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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.
In 2005, the community welcomed a new resident teacher, Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist priest. Fr. Greg began Zen koan studies in the late 1970s and completed them in 1996. He is an Associate Roshi of the Sanbô-Kyôdan Religious Foundation in Kamakura, Japan. He was given the teaching name of Ryûun-ken (Flowing Cloud) by Yamada Ryôun Roshi, the 4th Abbot of Sanbô-Kyôdan.
On November 11, 2010 Fr. Greg 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 at Benediktushof, Holtzkirchen, Germany. He is the 46th successor to Master Lin Chin and has been teaching both Zen and Christian Mystical prayer in retreats around the United States. Fr. Greg is the author of Listen to the Desert: The Secrets of Spiritual Maturity in the Desert Fathers and Mothers. He directs the East-West Meditation Program at Mercy Center and is its resident teacher.
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.
There will be no evening meditation meeting on Wednesday June 17, during Fr. Greg's zen sesshin.
Spring Zen Sesshin June 14-19 (registration closed)
Summer Silent Retreat Aug 16-21 (now open for registration)
Fall Zen Sesshin November 1-6 (now open for registration)
Year-End Silent Retreat Dec 27 - Jan 1, 2016 (now open for registration)
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.
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