Gendo Roshi in Live Stream Tonight

Enlightened Lawn Mower

Gendo Roshi will deliver a teisho via his live stream YouTube channel this evening at 7:15 PM.  The title of his talk is “How to the Mow the Lawn: Honoring Our Ango Commitments.”

This event constitutes Great Wave’s first attempt at live streaming and for that reason should be considered somewhat “experimental.”  Viewers are encouraged to use the live chat feature during the talk to ask questions.  Roshi will do his best to answer them.

If you cannot participate in the live stream, a recording will be available on YouTube.

Great Wave to Hold Ancestral Way Zazenkai

Series of bronze statues of buddha ancestors with hands in gassho mudra.
“Now, actualizing the buddha ancestors means to bring them forth and look at them respectfully. It is not limited to the buddhas of past, present, and future, but it is going beyond buddhas who are going beyond themselves.” —Dogen Zenji (trans. Lew Richmond and Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Our practice is one by which each of us endeavors to personally verify, manifest, and actualize the teaching of our Dharma ancestors. To help us realize the unity of this life and the lives of our lineage of teachers, Great Wave will host the Ancestral Way Extended Zazenkai from 4:30 PM, Friday, June 24 to 12:00 PM, Sunday, June 26. Practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this weekend retreat near Hamlin Lake. It will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, a teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. Vegetarian meals are included.

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form by no later than June 20. Your timely registration and payment allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.

We look forward to practicing with you!

Great Wave to Offer Zen Camp Experience

The Earth-Witness Zen Camp blends Zen and climate change awareness.
Please register soon for this blended experience in Zen practice and climate change awareness.

As part of its ongoing effort to blend traditional Zen practice with climate change awareness, Great Wave is offering its first fully outdoor retreat: the Earth-Witness Zen Camp. This special event will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 15, at the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area trailhead and end mid-morning on Sunday, October 17. The camp will include traditional forms of Zen practice, such as mindful walking, meditation, teisho, and dokusan. In addition, this event will also offer some introductory instruction in wilderness skills.

The Earth-Witness Zen Camp is open to all, regardless of experience with Zen or backpacking.  However, please note that all participants must be

    • fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and
    • able to hike 2 miles with a backpack containing sufficient gear and food to sustain themselves in the wilderness.

The number of participants is limited to 10, so please register early with our Event Registration Form.  Once registered, you will receive detailed information to help you prepare for this wonderful practice opportunity that will deepen your resolve for both Zen practice and climate change mitigation.

If you have questions about this event, please call 231-907-2910 or use our Contact Form.

September Mindfulness Walk in Ludington State Park

Hamlin Lake
Hamlin Lake. Photo by Jimfix, 2011.

Great Wave Zen Sangha will offer an outdoor guided mindfulness event in Ludington State Park, starting at 9:30 AM, Saturday, September 11, 2021.

As part of this (mostly) silent mindful walking experience, we will perform an abbreviated version of the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony (Kanroman) to memorialize those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center Bombings of 2001. The walk (out and back) should be easily accessible for anyone in reasonably good physical health.

Please note that to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19.  All participants will also be required to wear masks when stopped or congregating and to maintain social distancing throughout the experience.

To sign up for this event, please log in and complete our Event Registration Form by no later than Monday, September 6, at 5:00 PM.

Reminder: Rising Sun Zazenkai, July 9-11

Dear friends,

I just wanted to send you a little reminder that Great Wave will hold an in-person retreat July 9 – 11.  I called this event the Rising Sun Zazenkai because it is like a new day to be able to offer our first in-person retreat since the coronavirus pandemic began over a year ago.  I really do hope you’ll find a way to participate in this special event.

For those of you who cannot make it to this event in person, we are offering the opportunity to attend my teisho virtually via Zoom video conferencing.  The teisho will take place on Saturday, July 10, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, and we ask for a $10 donation.  To participate, please complete our Event Registration form.  You will then be emailed details about how to join the Zoom meeting.

Please take good care of yourselves and practice with as much dedication as you can.

In gassho,
Gendo Roshi

 

Great Wave to Hold Rising Sun Zazenkai, July 9-11

Even when the clouds hang low, we always know when the sun has risen. Now, after the long night of the pandemic, we are at last able to rekindle our in-person practice. We hope you will join us at Myogenji Temple, in Ludington, Michigan, for the Rising Sun Extended Zazenkai. This retreat will begin at 7:00 PM, Friday, July 9, and end at 9:00 AM, Sunday, July 11.

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. Four vegetarian meals will be included.

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form by no later than July 1. Your timely registration and payment ($40) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.

For those who are unable to attend this retreat, we are offering the opportunity to attend Gendo Roshi’s teisho (Dharma talk) by Zoom. To participate, please just let us know by using our contact form. We will respond with details and instructions for connecting via Zoom. We ask that Zoom participants make a $10 free-will donation, but no will be turned away for inability to pay.

We look forward to practicing with you!

Online Zazen Tonight, Nov 5, 2020

Dear Friends,

This is just a friendly reminder that Great Wave Zen Sangha will be holding a period of zazen tonight via Zoom, starting promptly at 7:15 PM.

I know that votes in the presidential election are still being counted, and you may feel a compulsion to watch news outlets this evening, instead of sitting zazen.  That is fine.  There has never been a better time to find your center, your true home, than now.

To protect the security of our online sessions, we ask that everyone complete our registration form.  It’s free and easy to do.  Once registered, you will receive an email with a link that can be used to join the online Zoom video conferencing session.  You need only register once to join all future zazen sessions.

I look forward to practicing with you.

In Gassho,
Gendo Roshi

Video of Memorial Service for Taizan Maezumi, Roshi

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

Each year in May, White Plum Asanga teachers around the world commemorate the passing of our founder, Hakuyū Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, (February 24, 1931–May 15, 1995).  Because of the global coronavirus pandemic, however, this year’s memorial service was held informally via Zoom on May 15.  The service was recorded, and I am able to share the video with you now.  As you will see, Maezumi Roshi’s surviving Dharma heirs each shared their reminiscences, including my teacher Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi.  The event revealed to me (and I’m sure it will to you too), just how important it is to perpetuate the Dharma through our unceasing practice and dedication.  It is a moving testimonial about the power that each of us has to promote a saner, happier world.

To watch the video, please use the link and password below.

In Gassho,
Gendo Roshi

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/7pFFCYnNsTJIHZXn7FvTaIUFQYj5T6a8h3IY__IMzEsO6tuzwtMcqUbidQ5ZuOn-

Access Password: 9w+w$@*y

August 2019 Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin

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.

We look forward to practicing with you!

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