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EAST-WEST MEDITATION

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A PATH THAT BRIDGES TWO SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS

 

IMPORTANT NEWS

 

Fr. Greg Roshi is making an excellent recovery, and hopes to resume teaching/dokusan on Wednesday evenings and retreats, soon. He sends thanks for all your supportive messages and good wishes.

 

Meditation group will continue meeting every Wednesday evening in the Rose Room from 7:00 – 9:00 pm (community dinner at 6:00 pm in the Birch Room). Members of the East-West community will manage the meditation practice, and recorded talks from Fr. Greg’s retreats and sesshins will be available as part of the evening’s schedule..

 

 

SCHEDULE UPDATES

Center Day, Sunday October 7, 2018, is cancelled.

Wednesday evening meditation will continue to meet as usual in the Rose Room 7-9 pm.

To receive East-West program and Wednesday evening meditation updates, contact us.

 

 

RESIDENT TEACHER

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

Listen to Hando talks

Watch Hando videos

Read Hando letters

 

 

RETREATS 2018

 

E-W Fall Zen Sesshin November 4-9 learn more/register
E-W Year-End Retreat Dec 27-Jan 1 learn more/register

 

 

HAIKU POETRY GROUP

The Four Seasons Haiku Kai meets four times each year to share and learn about haiku poetry.

All who are interested in this fun and meditative approach to writing poetry are welcome!

Visit the Haiku Kai page

 

 

AUDIO, VIDEO AND ARTICLES

 

FR. GREGORY MAYERS, C.Ss.R.

Fr. Greg Videos Fr. Greg Spiritual Talks  | Read What is Kensho? 

 

 

FR. THOMAS HAND, S.J.

Hando Letters  | Audio Library | Videos | Crossing Over Together

 

 

PRINTABLE SCHEDULES

 

2018

Programs & Retreats

Center Day Schedule

Wed Evening Meditation

 

 

UPDATES

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