2019 March Winds Zazenkai

Image by Gendo Roshi

Great Wave is pleased to announce the  2019 March Winds Extended Zazenkai which will take place March 22-24.  This retreat will give participants an opportunity to deepen their practice of zazen, hear a teisho, receive private instruction from Gendo Roshi, and participate in service ceremonies. 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 an email with further details about this retreat.

We look forward to practicing with you!

February 2019 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai

Lost Lakes, Ludington, Michigan
“By the water, deep within the forest, you find the traces.” —The Oxherding Pictures

Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce its 2019 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai.  This retreat will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  Our time will be dedicated to introducing the fundamentals of Zen practice to those who are new to Zen—but practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this day that will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. A vegetarian lunch will be included.

Our retreat will take place at Great Wave’s new practice center, Myogenji Temple. (Please see our Location page for details.) To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($30) will allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.

We look forward to practicing with you!

2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai Announced

The Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment as he gazed at the morning star after 45 days of meditation under the Bo tree.

Great Wave Zen Sangha is please to announce its 2018 Rohatsu Zazenkai retreat.  This will be an extended zazenkai, beginning at 7:00 PM, Friday, November 30, and ending at 9:00 AM, Sunday, December 2.  Rohatsu is the traditional anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment.  Practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this retreat. It will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, Teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. Vegetarian meals are included.

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($80 for members; $120 for non-members) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements. Limited overnight accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We look forward to practicing with you!

October 19-21, 2018, Extended Zazenkai

Great Wave Zen Sangha will host an extended zazenkai from 7:00 PM, Friday, October 19 to 9:00 AM, Sunday, October 21. This retreat is perfect for those who are new to Zen—but practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this day that will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, Teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi. Vegetarian meals are included are included.

To participate, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($80 for members; $120 for non-members;) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements. Limited overnight accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We look forward to practicing with you!

2018 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai

Lost Lakes, Ludington, Michigan
“By the water, deep within the forest, you find the traces.” –The Oxherding Pictures

Great Wave Zen Sangha will host a Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai on June 9, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. This retreat will be dedicated to introducing the fundamentals of Zen practice to those who are new to Zen—but practitioners of all levels of experience are encouraged to attend this day that will be rich with opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, Teisho, and dokusan with Gendo Roshi.  Lunch will be included.

The retreat will take place at Great Wave’s new practice center. (See our Location page for directions.)

To register for this event, please complete our Event Registration Form as soon as possible. Your timely registration and payment ($30) allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.

We look forward to practicing with you!

Great Wave Zen Sangha Reopens

As some of you know, Great Wave Zen Sangha vacated its former location a few years ago.  For some time after that, we practiced at a temporary location at the local community college.  That too could not be continued, and while we did go on holding summer retreats, and while I have maintained video chat dokusan with some of my students, the Sangha has been mostly on a long hiatus.

The New GWZS Practice Center
The New GWZS Practice Center

I am very pleased to announce, however, that during the past two months, postulant priest Kevin Muzo Holohan; my wife, Hoen Sturgeon-Wolff; and I have prepared a small space attached to my home that will at last allow Great Wave to resume its former (rather vigorous!) weekly sitting schedule and to hold shorter sesshin.  The new space is located at 315 N. Rath, in Ludington. (For details about how to access the new space, please see our Location page.)

I think the reopening of our practice center is the perfect occasion for a day-long “beginner’s mind” retreat, or zazenkai, and I have scheduled this for Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. (Please see our Events Calendar for details about this retreat/workshop and to register.)

After the 2018 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai, Great Wave’s doors will also be open for biweekly sittings on most Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. (Again, please see our Events Calendar for details.)

And, finally, in addition to the practice opportunities above, a short sesshin is tentatively scheduled for July 12 – 15; and our usual week-long sesshin is confirmed for August 3 -10.  I encourage you, if you haven’t done so already, to make sure you subscribe to Great Wave’s blog so that you receive announcements of the details concerning these upcoming retreats.

I sincerely hope to see you at both weekly sittings and/or upcoming zazenkai and sesshin. If you have any questions, please send a message via the Contact page of the GWZS website.

In Gassho,
Gendo Roshi

Gendo Roshi

Golden Wind Zazenkai, Oct. 22-23, 2016

Walkers in the park with falling leaves
Walkers in the park with falling leaves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

We look forward to practicing with you!

 

Rohatsu 2015 Retreat Announced

Morning start over the Pacific Ocean (source: Wikimedia)
Morning start over the Pacific Ocean (source: Wikimedia

Great Wave will be holding a day-long retreat, or zazenkai, on December 6, 2015.  Dubbed the 2015 Bright Star Zazenkai, this retreat is a traditional part of Rohatsu, the Zen tradition’s week-long commemoration of Shakyamuni Buddha‘s enlightenment beneath the bo tree 2500 years ago.

Geared for practitioners of all levels, this retreat will offer participants an opportunity to deepen their practice of meditation, study scripture, hear a Dharma talk, and to receive private instruction (daisan) from Gendo Sensei.

For more information, and to register for this event, please see our online events calendar.

Mind-Flower Spring Zazenkai

Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion
Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This time of year we look forward to the return of green trees and colorful gardens. The scented air and the warm skies are wonderfully reassuring. We may be reminded of a phrase we chant each morning in the dedication to the “Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo”: “May the mind-flower bloom in eternal spring.” How, we may wonder, is the mind like a flower? Why, in the midst of endless change, would we wish for eternal spring?

To understand these questions requires a careful, nurturing practice. Thus, in the spirit of perfecting our spiritual skills, Great Wave Zen Sangha announces its Mind-Flower Spring Zazenkai, which will take place on March 28, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This retreat will be dedicated to the cultivation of the paramitas, or “perfections” of practice. With opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, Dharma teaching, and daisan with Gendo Sensei, practicitioners will be able to deepen their exploration of the six paramitas of generosity, morality, patience, effort, meditation, and wisdom.

As always, everyone, regardless of experience, is welcome. Our retreat will take place at the Hall Guest House (with optional coffee, tea, breakfast snacks, and early-morning socializing starting at 7:15 AM).

To participate, please register and pay the $30 retreat fee by no later than March 26. (Your timely registration and payment allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.)

We look forward to practicing with you!

2015 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai

Oxherding pictures, No. 2
Oxherding pictures, No. 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are often reminded that the wisest, most natural, most compassionate way of being in the world is to face it with “beginner’s mind”—the attitude of one who approaches life without preconceived ideas. Thus, in this spirit of letting go of expectations and truly seeing what is here, right now, Great Wave announces its 2015 Beginner’s Mind Zazenkai, which will take place at the Hall Guest House on February 21, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. (Optional coffee, tea, breakfast snacks, and early-morning socializing will be available starting at 7:15 AM!) A map with directions to the guest house is available here.

This one-day retreat, while dedicated to those beginning Zen practice, is for everyone, regardless of experience. Participants will have opportunities for meditation, recitation of scripture; and learning about the intellectual and philosophical history of the Zen Buddhist tradition. There will be time for discussion and private teaching with Gendo Sensei, and a vegetarian lunch will be provided.

To participate, please register and pay the $30 retreat fee by no later than February 15. (Remember, your timely registration and payment allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.)

We look forward to practicing with you!