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!

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

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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.


Changes to Weekly Zazen Schedule

Please note that our Wednesday evening zazen at Myogenji Temple in Ludington will change to Tuesday evenings, 7:15—8:30 PM, starting on September 10.  (Our Saturday morning zazen remains unchanged.)

Also, starting on September 8, weekly zazen at our Grand Rapids location (Kyoseikan Dojo) will take place every Sunday, 10:00—11:00 AM.

Please see our Events Calendar for location details.