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A PATH THAT BRIDGES TWO SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS
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.
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 a $20 offering for the Center Day program.
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.
Very important updates. Please read.
Long-needed repair work on the elevator necessitates several changes to the East-West program schedule. Elevator service will be out of operation December 12 to January 6. Please note the following information in your calendars:
Cancellations in December 2016
• Center Day December 4 is canceled
• The Dec 27-Jan 1 retreat is canceled
Wednesday Eve Meditation Updates
November 30 Fr. Greg Roshi will sit with the group
December 7 Group sits in community without Fr. Greg
December 14 Group sits in community without Fr. Greg
December 21 Fr. Greg Roshi will sit with the group
December 28 No meditation meeting
Wednesday evening meditation resumes with Fr. Greg on January 4, 2017.
Because the elevator to the ground floor will be out of operation from December 12 to January 6, if you wish to sit on Wednesday December 14 and 21, enter the building either at the rear ground floor entrance (someone from the East-West group will let you in) or through the main entryway of Mercy Center. You'll be directed to the stairs on the east side of the building to walk down to the ground floor. We appreciate your support and patience as we improve our safety and services.
To receive East-West program schedule updates, contact us.
Spring Zen Sesshin June 11-16 (registration opens in early 2017)
Summer Silent Retreat August 6-11 (registration opens in early 2017)
Fall Zen Sesshin November TBD (registration opens in Summer 2017)
Year-End Silent Retreat Dec 27 - Jan 1 (registration opens in Summer 2017)
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.
To receive East-West program scheduling updates, contact us.