Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce an extended weekend retreat that will take place from Thursday, August 10, at 6:30 PM to Sunday, August 13. at 10:30 AM. (Those needing an oryoki refresher should arrive on Thursday, at 4:30 PM.)
This retreat will provide a perfect opportuny to cultivate the practice of zazen, hear a Dharma talk, receive private instruction from Gendo Sensei, and participate in service ceremonies. As always, everyone who has received an orientation, regardless of experience, is welcome to participate.
To access driving directions, as well as other details of these retreats, please complete our Event Registration Form. Seating and accommodations are limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.
June 21st is the date that marks the summer solstice, that time of year when the number of hours of daylight are at their greatest. In acknowledgement of this astronomical event, the Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce the 2017 Sun Buddha Sesshin. This retreat will take place from Wednesday, June 21, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, June 25, at 9:00 AM, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This sesshin will provide participants a perfect opportunity to deepen their practice through extended periods of meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction with Gendo Sensei, oryoki meals, and scripture recitation. In addition, Ango-Entering and Fusatsu ceremonies will be conducted. The cost of sesshin also includes all meals.
Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce its 2016 7-day sesshin! This retreat will take place from Sunday, August 7, at 7:00 PM through Saturday, August, 13, at 11:00 AM. As well as providing a perfect opportunity to take your practice to a very deep level through meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction with Gendo Sensei, oryoki meals, and scripture recitation, this sesshin will offer a special opportunity to honor the lives of lost loved ones through the Gate of Sweet Nectar, or Kanroman, ceremony. The Kanroman is a very moving and musically beautiful ceremony, replete with hundreds of candles that light the way of our memories.
In addition to the Kanroman, we will also be holding a Jukai ceremony on Saturday morning, August 13. During Jukai, one receives and vows to maintain the 16 Bodhisattva precepts. This ceremony essentially marks one’s formal commitment to the Zen Buddhist path. (If you are, or have been, seriously considering your own commitment to the path, please discuss this with Gendo Sensei.)
As always, everyone, regardless of experience, is welcome. Driving directions to our location in Hamlin Township as well as other details of the retreat are available for all participants–simply log in and then complete our 7-Day Sesshin Registration Form.