Call to Join the 2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai

Dear friends of Great Wave Zen Sangha,

It is at this time of the year when the Zen tradition commemorates the enlightenment, 2500 years ago, of Shakyamuni Buddha.  It was at that moment that he is said to have uttered the words, “Wonder of wonders! I and all beings on Earth together attain enlightenment!”

Image of the Buddha depicted touching the earth at the moment of his awakening
The Buddha depicted touching the earth at the moment of his awakening.

In the aftermath of his awakening, the Buddha questioned whether he should even try to tell others how they too could awaken.  The path he had taken to emancipation had been difficult. But he soon decided that there would always be someone who was willing to do what has to be done to realize the truth of this life.  And so he began what would become a 50-year teaching career.

What will be your special connection to this story?  How will you realize, and then actualize, your Buddha-nature?  These are questions you can spend a lifetime exploring, and the best way to do that is by entering into a traditional retreat environment where each of us strives to awaken just as Shakyamuni Buddha did 2500 years ago.  I invite you, therefore, to attend the upcoming 2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai and to share in the spirit of gratitude for the Buddha’s extraordinary example.

You can find more information about this retreat and a link to the registration form by navigating to our events calendar.

I look forward to practicing with you.

Roshi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai Announced

The Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment as he gazed at the morning star after 45 days of meditation under the Bo tree.

Great Wave Zen Sangha is please to announce its 2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai retreat.  This will be an extended zazenkai, beginning at 7:00 PM, Friday, November 30, and ending at 9:00 AM, Sunday, December 2.  Rohatsu is the traditional anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment.  Practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this retreat. It will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, Teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. Vegetarian meals are included.

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($80 for members; $120 for non-members) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements. Limited overnight accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We look forward to practicing with you!

October 19-21, 2018, Extended Zazenkai

Great Wave Zen Sangha will host an extended zazenkai from 7:00 PM, Friday, October 19 to 9:00 AM, Sunday, October 21. This retreat is perfect for 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. Vegetarian meals are included are included.

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($80 for members; $120 for non-members;) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements. Limited overnight accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We look forward to practicing with you!

August 2018 Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin

 

Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to invite you to its 2018 Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin.  This retreat will be held from Friday, August 3, at 6:30 PM, to Thursday, August 9, at approximately 9:30 AM.

This retreat will offer you an opportunity to deepen your practice of zazen; hear talks by, and receive private instruction from, Gendo Roshi; go on a mindful nature walk in one of the many parks along the west shore of Lake Michigan; and participate in service ceremonies. This particular sesshin will conclude with our annual Kanroman (the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony), one of the most beautiful and stirring ceremonies that we perform. The Kanroman is associated with the Japanese festival Obon.

Picture of Obon laterns floating in a Japanese waterway.
Obon laterns floating in a Japanese waterway.

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 .poptions are available, depending on space limitations.) Once you are registered, you will receive an email with further details about this retreat.

Please feel free to share this message to interested others.

We look forward to practicing with you!

July 2018 Weekend Sesshin

Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce the July 2018 Weekend Sesshin.  This retreat will begin on Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 PM, and end on Sunday, July 15, at approximately 9:30 AM.

Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their practice of zazen, hear a teisho, receive private instruction from Gendo Roshi, and participate in service ceremonies.  Vegetarian meals are included.  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 further details about this retreat.

We look forward to practicing with you!

2018 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai

Lost Lakes, Ludington, Michigan
“By the water, deep within the forest, you find the traces.” –The Oxherding Pictures

Great Wave Zen Sangha will host a Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai on June 9, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. This retreat 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.  Lunch will be included.

The retreat will take place at Great Wave’s new practice center. (See our Location page for directions.)

To register for this event, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($30) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.

We look forward to practicing with you!

Great Wave Zen Sangha Reopens

As some of you know, Great Wave Zen Sangha vacated its former location a few years ago.  For some time after that, we practiced at a temporary location at the local community college.  That too could not be continued, and while we did go on holding summer retreats, and while I have maintained video chat dokusan with some of my students, the Sangha has been mostly on a long hiatus.

The New GWZS Practice Center
The New GWZS Practice Center

I am very pleased to announce, however, that during the past two months, postulant priest Kevin Muzo Holohan; my wife, Hoen Sturgeon-Wolff; and I have prepared a small space attached to my home that will at last allow Great Wave to resume its former (rather vigorous!) weekly sitting schedule and to hold shorter sesshin.  The new space is located at 315 N. Rath, in Ludington. (For details about how to access the new space, please see our Location page.)

I think the reopening of our practice center is the perfect occasion for a day-long “beginner’s mind” retreat, or zazenkai, and I have scheduled this for Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. (Please see our Events Calendar for details about this retreat/workshop and to register.)

After the 2018 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai, Great Wave’s doors will also be open for biweekly sittings on most Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. (Again, please see our Events Calendar for details.)

And, finally, in addition to the practice opportunities above, a short sesshin is tentatively scheduled for July 12 – 15; and our usual week-long sesshin is confirmed for August 3 -10.  I encourage you, if you haven’t done so already, to make sure you subscribe to Great Wave’s blog so that you receive announcements of the details concerning these upcoming retreats.

I sincerely hope to see you at both weekly sittings and/or upcoming zazenkai and sesshin. If you have any questions, please send a message via the Contact page of the GWZS website.

In Gassho,
Gendo Roshi

Gendo Roshi

August 2017 Weekend Retreat

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.

We look forward to practicing with you!