New Weekly Schedule

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Starting on March 3, 2013, regular zazen will take place on Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 8:15 PM and Sunday mornings, 8:00 – 9:45 AM.

Great Wave will continue to host Introduction to Zen workshops and retreats most months.  Please always check our events calendar for the most up-to-date information.  Also, weather-related closures, event cancellations, and other departures from the regular monthly schedule will be announced here in the News category; on Twitter; and on our FaceBook page.

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March 2013 Zazenkai

English: A zafu, the pouffe-shaped traditional...

Great Wave is pleased to announce an extended zazenkai retreat on March 16 and 17.   This extended zazenkai will provide practitioners with an opportunity to deepen their zazen, to practice liturgy, to receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a teisho.

For more information and to register (by the March 10 deadline), please see our events calendar.

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Register for Upcoming Rohatsu Sesshin!

English: Plum Blossoms in Snow, Zhang Yan, Min...
Plum blossoms in snow are a traditional Japanese Zen symbol of Sakyamuni Bddha’s awakening.

Please join us for this special weekend sesshin in honor of the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha (known as Rohatsu in the Japanese Zen tradition).  Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their meditation practice,  practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and hear a Dharma talk. We request a donation of $75 for members, and $120 for non-members for full-time participation. (Part-time participation is also permitted.)  Just click on the December calendar at greatwave.org (top of page, under EVENTS).  Feel free to visit our sesshin schedule for details of our weekend, at greatwave.org (bottom of page).

 

 

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November 2012 Zazenkai

Great Wave Zen Sangha will be holding a zazenkai on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm.  Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their meditation practice, practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei (daisan), and hear a Dharma talk.  We request a donation of $25 for members, and $40 for non-members for full-time participation. (Part-time participation is also permitted.) Feel free to visit our zazenkai schedule for details of our day.

Seating will be limited, so we ask that all participants complete our zazenkai registration form by no later November 6. GWZS Members should use the members zazenkai registration form.

September 8, 2012 Zazenkai

When: Back to Calendar September 8, 2012 @ 6:30 am – 4:50 pm
Where: Great Wave Zen Sangha
608 E Ludington Ave
Ludington,MI 49431
USA
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Cost: Members $25; non-Members $40
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Please join us for this weekend zazenkai, which will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their zazen, to practice liturgy, to receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk. We request a donation of $25 for members, and $40 for non-members for full-time participation. (Part-time participation is also permitted.)  Feel free to visit our zazenkai schedule for details of our day.

Seating will be limited, so we ask that all participants to complete our zazenkai registration form by no later September 1.  GWZS Members should use the members zazenkai registration form.

Flower-Arranging and Tea Workshops Update

Our announcements about the upcoming workshops in Ikebana (Japanese flower-arranging) and the Japanese Tea Ceremony accidentally omitted the dates and times.  They are as follows:

  • Ikebana Workshop: September 15, 2012, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tea Ceremony: September 16, 2012, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Please see our events calendar for links to our registration pages.

We apologize for any confusion.

The Spirit of Tea: Talk and Tea Ceremony (For Free!)

Green tea
Green tea

As part of Great Wave’s effort to provide opportunities to expand our practice sphere to the arts, it is offering this very special presentation on the Japanese art of the tea ceremony.  The presentation will then be followed by a formal tea ceremony in the zendo.  These events will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2012, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.  Our instructor and tea host is Notre Dame University Teaching Professor Emeritus Sondra Byrnes, a student of Zen and a long-time practitioner of the tea ceremony.

The session will include the historical and philosophical background of the Japanese tea ceremony and its various styles, and an opportunity to ask questions.

Due the very special nature of this event, participation will be limited to 10 individuals, so please ensure that you complete our workshop registration form early.  (Members of GWZS may register here).  Also, we are looking for one or two volunteers to act as hanto, or tea servers.  (Volunteer servers will also be served tea at the end of the ceremony.)