What we're about
Why we practice together as a Sangha (Community)
Alone we are vulnerable, but with brothers and sisters to work with, we can support each other. We cannot go to the ocean as a drop of water—we would evaporate before reaching our destination. But if we become a river, if we go as a Sangha, we are sure to arrive at the ocean…
You need a Sangha; you need a brother or sister, or friend to remind you what you already know. The Dharma is in you, but it needs to be watered in order to manifest and become a reality.
A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence, and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society.
Wednesday Mindfulness Circle
We meet to practice sitting and walking meditation in the tradition of Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. We also will enjoy a brief reading, and use it as a springboard to discuss the joys and challenges of practicing mindfulness and being truly present in our daily lives. We are part of Withered Tree Sangha –which is comprised of practitioners from many traditions, but on Wednesdays we focus on the teachings and tradition of one specific teacher.
Who We Are
Withered Tree is a non-sectarian group of Buddhist practitioners and others interested in mindfulness meditation. We began over a decade ago as a group of friends who started meeting to practice meditation, share our experiences on the path and support each others’ practices. Many faces have come and gone over the years, and each is important to us all. Everyone is welcome!
Withered Tree seeks to embody the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha by providing space for the West Michigan community to practice meditation, receive instruction, and engage in discussion about mindfulness and awareness in contemporary life.