An Open Letter To the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo Sangha from James Ford:
I am so pleased to be able to tell you that I've offered both Do-on and Rinsen Denkai Dharma Transmission, and that they have accepted.
In our style this is the first step of formal authorization as an independent Zen teacher within the mythic and historic lineage of Zen Buddhism. With this formal acknowledgement, they will be able to do everything a Zen teacher may with the exception of naming their own Dharma successors. That, too, I am confident will follow in good time. There are preparations to be made, but I expect to officiate at the Denkai ceremony for Rinsen in January of 2014, and with Do-on the following summer, probably July.
Yours in the Dharma,
James Myoun Ford, Roshi.
A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE PRIESTS REV. JAY RINSEN WEIK AND REV. KAREN DO-ON WEIK:
The Temple is situated in the Holland/Springfield area of greater Toledo and brings together people interested in Buddhist practice from all around the greater NW ohio area and beyond. You are always welcome to join in for our family oriented Sunday Morning Service, the Wednesday Evening Service or any of the many classes and workshops that happen here.
Our growing community is made up of a diverse group of people who have perhaps read books about Zen and Buddhist philosophy or tried meditation on their own and then decided to visit and taste for themselves what the cookbook describes. Regular members of the community include area college students and professors, engineers, physicians, homemakers, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, computer geeks, martial artists, yoga practitioners, children and retired folk.
We sincerely hope you will enjoy exploring this website, and find in it a compelling invitation to come and explore this deep Wisdom Tradition for yourself!
- Rev. Rinsen and Rev. Do-on