About Great Wave Zen Sangha

The Great Wave Zen Sangha has been serving the Zen Buddhist community of Michigan since its founding in 2001.  Its resident teacher is John Gendo Wolff, Roshi, the dharma heir of Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, abbot of the Great Plains Zen Center.

While Great Wave is officially a Soto Zen practice center, its practice style is typical of other temples in the White Plum Asanga lineage in that it blends elements of both the Soto and Rinzai Zen sect traditions.  In general, this means that equal emphasis is given to shikantaza and koan practice techniques.

Image of the White Plum Asanga Crest
The White Plum Asanga Crest

Great Wave is now formally organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit charity.  Its mission is perpetuate the teaching of the Buddha-dharma and seeks to provide the opportunity for anyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability to receive this teaching through the practice of zazen (meditation), religious services, intensive training, daily life practice, the pursuit of relevant higher education, and instruction by a qualified teacher (i.e., a bona fide Dharma heir).

As a member temple of the White Plum Asanga, Great Wave abides by a rigorous ethics policy, which you may read here.

Like most other religious charities, Great Wave’s ability to perpetuate the Zen tradition is entirely dependent upon the generosity of its members.  Donations (known as dana in the Buddhist tradition) are therefore encouraged and gratefully received.  For more information on the costs associated with practice at Great Wave Zen Sangha, please click here.  And for information about membership in the Sangha, please click here.