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Date & Time Details: Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 11, 2023

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

Address: Mount Tremper, NY

Contact: ZMM Registrar
(845) 688-2228

Note: If this would be your first sesshin at ZMM, please call the Training Office at 845-688-2228 to arrange for an interview before registering.

Program is fully booked

Touching Liberation Together — Sesshin for Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIAPOC)

with Chimyo Atkinson, Sensei, Degna Chikei Levister and Prabu Gikon Vasan

June 8 - 11, 2023

Program is fully booked

Please join us for the MRO’s first BIAPOC-only sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery. 

In this silent retreat, we hope to create a safe affinity space for members who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIAPOC). New or more experienced BIAPOC practitioners are welcome to join us. Together, we will embrace the liberatory practices of our Buddhist ancestors through sesshin, characterized by silence and deep introspection. We will wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of meditation, chanting services, formal silent meals (oryoki), silent work practice, body practice, and talks by the teacher and senior students.

Please click here to see the sesshin schedule.

Participants will have the option to meet for interview with teachers:
  • Chimyo Sensei
  • Shugen Roshi
  • Hojin Sensei

Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview before you register, so please call or email the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228, or

As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol requirements before registering, and if you have further questions, please contact the registrar.

This retreat is free of charge but any donation helps fund scholarships for future BIAPOC events.

Public transportation is available to the Monastery: please contact Trailways (tel. 1-800-858-8555 for schedule from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC).  See these travel instructions for details.  Upon request, travel expense are available through the MRO DEIJ Fund.



Chimyo Atkinson, Sensei
Rev. Chimyo Simone Atkinson, Sensei was ordained as a priest in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition by Rev. Teijo Munnich in 2007, and received Dharma Transmission in 2015, completing Zuisei in 2016. She received her monastic training at Great Tree Temple in North Carolina, Sotoshu International training periods in Japan, the Aichi Senmon Nisodo in Nagoya (2012), and Ryumonji Monastery in Iowa (2014). She served as Head of Practice at Great Tree Temple until 2020. She served on the board of directors of the SZBA from 2017-2020 and the ASZB from 2019 to the present.
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Degna Chikei Levister
Degna Chikei Levister works as the Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Access Initiatives at the City University of New York School of Law and the Executive Director of the Pipeline to Justice program, which provides access to law school to those historically excluded from the legal profession. Chikei has been a practicing member of the MRO for over twenty-five years. She currently serves as a member of the MRO Ethics Committee, the Sangha Harmony Advisory Council and co-leads the MRO’s Women’s Affinity group. She was a former member of the MRO Board of Directors. She lives on the lower east side of Manhattan.
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Prabu Gikon Vasan
Prabu Gikon Vasan works in the field of public health and serves on the Monastery’s Board of Directors and Ethics Committee. He lives in Kingston.
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