EAST-WEST PROGRAM

A PATH THAT BRIDGES TWO SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS

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. Hando’s groundbreaking work laid a strong foundation for the continuity of the Program.

EAST-WEST MEDITATION

The East-West Meditation at Mercy Center honors all faith traditions, and encourages all meditative practices that lead to a compassionate heart.

EVENING MEDITATION​

Until Mercy Center reopens, Wednesday evening meditation takes place from 7:00–8:30 p.m. PDT in live Zoom sessions led by Sr. Judy Cannon from the Rose Room zendo.

EAST-WEST
CENTER DAY

Center Day is on hold until Mercy Center reopens.

UPCOMING EAST-WEST PROGRAMS

East-West Meditation Zen Sesshin - November 8-13, 2020
East-West Zen Sesshin - November 13-15, 2020
East West New Year Zen Retreat 2020
East West New Years Silent Retreat - December 29, 2020 - January 1, 2021
Rose Room
  • Silent Meditation Retreat – March/April  2021
  • Spring Zen Sesshin – June 2021
  • Silent Mediation Retreat – August 2021
  • Autumn Zen Sesshin – November 2021
  • Year End Silent Retreat – December 2021

HAIKU POETRY GROUP

The Four Seasons Haiku Kai meets quarterly to share and learn about haiku.

All who are interested in this fun and meditative approach to writing haiku are welcome. No pre-registration required.

The Four Seasons
Haiku Kai

Haiku meetings are on hold during Mercy Center’s temporary closure.

If you would like to share your own haiku on the theme of “Clouds & Sky” with the other haiku group members, send an E-mail to mc@sistersofmercy.org

 

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