Classes & Retreats - Winter/Spring 2018

Cultivating Metta (Loving-Kindness) on the Cushion & in Daily Life  

Participants will experience a thirty-minute Metta meditation, followed by an exploration of each of the sequential components of this practice (cultivating loving kindness for ourselves, for those we love, for those with whom we experience challenges, for all people, for all living beings/planet earth).  Over the course of the two classes, instruction will be offered on how to build and integrate a Metta meditation into one’s own practice, as well as how to translate the insights from this practice off the cushion and into everyday life. 

Dates:  Tuesday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 13 from 7-9PM.  

Facilitator: Rev. Ai Su

Registration Fee:  $50  

Pre-registration required by contacting Ai Su at or 269.929.6894


Exploring Truth - Women’s Spiritual Wellness Group

This discussion group will be a consolidation of immediately applicable ideas from Buddhism, neuroscience and western psychotherapy. These ideas can intersect to support us in increasing resiliency and in developing our capacity to meet life’s everyday challenges. All discussions will promote tolerance, responsibility and interfaith understanding. Topics may include: differences between Eastern and Western spirituality; research behind mindfulness meditation; practical strategies of Buddhist principles; brain chemistry and spiritual experience; Worry and rumination; happiness and the mind. Materials for discussion by Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mark Nepo and others will be provided. All Exploring Truth group participants, past and present, will be invited to spiritually-themed film events and discussions, held throughout the year.

Week 1        Waking up/Contemplative living

Week 2        Suffering/Rumination and self-talk

Week 3        Compassion/Forgiveness

Week 4        The art of stillness/Achieving equanimity

Week 5        Neurotheology/Faith and the brain

Week 6        Resiliency/Life as practice

All materials are provided and include articles from various sources, videos, podcasts and films. Women of all faiths and beliefs are invited to participate. Group size limited to eight women, so register early.

Dates: Six Sundays from 1:30 – 3:30PM starting on March 18 and ending on April 29th (no meeting on April 1)

Facilitator:  Susan Massaro McFarland

Registration Fee: $60 (all proceeds donated to the Temple)

Pre-registration required by contacting Susan at or by visiting


The Gift of Meditation

This class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.  The class will focus on the reasons, methods, and benefits of a consistent meditation practice.  From sitting in your car, to sitting in traffic, to walking in the city or on the beach, meditation is available to us at all times and in many ways.  Handouts will be provided at the first class. 

Dates: Tuesday March 20 and Tuesday March 27 from 7 – 9 PM

Facilitator: Venerable Ahm Koh Su

Registration Fee: $50

To pre-register call or email Ahm Koh at or 616.437. 2310


Fundamentals of Buddhism

This is a class for those new to Buddhism and who want to learn something of the basic principles and practices.  Participants will learn about the Three Marks of the Dharma, The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, and the Four Immeasurables, as well as some of the basic protocols of temple practice. In addition, some very basic meditation instruction will be given. 

Date: Friday, March 23 from 7-9PM

Facilitator: Venerable Hung Su

Suggested Donation (not a fee): $25

Pre-Registration required by emailing Hung Su at:


Creating a Mandala through Exploration of Sacred Geometry

This class, part learning and part experiential, will focus on an exploration of sacred geometry in different religious traditions, including Buddhism.  While we will look at a variety of shapes utilized throughout the ages as an expression of sacredness and meaning, this class will focus primarily on the circle.  Participants will have an opportunity to create their own mandala during this session.  No art experience required.  If you have a preferred art medium or drawing paper/journal, please bring these items to the class (no paints or watercolors, please).  Otherwise, all materials will be provided.

Dates:  Saturday, April 7 from 9AM – 1PM 

Fee: $50

Facilitator: Rev. Ai Su

Pre-registration required by emailing or calling Ai Su at or 269.929.6894


Meditation in the Body

Body meditation mornings include three periods of different body-based awareness and meditation practices.  Feel free to come to one or come to all three (but please be on time for the start of each hourly session). 

Date:  Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00 AM – 12PM

Times:  9:00-9:45 am; 10:00-10:45 am; 11:00-11:45 am

Facilitator: Rev. Lianghua Su

Suggested Donation $7/session

Pre-registration not required, but please contact Rev. Lianghua Su at or 616.308.8023 if questions.


Art Practice: Creative Feedback Session

How do we look without preconceptions, and without judgment?  How can we use art to deepen our Buddhist practice?  This morning session is a meditation in looking.  Participants are invited to bring one or more pieces of their own art work (optional).  Past participants of the Oxbow Dharma Art retreat are invited to bring anything they have made since the retreat.  This session will also provide the foundation for future sessions of those who would like to develop their own art practice in relation to their Buddhist practice.  This session is open and supportive to the experienced artist and novice alike.   Note that this creative feedback session will be held in an art studio and not at the temple.

Dates:  Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:00-am 12:00 pm,

Location: Studio 342, 1111 Godfrey, Grand Rapids, MI

Facilitator: Rev, Lianghua Su

For Directions contact Lianghua Su or  616.308.8023.

Suggested Donation $5