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A PATH THAT BRIDGES TWO SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS
The East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center was founded by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. During the 30 years he lived and worked in Japan, Fr. Hand led retreats, taught haiku poetry, and studied Zen meditation. His teacher, Yamada Koun Roshi, encouraged Western students to learn Zen as a way of deepening their Judeo-Christian faith. The East-West community honors the traditions of Christian contemplation and Zen meditation. Practicing together leads to a deeper way of seeing Reality and a richer life.
Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R. is a Redemptorist priest and Zen teacher. He has directed the East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center 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.
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 the Wednesday evening meditation and Center Day programs.
Wednesday evening meditation will not meet June 15, 2016, during the Spring Zen sesshin.
Center Day will not meet on Sunday August 7, 2016, the first day of the Summer Retreat.
Wednesday evening meditation will not meet August 10, 2016, during the Summer Retreat.
Spring Zen Sesshin June 12-17 (open for registration)
Summer Silent Retreat August 7-12 (open for registration)
Fall Zen Sesshin November 6-11 (open for registration)
Year-End Silent Retreat Dec 27 - Jan 1 (registration opens Summer 2016)
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!
AUDIO, VIDEO AND ARTICLES
FR. GREGORY MAYERS, C.Ss.R.
FR. THOMAS HAND, S.J.
2016 Center Day Schedule Schedule change: No Center Day on August 7, 2016.
To receive East-West program scheduling updates, contact us.