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Annual Newsletter • January 2017

Buddhist Temple of Toledo opens Seminary 

Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei, Abbot of the Great Heartland Sangha, and Karen Do’on Weik Osho will announce their first-ever class of postulants at Sunday service on March 5. Five postulants will be acknowledged as a part of the Ango Opening Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Buddhist Temple of Toledo (6537 Angola Road Holland, Ohio 43528). 
  
This service will mark the beginning of a public discernment period, whereby each postulant will determine her or his resonance with an ordained, religious life with the Dharma. The discernment period will culminate with a public confirmation ceremony on Sunday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m., at which time they will become novitiates. The next and final step of this process would be ordination as Zen Buddhist Priests. 
  
The students who are part of this inaugural seminary class have received the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts, are formal students of Rinsen Sensei and Do’on Osho and have participated in a minimum of 70 days of Sesshin, an essential part of Zen training that focuses on intensive meditation practice and Koan study. 
  
“There is no requirement nor expectation for anyone; the seminary is now a feature of our Sangha and will be available in the years and decades to come,” explained Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei. “We are pleased to see five of our Sangha members take advantage of this new offering. It’s a boon to our entire community to have this available to each of them as well as to benefit from having their fellow Sangha members complete this process that will deepen their service to our community.”

Annual Newsletter • January 2016

Mountain Seat Ceremony

The Mountain Seat Ceremony, held on April 19, 2015, installed Rinsen Sensei as the Founding Abbot of the Great Heartland Sangha and Buddhist Temple of Toledo. 

Deep bows to the many Sangha Members whose generous donations made this ceremony a success. 

Photos of the event may be found at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shishinlionheart/sets/72157652000359116/

Toledo Buddhist priest moves closer to becoming a Zen Master. Sunday Jan 7, 2014

The Rev. Jay “Rinsen Osho” Weik displays his newly received teaching stick as his wife, the Rev. Karen “Do’on” Weik, looks on. Photo by David Yonke/Toledo Faith & Values

The Rev. Jay “Rinsen Osho” Weik displays his newly received teaching stick as his wife, the Rev. Karen “Do’on” Weik, looks on. Photo by David Yonke/Toledo Faith & Values

This story was also picked up by the Toledo Free Press!  VIEW IT HERE.

Featured in Zen in America Documentary Trailer. August 2013.

Featured in Zen in America Documentary Trailer. August 2013.


Zen Arts Ensemble set to perform free concert. Saturday, 2/16/2013

The Zen Arts Ensemble provides “an experience that is part avant-garde performance and part creative meditation,”

The Zen Arts Ensemble provides “an experience that is part avant-garde performance and part creative meditation,”


Local Buddhists give intro lesson into practices at Great Heartland Buddhist Temple. Sunday, 2/3/2013

The Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik, center, discusses the precepts of Buddhism during an “Intro to Zen Buddhist Practice” at the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple in Holland. About 20 people turned out for the full-day immersion in Zen teaching. Next to him is Winifred Shokai Martin.
THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

The Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik, center, discusses the precepts of Buddhism during an “Intro to Zen Buddhist Practice” at the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple in Holland. About 20 people turned out for the full-day immersion in Zen teaching. Next to him is Winifred Shokai Martin. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH


Toledo City Paper, Oct 2012

Zen Arts Ensemble
EVENT DATE/TIME

Oct 14, 2012
3:00 pm until 5:00 pm



Renaming event set for Zen Center Buddhist Temple of Toledo label to clarify purpose of site, leader says BY DAVID YONKE BLADE RELIGION EDITOR. Saturday, 4/21/2012

Jay 'Rinsen' Weik leads a service at the Toledo Zen Center in Holland. The center is changing its name to better reflect its growth as a spiritual home for Buddhism as well as to address confusion about what Zen is. 
THE BLADE/LORI KING

Jay 'Rinsen' Weik leads a service at the Toledo Zen Center in Holland. The center is changing its name to better reflect its growth as a spiritual home for Buddhism as well as to address confusion about what Zen is. THE BLADE/LORI KING


Toledo City Paper MAY-ISSUE-2 2012

Now And Zen

Buddhist Temple of Toledo dedicated and renamed


2012 Summer houses of worship tour. 6/23/2012

The Buddhist Temple of Toledo, 6537 Angola Rd.which will be part of the 2012 Toledo Area Ministries Summer Houses of Worship Tour starting June 26 and continuing each Tuesday through Aug. 14. 
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT

The Buddhist Temple of Toledo, 6537 Angola Rd.which will be part of the 2012 Toledo Area Ministries Summer Houses of Worship Tour starting June 26 and continuing each Tuesday through Aug. 14. THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT


U.S. Buddhism at generational crossroads. 7/17/2011

Rev. Karen Do-on Weik and her husband Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik with their daughter, Isabella Weik, 11, at the Toledo Zen Center in Holland, Ohio. Their center has created a Sunday school and other programs to be especially welcoming to families.

