MRO Affiliate Groups

Affiliate Groups in the Mountains and Rivers Order give practitioners who live near one another an opportunity to come together for zazen as well as for periodic retreats and intensives with visiting MRO teachers and senior students. Sitting with an affiliate group offers an excellent introduction to Zen practice and provides a supportive environment in which to develop one’s zazen and connect with the MRO sangha, dharma holders and teachers.

Spiritual direction and leadership for these affiliate groups is provided by Shugen Arnold, Roshi. In addition, teachers Hojin Kimmel and Hogen Green work actively with the affiliates on an ongoing basis to ensure that the training and practice within these groups is fresh, alive, and in accord with the teachings of the MRO.

Affiliate groups offer beginning instruction in zazen. Please contact the group directly for information on the schedule and meeting location.

Zen Institute of New Zealand

Buffalo Zen Dharma Community

ZMM Affiliates

The following groups offer regular opportunities for zazen but are not formally affiliated with the MRO.

Rotorua, New Zealand — Geoff Gensei Moore, MRO  021 23 846 18

Augusta, ME Christopher Shosen York, MRO  (207) 622-9433

Wayne, PA — Joe Kenshu Mieloch, MRO  (610) 933-0594

Springfield, VT — Bettina Krampetz  (802) 464-2006

Whitesburg, GA — Sybil Seisui Thomas (770) 834-9615

Harvard, MA — Linda Shinji Hoffman, MRO (978) 660-0363

Victoria, BC — Ted Mousseau, MRO (250) 634-3572  or

Rutland, VT — Jennifer Seiren Sanford  (802) 353-5585

Prison Affiliates
—The National Buddhist Prison Sangha corresponds with incarcerated practitioners across the country. NBPS also leads programs, or has done so, at the following New York State prisons: Green Haven Correctional Facility, Great Meadow Correctional Facility, Woodbourne Correctional Facility, Shawangunk Correctional Facility, Wende Correctional Facility. Visit the NBPS web page to learn more.