Welcome to Traverse City Meditation


Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group (tcmmg.org) has ended its weekly practice together. However, four-hour open sittings will still be held on the first Sunday of each month, from 2:30-6:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 6726 Center Road, Traverse City.

For information about these sittings, contact Joy Zimke, joy.ziemke@gmail.com.

You can check here in the Weekly Message tab for updates to sitting opportunities in the community.

When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single word, he said, “awareness.” Not awareness of something in particular, but awareness itself–being awake, alert, in touch with what is actually happening. , , , ,It’s about examining and exploring the most basic questions of life. It’s about relying on the immediate experience of this present moment. It’s not about belief, doctrine, formula, or tradition. It’s about freedom of mind.

—-Steve Hagen, Buddhism: Plain and Simple

Two good books for beginning meditators are: Mindfulness In Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana  and Steve Hagen’s Buddhism: Plain and Simple.  If you’re new to the practice, there are a number of good websites to help you: dharma.orgShinzen Young’s YouTube siteAdyashanti’s website, among others.

At Pathways Preschool, corner of Rose and Hannah Streets, there is a sangha that meets from 6:30-8:30 on Thursdays, facilitated by Kozan Karen McLean. This sangha is connected to Sokukoji Buddhist Monastery and Temple in Battle Creek, Kyoun Sokuzan Bob Brown, head teacher. Visit http://sokukojitc.org/ for details.