Starting Zen Practice

Starting Zen practice at Great Wave is easy; just call 231-907-2910 or use our contact form to request an orientation session.  The orientation will give you a good overview of the form of our practice, so that you will feel comfortable during the meditation sessions.  We ask that everyone wear loose, dark-colored (preferably black) clothing to the orientation and to avoid strong perfumes, colognes, or conspicuous jewelry.

Once you have been oriented and have started attending weekly meditation sessions, you may be interested in participating in meditation retreats (either sesshin or zazenkai).

You should also consider becoming a member of Great Wave.  Membership provides some significant advantages, such as discounts on retreat costs.

We also encourage everyone to create an account on this website and to add an email address to the “Sudden Enlightenment” widget on this page.  This ensures that you will receive email announcements of upcoming events without having to return to this website.  (Your email address will not be shared and you will not be spammed.)  Also, you may opt in to receive occasional push notifications; if you weren’t prompted to opt in when first browsing this page, you can do so by clicking the icon in the URL window of your browser.)  You may also easily receive announcements via text message by following us on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Finally, if you are unable to come to Great Wave’s practice center (Myogenji Temple) but would like to begin exploring zazen on your own, you may find it useful to read the following books:

The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry by John Gendo Wolff, Roshi
Everyday Zen: Love and Work
by Charlotte Joko Beck, Roshi
Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken, Roshi
The Three Pillars of Zen by Phillip Kapleau, Roshi
What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Appreciate Your Life by Taizan Maezumi, Roshi
On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind by Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, and Bernie Glassman