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.
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.
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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.