August 2019 Gate of Sweet Nectar Sesshin

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.

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!

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!

June 2017 Sun Buddha Sesshin

ByWhen:
June 21, 2017 @ 7:00 PM – June 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Where:
Grand Rapids
MI
USA
Cost:
Members, $160.00; Non-Members $240

 

June 21st is the date that marks the summer solstice, that time of year when the number of hours of daylight are at their greatest. In acknowledgement of this astronomical event, the Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce the 2017 Sun Buddha Sesshin. This retreat will take place from Wednesday, June 21, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, June 25, at 9:00 AM, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Image of the Sun Buddha
In traditional Buddhist cosmology, Vairochana Buddha, AKA the “Sun Buddha,” resides at the center of the universe of the Five Buddha Families.  He dispels the darkness of ignorance and radiates the brilliant, white light of awakening.

This sesshin will provide participants a perfect opportunity to deepen their practice through extended periods of meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction with Gendo Sensei, oryoki meals, and scripture recitation. In addition, Ango-Entering and Fusatsu ceremonies will be conducted. The cost of sesshin also includes all meals.

Driving directions to our retreat location, as well as other details of the retreat, are available for all participants—simply login at https://greatwave.org/, complete our Event Registration Form, and pay the sesshin fee.

Please note that seating and on-site accommodations are limited.  You are therefore advised to register early.

We look forward to practicing with you!

Register Soon for 2016 7-Day Sesshin!

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.

At the end of the Obon festival in Matsue, Japan, paper lanterns are place on Lake Shinji, symbolizing the departure of ancestor spirits to the other world.
At the end of the Obon festival in Matsue, Japan, paper lanterns are placed on Lake Shinji, symbolizing the departure of ancestor spirits to the other world. Great Wave will perform a similar ceremony during its August sesshin.  (Photo by James Alexander Jack)

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.

We look forward to practicing with you!

Fall Retreats Scheduled!

Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana
Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Wave Zen Sangha has added retreats to its fall events calendar, starting with a half-day retreat on September 15, from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

In October, Great Wave will pilot a new form of the zazenkai (or  one-day retreat), by starting it on Saturday evening, October 12, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and then continuing on the following morning, October 13, from 5:30 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

November 10 will offer a more traditional zazenkai, (Please register here.) and in commemoration of the Rohatsu holiday, a three-day sesshin will be held. (Please register here.)

At all retreats, participants will have an opportunity to deepen and clarify the experience of zazen, practice liturgy, participate in oryoki meals, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk.  We sincerely hope that you will try to make one or more of these retreats.

 

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Sesshin Schedule

Bodhisattva, Afghanistan, vallée du Ghorband, ...Our sesshin schedule is generally as follows below.

Opening Evening

[4:30-6:00 PM Oryoki & service position instruction, as needed;]
7:00-7:30 opening remarks; zazen
7:40-8:15 zazen; Four Bodhisattva Vows
9:30 Lights out

Full Days of Sesshin

4:00-4:25 Coffee and tea
4:30 – 5:10 Gatha of Atonement; zazen
5:20-6:00 zazen
6:10-6:50 zazen; Verse of the Kesa
7:00-7:30 service
7:40-8:10 breakfast
8:15-9:15 samu
9:15-9:55 break
10:00-10:30 zazen
10:40-11:10 zazen
11:20-11:50 zazen
11:50-12:00 service
12:00-12:40 lunch
12:40-1:25 break
1:30-2:00 zazen

2:10-3:00 Teisho (on first, third, and fifth days of sesshin)

3:10-3:40 zazen (on second, fourth, and sometimes the sixth day of sesshin)

3:40-4:55 break
5:00-5:30 zazen
5:30-5:35 service
5:40-6:10 dinner
6:10-7:00 break
7:00-7:30 zazen
7:40-8:10 zazen
8:20-8:50 zazen; Four Bodhisattva Vows
9:30 Lights out

Final Day of Sesshin

5:00-5:25 Coffee and tea
5:30-6:10 Gatha of Atonement; zazen
6:20-7:00 zazen
7:10-7:40 zazen; Verse of the Kesa
7:40-8:20 service [and Nenju if sesshin is ending after breakfast]
8:20-9:00 breakfast  (Note: Some sesshin end after breakfast. All participants are expected to help with clean up.)

Oryoki (formal meal) instruction will take place at 4:30 PM of the first day of sesshin. It is mandatory for first-time participants to attend this instruction session.)  If time allows, there will also be some instruction in service formalities.

For those sleeping over, you are advised to bring a sleeping bag, wash cloth, towel, and other personal toiletries as necessary. It is also helpful to have a small flashlight or cell phone.  If you bring a cell phone to retreat, you will need to restrict calls to break times and set the ringer to silent.  Cell phones are no allowed in the zendo.

We are sometimes asked whether it is OK to come for just the Teisho (Roshi‘s Dharma talk).  This is fine, but we ask that those who come for the talk commit to the period of meditation that precedes it.  Therefore, if you want to come mainly for the talk, plan on arriving just before the 1:30 PM period of zazen and staying until about 3:00 PM.  We appreciate your cooperation.

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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