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FR. GREG MAYERS: AN APPRECIATION

 

In August of this year, Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R, director of the Mercy Center East-West Meditation program, will relocate from Burlingame, California to a Redemptorist residence near St. Louis, Missouri.

 

When Fr. Greg came to Mercy Center in 2005, the East-West program, founded by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J., had been in existence for more than 20 years. Fr. Greg's willingness to take on the responsibilities of program director and resident teacher at that critical time allowed the program to continue and flourish. Under his leadership, the program accomplished transformative work in the lives of retreat participants, Center Day attendees, Wednesday evening meditators, and the staff and Sisters at Mercy Center. Those who have attended his retreats and shared community supper with him know his honesty and self-deprecating humor, boundless intellectual curiosity, and personal faith.

 

The Great Heart Sutra recited at Zen meditation speaks of "no attainment", a concept not easily grasped by the discursive mind. In our friend and teacher Fr.Greg's life, the outward attainments—professional degrees, academic posts, responsible appointments in the Redemptorist order, an award-winning book—were accompanied by the inner work of spiritual direction, Progoff Intensive Journaling, leading contemplative retreats, and Zen meditation practice and study.

 

In the midst of a busy working life, Fr. Greg began Zen studies with Willigis Jäger, O.S.B., who made Fr. Greg a Zen Teacher in 1991. In 1997, he was made an Assistant Zen Teacher by Roshi Akira Kubota, and in 2008 a Zen teacher in the Sanbô Kyôdan Zen tradition by Ryôun Yamada Roshi. In 2010, he was made a Zen Master in the Empty Cloud Zen lineage by Willigis Jäger, and in 2011 he was made an Associate Zen Master in the Sanbô Kyôdan Zen Tradition by Ryôun Yamada Roshi.

 

People of all faith traditions who seek to deepen their experience of God through the practice of Zen meditation have found a place of welcome at Mercy Center, in no small part because of Fr. Greg's personal commitment.

 

We bow to express profound gratitude for his presence at the center of our community.

 

EMERITUS 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 meditation will not meet:

June 19, August 7, November 13, and December 25.

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

 

 

RETREATS IN 2019

 

At the June 2019 Zen sesshin, Fr. Greg announced that three of his senior zen students have received transmission as authentic zen masters: Nona Strong, Tony Tackitt and Alice Cabotaje. Nona will lead the August silent retreat, Tony will lead the November zen sesshin and Alice will lead the December year-end silent retreat.

 

Summer Silent Retreat led by Nona Strong August 4-9 registration now open
Fall Zen Sesshin led by Tony Tackitt November 10-15 registration opens Summer 2019
Year-End Retreat led by Alice Cabotaje December 27-Jan 1 registration opens Summer 2019

 

 

 

MEDITATION PROGRAM

Wednesday evenings 7:00–9:00 pm, we meet for sitting meditation in the Rose Room. New visitors and experienced meditators are welcome to explore the spiritual path in silent group meditation.

Beginning in June 26, 2019, Wednesday evening sitting meditation will be led by Sr. Judy Cannon with the assistance of members of the East-West Meditation community.

Beginning Sunday July 7, 2019, Center Day will be led by Margaret Gainer. Further information about the Center Day program will be announced and posted on this page soon.

 

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

 

 

HAIKU POETRY GROUP

The Four Seasons Haiku Kai meets quarterly at Mercy Center Burlingame to share and learn about haiku. All who are interested in this fun and meditative approach to writing haiku are welcome. No pre-registration, just come to the front desk and you'll be directed to the meeting room.

Next meeting: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Please check in at the front desk.

learn more about haiku meetings

 

 

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

Printable program schedules will be updated and posted soon.