Buddhist Studies Retreats

At Zen Mountain Monastery

A BIPOC Conversation

with Larry Yang

May 12, 2021
We invite you to an evening of open dialogue with Larry Yang that will center the needs, experiences, and aspirations of those in the Mountain and Rivers Order who live outside of whiteness. We invite you if you are Black, if you are Indigenous, if you are Asian, if you are Latinx,  if you claim any identity that is marginalized by the embodied white supremacy that is present in most of the institutions and communities we are part of—including within our sangha. […]


with Mark Sando Mininberg

May 13, 2021
The word “livelihood” usually refers simply to how we earn our money. But in Zen our livelihood is how we work with the dharma—and how it’s working through each of us—in every moment of our lives. An aspect of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, Right Livelihood is integral to the practice of liberation from suffering. […]

Ango Intensive: At Ease Within Non-Perfection—Teachings of the “Faith Mind” Poem

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

May 14 - 15, 2021
The Faith in Mind (Hsin-hsin-ming) attributed to the 6th century Chan Master Jianzhi Sengcan, is one of the most enduring teachings in the literature of Zen Buddhism. Known for its beauty and insight it has been a favored teaching by many of the great past Zen Masters. The poem can be studied and engaged both on the level of practice instruction as well as direct pointing to the essential nature of reality[…]

Yogacara: Integrating Healing and Liberation

with Ben Connelly

June 10, 2021
How can we heal ourselves and our communities? How does our personal conduct, wellness, suffering, and trauma, relate to interpersonal and transpersonal systems? How can we give our lives to universal liberation without sacrificing our own well-being? These are the questions at the heart of Yogacara Buddhism, which brings Early Buddhist and Mahayana practice into […]

Queering Buddhist Traditions

with Bee Scherer

June 12, 2021
When we look at Buddhist practice and communities from the perspective of the marginalized, what we see and hear is that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex, queer/querying (and more) people often encounter specific barriers, and at times outright hostility, when practicing Buddhism. This seminar will be an exploration of where this marginalization stems from, which […]