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A PATH THAT BRIDGES TWO SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS

 

 

 

RESIDENT TEACHER

Father Greg Mayers

Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist priest and Zen teacher, has been director of Mercy Center's East-West Meditation program since 2005. Fr. Greg began Zen koan studies in the late 1970s, and is an Associate Roshi of the Sanbô-Zen Society, Kamakura, Japan.

In 2010, he received full transmission as an Authentic Zen Master with the honorific title of Roshi from his teacher, Willigis Jaeger, founder of the Empty Cloud Zen Lineage in Germany.

Fr. Greg has taught Zen and Christian Mystical prayer in retreats around the United States. He is the award-winning author of Listen to the Desert: The Secrets of Spiritual Maturity in the Desert Fathers and Mothers.

listen to Fr. Greg Mayers talks | watch Fr. Greg Mayers videos

 

 

SCHEDULE UPDATES

 

Mark your calendars

Wednesday Evening group is canceled February 13, 2019, due to the rainstorm.

In 2019, Wednesday evening meditation will not meet:

January 2, April 17, June 12, June 19, August 7, November 13, and December 25.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to print Retreat, Center Day and Evening Meditation schedules.

To receive East-West program scheduling updates, contact us.

 

 

MEDITATION PROGRAM

On Wednesday evenings from 7:00–9:00 pm, Fr. Greg leads the community in sitting meditation, offering visitors and long-time meditators a welcoming space in which to explore the spiritual path. The community also gathers for Center Day, 4 hours of sitting and walking meditation, interviews with Fr. Greg, Eucharist and brown-bag lunch from home. A $10 offering is requested to support Wednesday evening meditation, and a $20 offering for the Center Day program. Printable program schedules are linked below.

 

PROGRAM HISTORY

Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. ("Hando") founded the East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center in 1985, after having lived nearly 30 years in Japan. During his time in Japan, Fr. Hand taught haiku poetry, and studied Zen meditation with Yamada Koun Rosh, who encouraged Western students to learn Zen as a way of deepening their Judeo-Christian faith. The East-West program honors both traditions, and encourages meditative practices that lead to a deeper experience of Reality.

hando audio library | videos about hando | the hando letters

 

 

RETREATS 2019

 

Spring Meditation Intensive April 14-19 learn more/register
Spring Zen Sesshin June 9-14 learn more/register
Summer Silent Retreat August 4-9 learn more/register
Fall Zen Sesshin November 10-15 registration opens Summer 2019
Year-End Silent Retreat Dec 27-Jan 1 registration opens Summer 2019

 

 

 

HAIKU POETRY GROUP

The Four Seasons Haiku Kai meets four times each year at Mercy Center Burlingame to share and learn about haiku poetry. All who are interested in this fun and meditative approach to writing haiku are welcome. No pre-registration is needed, just come to the meeting.

Next meeting: Saturday, February 2, 2019. Please check in at the front desk.

learn more

 

 

AUDIO, VIDEO AND ARTICLES

 

FR. GREGORY MAYERS, C.Ss.R.

 

short videos sesshin and retreat audio  | read/listen to what is kensho?

 

FR. THOMAS HAND, S.J.

 

hando letters  | audio library | videos | read crossing over together

 

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULES

 

2019

 

Programs & Retreats

Center Day Schedule

Wed Evening Meditation