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Day of Mindfulness (in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh)
Date: Saturday, April 13, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Court, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

“The Importance of Spiritual Friendship in the Buddhist Tradition”

Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about mindfulness and deep listening as vital components in peace and social justice work.

Jack was is ordained in 1992 and given the name True Direction; he is one of only a few Dharma Teachers that represent Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to facilitating Lakeside Buddha Sangha in the Chicago area, has led numerous retreats and Days of Mindfulness in the Midwest and northern Rocky Mountain States. He has been married for over thirty-five years , has two adult children and several grandchildren.

Jack has a warm personal style and the ability to bring humor and fun to the teachings. He also has a gentle approach, such as inviting practitioners to adjust their posture if they become uncomfortable while sitting in meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition with such a skillful teacher.

A vegetarian lunch will be served. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided. Bring your own sitting gear if you have it; there will be some cushions, benches and many chairs available.

Space may be limited, please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or erickorsedal@gmail.com to register or for more information.


  1. Good morning Eric, I would like to get some information regarding Jack Lawlor’s visit. After revisiting the precepts I feel I am ready to make my (best effort) commitment to them and would like to do so at the Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor. Should I write to him, email, what do I ask? Thanks, Ruth

    — Ruth · Mar 15, 09:59 AM · #