There is a kind of cold that gets into our bones in January, but it is not the kind of cold that has to do with the weather. Cold, winter, and ice—these are Zen tropes for the mind that awakens in the midst of meditation. Please join us at Kyoseikan Dojo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the Sweeping Clouds Zazenkai. This retreat will begin at 7:00 PM, Saturday, January 25, and end at 4:30 PM, Sunday, January 26.
Practitioners of all levels of experience are welcome to attend this day that will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. Two vegetarian meals will be included.
To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form by no later than January 22. Your timely registration and payment ($30) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.
Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce the 2019 Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin. This sesshin will take place at the beautiful Hall Family guest house at Hamlin Lake, just north of Ludington, from Wednesday, August 7, at 7:00 PM through Tuesday, August 13, at approximately 9:30 AM. We hope you will join us!
Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their practice of zazen; hear talks by, and receive private instruction from, Gendo Roshi; go on a mindful nature walk in one of the many Lake Michigan parks in our vicinity; and participate in service ceremonies. This particular sesshin will conclude with our annual Kanroman (Gate of Sweet Nectar) ceremony, one of the most beautiful and stirring ceremonies that we perform. The Kanroman is associated with the Japanese festival of lights, or Obon. As always, everyone who has received an orientation, regardless of experience, is welcome to attend this retreat.
We ask that you complete the Event Registration Form as soon as possible as seating and accommodations are limited. (Both full- and part-time participation options are available.) Once you are registered, you will receive an email with further details about this retreat.
What is Zen? What is meditation all about? The answers to these and other questions about the Zen Buddhist tradition will be answered in a four-part introductory course, which will take place at Kyoseikan Dojo, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on four consecutive Sundays, starting May 12, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Participants will receive instruction in the fundamentals of Zen practice, including breathing meditation, an introduction to Buddhist scripture and ceremony, the central importance of the Buddhist precepts, and the student-teacher relationship. Discussion, refreshments, print materials, and a class certificate will be offered. Most sessions will be led by Rev. John Gendo Wolff, Roshi, resident teacher at Great Wave Zen Sangha.
As a culminating event, a traditional zazenkai (one-day retreat) will be offered at Kyoseikan Dojo on Sunday, June 9. (Please register for the zazenkai separately by visiting our Events Calendar where you can find more information about this retreat.)
Seating for the Zen Fundamentals course is limited. Please complete the online Event Registration Form by no later than May 8.
Great Wave is pleased to announce the 2019 March Winds Extended Zazenkai which will take place March 22-24. This retreat will give participants an opportunity to deepen their practice of zazen, hear a teisho, receive private instruction from Gendo Roshi, and participate in service ceremonies. As always, everyone who has received an orientation, regardless of experience, is welcome to attend this retreat.
We ask that you complete the Event Registration Form as soon as possible as seating and accommodations are limited. Once you are registered, you will receive an email with further details about this retreat.
Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce its 2019 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai. This retreat will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Our time will be dedicated to introducing the fundamentals of Zen practice to those who are new to Zen—but practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this day that will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. A vegetarian lunch will be included.
Our retreat will take place at Great Wave’s new practice center, Myogenji Temple. (Please see our Location page for details.) To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($30) will allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.
Because Roshi and Hoen will be having a number of house guests over the next few weeks, our weekly meetings for zazen will be canceled as of December 18. Weekly meetings will resume on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.