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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Tea Ceremony, December 17, 2023

Great Wave is pleased to offer a very special event led by Dr. Yasu Ikuma, who will conduct and provide instruction in the art of the Japanese tea ceremony on... Read More "Tea Ceremony, December 17, 2023"

Dec 2 – 8 Rohatsu Sesshin

This traditional retreat commemorates the enlightenment of the historical Buddha under the Bo tree 2500 years ago.  It will provide ample offer opportunities for zazen, liturgy practice, teisho by Gendo... Read More "Dec 2 – 8 Rohatsu Sesshin"

Zazen for Nov 6 Canceled

In-person zazen for Monday evening, November 6, 2023, is canceled in order to accommodate a remodeling project.  However, please note that virtual zazen will take place as usual. We will... Read More "Zazen for Nov 6 Canceled"

Torch of Wisdom: New Video on Koan Introspection

Gendo Roshi has published a new video entitled "Torch of Wisdom: An Introduction to Koan Introspection Practice" to help those who are unfamiliar with this tradition.  The video also serves... Read More "Torch of Wisdom: New Video on Koan Introspection"

New Teisho by Gendo Roshi on YouTube

Gendo Roshi has published a new video teisho on YouTube concerning case #4 of the Hekiganroku (The Blue Cliff Record).  Entitled "What Are You Carrying?" this teisho explores the phenomenon... Read More "New Teisho by Gendo Roshi on YouTube"

Zen Makes Me Sick

  Gendo Roshi has published a video on YouTube entitled, "Zen Makes Me Sick"—a teisho on Case #3 ("Master Ma is Unwell") from the Hekiganroku, (The Blue Cliff Record). Viewers... Read More "Zen Makes Me Sick"

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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