024 series of mindful nature walks will offer participants opportunities to reduce stress, improve physical health and mental clarity, and restore our connection to nature in beautiful West... Read More "June 30 Mindful Nature Walk"

2024 Summer Ango Intensive

Ango, or "Peaceful Dwelling," is a traditional period of intensive residential practice, usually lasting 90 to 100 days.  These more intensive periods of practice date back to the Buddha's day,... Read More "2024 Summer Ango Intensive"

Weekly Zazen Temporarily Suspended

Weekly meetings for Zazen will be temporarily suspended from Tuesday, May 21, through Tuesday, June 11, while Roshi and his wife have family visiting.  Weekly meetings will resume on Tuesday,... Read More "Weekly Zazen Temporarily Suspended"

Every Day is a Good Day

Gendo Roshi has published a new video teisho entitled "Every Day is a Good Day." Using Case 6 of the Hekiganroku (The Blue Cliff Record), this teisho focuses on going... Read More "Every Day is a Good Day"

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?  Want to register for an orientation?  We’d love to hear from you!  Call us at 231-907-2910 or fill out the form below.