Grand Rapids

Buddhism in the Heart of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple (GRBT) is an American temple. We emphasize the interdependence and interbeing of all things, the emptiness of all phenomena, the inherent Buddha nature in all beings, and the bodhisattva aspiration. Additionally, we stress inclusiveness and a living experience of the buddhadharma. We strive to bring the buddhadharma to the everyday lives of the Sangha. Our Sangha is primarily made up of folks who have full time jobs and families so we emphasize practical applications of the Buddha’s teaching.

We offer a full array of basic and advanced classes, regular meditation periods, and special services. We also are a social group and meet frequently as a community for potlucks and discussions. We strive to have a warm and welcoming temple where everyone is welcome regardless of spiritual tradition or life style choice. Children are always welcome to our services and we provide children’s activities during our Sunday services September through May.

Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple
451 Division Ave South, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Temple Health Precautions

• Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

• People may choose to mask at any time. 

• Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated.

• Anyone feeling unwell for any reason, even if you’re vaccinated, please stay home to rest and recuperate.

Recommended Preventions:

• If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.

• Get tested if you have symptoms.

Scheduled Events

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Set up temple (All are invited to help.)

9:30 a.m. Morning bell chant

10 a.m. Service begins

11 a.m. Social time
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Follow along using the Rituals and Practices Handbook.

Dharma Talk Audios and Videos

Listen to audio recordings of archived Dharma Talks and Chants. Recordings will be uploaded to our YouTube channel as they become available.

Dharma Discussion Group

9:35 a.m. Meditation

10 -11 ıa.m. Discussion

Meets at the Temple
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Ven. Hung Su will lead the meditation and discussion. We are reading One Dharma by Joseph Goldstein. Visit the Dharma/Sutra Discussion Group for more information.

Radical Dharma Book Club

First Wednesday of each month
7:30 p.m. Meditation begins
7:45 p.m. Discussion begins
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How can we as Buddhist practitioners engage mindfully and compassionately in contemporary justice movements? Rev. Tongjin Su will lead meditation and a discussion of Lama Rod Owens and Rev. angel Kyodo williams’ book Radical Dharma. Email Rev. Tongjin Su for more information and to join the mailing list.

2022 Lojong Celebration Dates

Wednesday, July 13

Thursday, August 11

Saturday, September 3

Sunday’ October 9

Wednesday, November 9

Wednesday, December 7

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Meets in the Temple

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Lojong is a 12th-century Tibetan practice that is Mind Training for Compassion, done on the full moon to embrace new beginnings—the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.

GRBT Board of Director's Meeting

Fourth Sunday of each month

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meet at the Temple

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Buddhist Preceptor Training Begins in September

The Five Buddhist Precepts embody the basic code of ethics undertaken by lay followers of Buddhism. The Precepts are commitments to abstain from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and intoxication.

Through intensive training that focuses on individual reflection, reading, journaling, memorization, and small group discussions, participants will deepen into the gifts of the Precepts, integrating them slowly and intentionally into everyday living. Preceptors will be responsible for cleaning the Temple and attending service every Sunday during training unless making alternate arrangements. The four-month training culminates in a ceremony in early December. Preceptors will begin with a summer reading before the first scheduled meeting.

For more information, please email Jing Su Ryan Duffield.

Recovery Meetings

Buddhist-Based Recovery Meetings

The Buddhist-Based Recovery approach understands that, “All beings have the power and potential to free themselves from suffering.” We practice mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, and equanimity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction caused in our lives, the lives of our loved ones, and all other sentient beings we have impacted.

For more information, please email Kaji Su Shane Wymer.

6:30 p.m. Meditation begins

7 p.m. Meeting begins
Meets at the temple
OR join via Zoom**

7 p.m.
Join via Zoom**

6:30 p.m.
Alano Club,1020 College NE

10 a.m. Meditation begins

10:30 a.m. Meeting begins

Meets at Garfield Park near the Community Center on Madison, south of Burton.**

**Please access Zoom links each week from the the GRBT weekly newsletter.