Quarterly newsletter, August - October

Sangha Newsletter for August through October, 2013

In this issue:

  • Beginner's Mind Sesshin September 13-15
  • Bodhidharma Sesshin October 3-6
  • The Karaniya Metta Sutta
  • Embracing Forgiveness workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Council discussions at CCUU

Our next retreat is our August Zazenkai at Myoshinji, which begins Friday evening, August 16 and runs through Sunday morning, the 18th.

Please register for this event by August 11.

Do you have skills or interest in making candles? GPZC is looking for someone to make candles for use on our altars. We will supply all materials. Candles placed on the altar signify wisdom and are an important part of our liturgy. Making our own candles allows us to use recycled wax from burned candles and saves a considerable amount of money. This will also allow us to eventually switch to the use of soy candles.

Quarterly newsletter, May - July

Sangha Newsletter for May through July, 2013

In this issue:

  • May Beginner's Mind Sesshin and Maezumi Roshi Memorial Service
  • June 7-Day Sesshin and special events (sangha hike; potluck dinner; Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony; bonfire)
  • July 3-Day Sesshin
  • Embracing Forgiveness workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Council discussions at CCUU

Our next retreat is our Beginner's Mind II Sesshin, which begins Friday evening, May 17 and runs through Sunday morning, the 19th.
This will include our annual memorial service for Maezumi Roshi and a Dharma Talk to honor our founder on Saturday, 5/18.

Please register for this event by May 11.

Equipment donation sought: To manage the mowing of the grass in and around the culverts, we are hoping someone might be willing to donate (used or new) a hand-push mower. We're looking for the old-fashioned type (no motor) lightweight and sharp blades are ideal.

Change of address

Please note that GPZC has moved its mailing address from the old PO box in Barrington, IL to a new one in Palatine. This will help reduce confusion, since our weekly zazen has been held in Palatine for many years. Our new address is:

PO Box 2077
Palatine, IL 60078

If you've set up an automated dues payment, you may need to ask your bank to update the address!

Quarterly Newsletter, Nov - Jan

Our November newsletter is now available.


10/21/2012, 7:00pm at Countryside Church

Please join us on Sunday, October 21 at 7:00 pm, when Nataly Kercher, Anneliese Vandre, Lorrie Kountz and Tom Janiec will receive the Buddhist Precepts at our usual Sunday evening meeting at Countryside Church, 1025 N. Smith Rd., Palatine, IL. This is an important practice step, affirming their intention to actualize the Buddha Way in all aspects of their lives in a way that is visible to others.

Quarterly newsletter, Aug - Oct

Our August newsletter is now available.

Quarterly Newsletter, May - July

Our May newsletter is now available. It contains information on our summer practice period and other upcoming events, including a new online reading/discussion course on the Six Paramitas.

March intro workshop date change

Please note that our March introductory workshop in Palatine has been moved from March 24 to March 31. (The intro workshop in Wisconsin is still on March 24.) We apologize for any inconvenience.

Quarterly newsletter, February - April

Our February newsletter is now available. It contains details of upcoming events as well as preliminary information about summer ango.

Winter break (no zazen)

12/22/2011, 7:00am - 1/3/2012, 9:00pm at Countryside Church and Myoshinji

Zazen will be canceled at Myoshinji and Countryside Church from Thursday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 3, due to the holidays. Happy New Year!