Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce the 2019 Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin. This sesshin will take place at the beautiful Hall Family guest house at Hamlin Lake, just north of Ludington, from Wednesday, August 7, at 7:00 PM through Tuesday, August 13, at approximately 9:30 AM. We hope you will join us!
Participants will have an opportunity to deepen their practice of zazen; hear talks by, and receive private instruction from, Gendo Roshi; go on a mindful nature walk in one of the many Lake Michigan parks in our vicinity; and participate in service ceremonies. This particular sesshin will conclude with our annual Kanroman (Gate of Sweet Nectar) ceremony, one of the most beautiful and stirring ceremonies that we perform. The Kanroman is associated with the Japanese festival of lights, or 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 options are available.) Once you are registered, you will receive an email with further details about this retreat.
A monk asked Yun Men, “How is it when the tree withers and the leaves fall?”
Yun Men said, “Body exposed in the golden wind.”
Yun Men did not stir a hairsbreadth, but just said to him, “Body exposed in the golden wind.” He answered most wondrously, and without presuming to turn his back on the monk’s question either. Since his question had eyes, Yun Men’s answer too was straight to the point. An ancient said, “If you want to attain Intimacy, don’t ask with a question.” If you really know someone, you know what he’s getting at as soon as he mentions it.
–from Case 27, Heikiganroku
To understand the fundamental point of the foregoing koan, you must practice with diligence. Thus, Great Wave Zen Sangha invites you to participate in an autumn extended zazenkai. This retreat will take place from 7:00 PM, October 22, 2016, until 5:00 PM, October 23, 2016. It will provide a perfect opportunity to cultivate the deep 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 the retreat, please register for this event by using our extended zazenkai registration form.
This is just a gentle reminder to join us for our half-day retreat this Saturday, May 18th. This retreat will be in “Bodhidharma” style–no formal schedule, bells, or services. Just come and go anytime you like. We only ask that silence be maintained in the zendo. This retreat is for both beginners and more experienced practitioners and is free of charge. For more details and the online registration form, please visit the website at http://greatwave.org/ai1ec_event/may-2013-half-day-retreat/?instance_id=14726.
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.