There are many ways to get involved and deepen your practice with the Still Point through our variety of ongoing programs:
In addition to retreats, Still Point offers classes in Zen meditation, Buddhist teachings and history, Zen arts, and mindfulness in daily life. With the exception of the meditation class, which is offered twice a year, classes and seminars are constantly changing, with unique offerings every year. Our Events Calendar includes our upcoming classes. For more information and detailed class descriptions, see our Classes page.
Grounded in daily, traditional Zen practices and compassionate activity as form and function of our everyday lives, Still Point’s One Sangha Training Program is a three-, six-, or nine-month intensive practice program for anyone wishing to deepen her or his spiritual practice right inside the ten thousand joys and sorrows of our often wonderfully chaotic lives.
In 2014, Still Point is very happy to partner the Ruth Ellis Center, a Highland Park-based organization that provides “short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth.” Check out our Outreach page for more information.
Refuge Recovery is a program of recovery from all types of addiction and the suffering caused by addiction. It uses Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path as its main inspiration and guiding philosophy. These meetings are based on the book, “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Addiction Recovery” by Noah Levine. Check out our Refuge Recovery page for more information.
A monthly class for families and children of all ages that features meditation, chanting, stories, activities, and other practices with a focus on themes and teachings from the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
The Still Point Interfaith Council of Engagement (SPICE) was formed to share our Dharma and presence with the Southeast Michigan neighborhood. For several years, our Dharma Teachers have been making presentations and participating in the burgeoning Detroit Metro Interfaith movement. SPICE grew out of this effort. All who are interested in taking our Dharma to the street are invited to sign on.
We aim to:
–Share our practice at events, conferences, schools, and religious institutions.
–Join in community-wide interfaith service projects
–Offer field trips and seminars to Still Pointers who wish to learn more about the spiritualities of our neighbors
–Open-mindedly bear witness and heal.
For more information, see our SPICE page.
The seminary is a three-year training program of practice, study and service for those interested in becoming Dharma teachers.
Still Point encourages local Detroiters to attend the retreats, and accepts those outside Metro Detroit seeking to deepen their practice. For more information on the Saturday morning, Family, and Longer retreats, please see the Retreats page.