Newsletters

Quarterly newsletter, November - January

Sangha Newsletter for November 2014 through January 2015

In this issue:

  • Our Heart of Wisdom class continues through November 23
  • Rohatsu Sesshin Dec. 3-7
  • Three-Day Sesshin Jan. 8-11
  • Volunteering Opportunity Jan. 31
  • GPZC becomes a Zen Peacemaker Order Member Group

Our next retreat is a Zazenkai at Myoshinji, which begins Friday, November 7 and runs through morning on Sunday, November 9.

Please register for this event online as soon as possible.

Quarterly newsletter, August - October

Sangha Newsletter for August through October 2014

In this issue:

  • New Workshop: Mindful Music Listening Sept. 3
  • Peaceful Way Sesshin Aug. 14-17
  • Beginner's Mind Sesshin Sept. 19-21
  • Bodhidharma Sesshin Oct. 9-12
  • New Mindful Eating class begins September 13
  • New Heart of Wisdom class begins October 19

Our next retreat is our Peaceful Way Sesshin, which begins Thursday evening, August 14 and runs through Sunday morning, the 17th.

Quarterly newsletter, May - July

Updated Sangha Newsletter for May through July 2014

In this issue:

  • Maezumi Roshi Memorial Zazenkai May 16-18
  • June 7-Day Sesshin June 8-14
  • Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony June 13
  • Photos from the Buddha's Birthday Celebration in April
  • We celebrate a new birth in the sangha

Our next retreat is our Maezumi Roshi Memorial Zazenkai, which begins Friday evening, May 15 and runs through Sunday morning, the 18th.

Please register for this event by May 11.

Quarterly newsletter, February - April

Sangha Newsletter for February through April 2014

In this issue:

  • Nirvana Day Zazenkai February 7-9
  • Beginner's Mind Retreat March 21-23
  • Buddha's Birthday Celebration April 13
  • GPZC Community Service Volunteer Initiative
  • Sangha member Anneleise Shogaku Vandre featured in local photography show

Our next retreat is our Nirvana Day Zazenkai, which begins Friday evening, Feb. 7 and runs through Sunday morning, the 9th.

Please register for this event by February 2.

Quarterly newsletter, November - January

Sangha Newsletter for November 2013 through January 2014

In this issue:

  • Zazenkai November 15-17
  • Rohatsu Sesshin December 4-8
  • Three-Day Sesshin January 16-19
  • Bearing Witness Retreat in Rwanda April 14-19
  • Roof Replacement Fundraising Drive
  • Our new class "Manifesting the Great Vow" begins November 3 in Palatine, IL and November 9 in Monroe, WI

Our next retreat is our November Zazenkai at Myoshinji, which begins Friday evening, November 15 and runs through Sunday morning, the 17th.

Please register for this event by November 10.

At this time, it has become necessary to launch a fundraising drive to replace the roof on Myoshinji’s main building housing the zendo and living space. Donations can be mailed, dropped off at Myoshinji or at Sunday night zazen in Palatine, or contributed online at our website. Please help us protect our wonderful zendo with a new roof so that we can continue to practice together in the coming years. We are very grateful for your generosity and sincere practice.

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.

Quarterly Newsletter, Nov - Jan

Our November newsletter is now available.

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.