Rev. Karen Do-on Weik and her husband Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik with their daughter, Isabella Weik, 11, at the Toledo Zen Center in Holland, Ohio. Their center has created a Sunday school and other programs to be especially welcoming to families.


Toledo Free Press. Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Toledo Free Press. Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Toledo’s Culture of Today Written by Stacy Jurich

“The University of Toledo recognizes that the hoped-for economic recovery of the area has to do with not only renewable and green sources for business, but also in helping to create a culturally creative city — one where young, educated people will want to live,” Weik said.

Cooking down the middle path. Wednesday, 11/10/2010

Bestselling cookbook author and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown.
NOT BLADE PHOTO

Bestselling cookbook author and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown. NOT BLADE PHOTO


11/5/2010 10:16 PM
Author, chef, Zen priest to lead cooking seminars
The Toledo Zen Center is bringing in author, chef, and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown to speak and lead workshops on “How To Cook Your Life” Friday through Nov. 14.

Tales heal soul, storyteller says. 9/10/2010

"Stories in words are among our oldest, most powerful, most mysterious tools. Through mere sounds in the air or squiggles on a page, they give us what no other technology can give us - ourselves.

- Rafe Martin, storyteller

"Stories in words are among our oldest, most powerful, most mysterious tools. Through mere sounds in the air or squiggles on a page, they give us what no other technology can give us - ourselves.

  • Rafe Martin, storyteller

Couple ordained as Zen priests. Saturday, 3/6/2010

Sensei Melissa ‘Myozen' Blacker, center, ordains Karen ‘Do'on' Weik, left, and Jay ‘Rinsen' Weik, right, during a Zen Buddhism ceremony at Lourdes College on Sunday. Seventeen of the Weiks' students received the Zen precepts in a Jukai ceremony.

Sensei Melissa ‘Myozen' Blacker, center, ordains Karen ‘Do'on' Weik, left, and Jay ‘Rinsen' Weik, right, during a Zen Buddhism ceremony at Lourdes College on Sunday. Seventeen of the Weiks' students received the Zen precepts in a Jukai ceremony.


Summer series links Zen and creativity. Saturday, 7/18/2009

There's a strong connection between creativity and Zen meditation, he said, which will be explored in "The Artless Arts of Zen: A Summer Workshop Series," starting this weekend at the Toledo Zen Center

There's a strong connection between creativity and Zen meditation, he said, which will be explored in "The Artless Arts of Zen: A Summer Workshop Series," starting this weekend at the Toledo Zen Center


7/11/2009 6:39 AM
Toledo Zen Center has summer workshops
The Toledo Zen Center will host the first of a series of summer workshops on Friday when Jay Rinsen Weik and Karen Do on Weik give a lecture on The Artless Arts of Zen: An Introductory Talk. 

5/23/2009 5:55 AM
Buddhist teacher plans talk on Bodhisattva Life 
Buddhist teacher Jay Rinsen Weik will lead a workshop titled Living the Bodhisattva Life: Transforming Anger, Awakening Patience, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Toledo Zen Center,

5/9/2009 6:12 AM
Healing Arts expo slated at Unity Church
Speakers, exhibitors, and practitioners will be featured at a Healing Arts and Spiritual Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at Unity of Toledo

3/29/2009 1:50 PM
Experts say nation could use a stimulus of happiness
BY ROBERTA DE BOER
BLADE COLUMNIST
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. - Aristotle Job losses. Plant closings. Home foreclosures. Bankruptcies. Bailouts. Industries teetering.

6/21/2008 5:50 AM
Panel: Prayer should unify, not divide
BY DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. " - First Amendment to the Constitution In an increasingly diverse culture, how can

Couple brings Zen enlightenment to Toledo. Saturday, 10/27/2007

Jay Chikyo Weik leads a meditation class at the Toledo Zen Center on Angola Road

Jay Chikyo Weik leads a meditation class at the Toledo Zen Center on Angola Road


Bamboo flute concert set in Holland. Thursday, 8/25/2005

The arts of combat and music seem strange bedfellows, but in Japan the practices draw in part from the same source, Zen Buddhism.

The arts of combat and music seem strange bedfellows, but in Japan the practices draw in part from the same source, Zen Buddhism.


7/23/2004 5:59 AM
Japanese archery teachings offered
Instruction in Kyudo, or Japanese archery, takes place tonight through Sunday at Shobu Aikido of Ohio in Holland. Kyudo (pronounced Que-Dough), also known as the way of the bow, is one of Japan's

Buddhism topic of talks, workshop. Saturday, 9/13/2003

The Toledo Zen Meditation Group meets at Shobu Aikido.
KLINE

The Toledo Zen Meditation Group meets at Shobu Aikido. KLINE