Great Wave Launches Book Discussion

Members and Friends of Great Wave Zen Sangha,

Please consider joining us for a book study and discussion beginning in late February 2021.  We will be taking up a collection of writings by our late teacher and founder of the White Plum Asanga, Taizan Maezumi, Roshi.  In Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, Maezumi Roshi provides short, accessible explorations of topics including zazen, koans, and shikantaza, as well as the intimate relationship between our practice and our lives. The book will surely speak to the questions and curiosities of seasoned practitioners and beginners alike.

We will meet semi-monthly via Zoom video chat for approximately one-hour beginning at 9:30 AM, on February 28, March 14, March 28, and April 11.  Our discussion moderator, postulant priest Kevin Muzo Holohan, will choose a selection of readings and provide questions for consideration prior to each meeting.

To participate, obtain a copy of the book and complete the book discussion registration form. There is no cost for this series of events, (but free-will donations are sincerely appreciated).  If purchasing the book represents a financial hardship, a copy will be provided for you.  Simply make a request using our Contact form.

Once registered, you will receive a zoom link to join the meetings, the selection of chapters for the first week, and questions for consideration.

We look forward to deepening our understanding of our lineage and practice together through friendly dialogue and discussion!

On Master Dogen’s “Uji” (“The Time-Being”)

Gendo Roshi‘s talk on Eihei Dogen Zenji’s essay “Uji” or “The Time-Being” appears below.

“Uji,” composed in 1240, is one fascicle of master Dogen’s extended work, The Kana Shobogenzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye.  You may read a translation of “Uji” here.

Gendo Roshi encourages the submission of comments here or on Great Wave’s YouTube channel.

COVID-19 Closures

To help support state-wide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, all scheduled meetings and events of the Great Wave Zen Sangha are canceled until further notice.  This cancellation applies to the Myogenji Temple in Ludington and our affiliate group in Grand Rapids.

At this time, we are not aware of anyone affiliated with the Sangha who has received a PUI (person under investigation) status or who has tested positive for COVID-19.

In the meantime, we encourage a strong, daily home practice and to join us for zazen via Zoom video conferencing.  (For more information, please see our May 2021 Events Calendar.)

Visitors may also want to watch some recent teisho by Gendo Roshi.

If you have any questions, please use our Contact form or call 231-907-2910.