Sangha Social: Prairie Hike and Picnic

As a family-friendly summer social event, we're planning a morning prairie hike and picnic lunch near Chicago on July 28th. We hope you'll be able to join us, and please feel free to bring family and friends! Read on for more information...

2007 White Plum Asanga Meeting

Myoyu Roshi has recently returned from the annual White Plum Meeting which was held this year at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, the original home of the White Plum Lineage. To see pictures of the event, please go here.

May Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available here. It includes information on summer sesshin and ango, the upcoming introductory workshop schedule, our Autumn workshop series, and more.

Peace Meditation for Darfur

4/28/2007, 1:30pm at Myoshinji

We're pleased to be offering a community meditation as part of the Global Days for Darfur. During this one and a half hour event, we will meditate, chant, pray and send loving-kindness to the people of Darfur and to all those in the world who are suffering the effects of intolerance and oppression.

Participants from any religious background are welcome and do not need to have previous experience in meditation. There will be information packets and refreshments provided, and any donations will be dedicated entirely to charity in Darfur. To register, please visit the page for this event at Save Darfur.

Precepts Sesshin, April 26-29, at Myoshinji

The Great Plains Zen Center is pleased to offer a retreat designed especially for those who are preparing to receive the Buddhist precepts (jukai). In addition to zazen, services and meals, the retreat will feature talks and discussions about the lineage and participants will write their own lineage chart. Other talks will focus on the different understandings of the precepts and how they apply to everyday life. Those attending will also have opportunities to work on sewing rakusus.

Change to Weekly Schedule

In order to make it possible for more of us to sit together more regularly, we've changed our weekly schedule and will now have sittings at Countryside Church only on Sundays at 7:00 PM. We will no longer have formal sitting on Tuesday nights. Of course we encourage you to join us on Sundays!

February Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available here. It includes the calendar through April, information on our new Sunday schedule at Myoshinji, and more.

Newsletter for November 2006 through January 2007

Click here to view our most recent newsletter.

Sunday Program at Myoshinji Begins Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006

We are pleased to announce a new Sunday morning weekly program at Myoshinji. The program will take place each Sunday starting at 9 AM with two periods of zazen, a talk or class, work practice and vegetarian lunch. The program is open to beginners and practitioners at all levels. Beginning instruction will be provided each week for newcomers. Dokusan (individual practice meetings with Myoyu Roshi) will be available most Sundays. Pre-registration for this program is not required, but first time participants may wish to call for directions, what to bring, etc.

Visit from Buddhist Literature Class

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Natalie Gummer and the students of her Interpreting Buddhist Literature class from Beloit College on Saturday, November 4 at Myoshinji. The class will have the opportunity to see how Buddhist scripture can be used as liturgy, as a guide to actualizing practice in everyday life and as a focus of practice itself. Dr. Gummer’s academic specialty is in the Mahayana Buddhist sutras.