See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Collected mind 

As the various branches of American Buddhism continue to flower, the idea of a greater Buddhist community in the United States is increasingly in the air. As a way of celebrating the practice of mindfulness in everyday life and furthering a sense of collective awareness, Tricycle, the independent Buddhist review, has sponsored a national “Change Your Mind Day” for the past seven years. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 2, in 20 cities from Anchorage to New York, Ann Arbor to Pasadena, and represents a moment when the numerous dharma streams flow as one.

“You don’t have to be a Buddhist to share in the afternoon. As when Buddha taught, sitting under a tree in a forest grove, everyone is welcome,” says national coordinator Rande Brown. “Because the teachings and meditation focus on awareness and compassion, they can be appreciated by anyone wanting more spiritual understanding.”

In Ann Arbor, the meditation, inspirational talks, music and poetry take place at the West Park band shell, 215 Chapin St. (West Park is between North 7th and Chapin, and Huron and Miller, a few blocks west of Main St.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participating local Buddhist centers include Jewel Heart Center for Tibetan Buddhism and Culture, Karma Thegsum Choling Center, Flaming Jewel Dharma Center, Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple, Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple and Deep Spring Center, among others.

It’s free of charge and open to everyone (kids too) — so bring blankets and picnic lunches. For more information, call 734-994-3387 or visit www.jewelheart.org and www.tricycle.com.

The Hot & the Bothered was written and edited by George Tysh. E-mail him at gtysh@metrotimes.com.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit