Fall 2014 Ango
 "The Eight Awakenings
of Great Beings"

Ango is a time of increased focus on our vow to fully Awaken for the sake of all beings.  Intensification of our zazen, Buddhist practice and participation in the life of the sangha has its roots in the earliest gatherings of the Buddha's disciples. During the rainy seasons in India some 2,600 years ago, mendicant followers of the Buddha would seek shelter in caves for 90 days, and there they would practice and study together with their teacher.  Along with Zen communities across the world we continue a modern incarnation of this ancient tradition at GHBTT.

Ango includes our daily practice at home and in our daily lives as well as formal training at the Temple and retreat.

Please look over the expanded offerings of the Temple during Ango and consider joining in for as many of the opportunities available as possible to intensify and strengthen your practice.  

Ango is a time of making conscious choices concerning all the various aspects of your life so that you may more easily engage and deepen your spiritual practice. Once you have completed working out the details of your training during the Ango, it is then important to commit yourself to it. The Ango registration form will help to guide and focus your practice.


Click the pic above to hear James Myo'un Ford Roshi, Melissa Myozen Blacker Roshi and David Dae On Rynick Roshi explain the meaning of Denkai at Rinsen's Celebration.


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The Temple is situated in the Holland/Springfield area of greater Toledo and brings together people interested in Buddhist practice from all around the greater NW ohio area and beyond. You are always welcome to join in for our family oriented Sunday Morning Service, the Wednesday Evening Service or any of the many classes and workshops that happen here.

Our growing community is made up of a diverse group of people who have perhaps read books about Zen and Buddhist philosophy or tried meditation on their own and then decided to visit and taste for themselves what the cookbook describes. Regular members of the community include area college students and professors, engineers, physicians, homemakers, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, computer geeks, martial artists, yoga practitioners, children and retired folk.

We sincerely hope you will enjoy exploring this website, and find in it a compelling invitation to come and explore this deep Wisdom Tradition for yourself!

- Rev. Rinsen and Rev. Do-on