Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

  • $250.00 – Program Price
  • $225.00 – *Practicing Member
  • $200.00 – **MRO Student

Date & Time Details: Friday August 30th - Sunday September 1st, 2024

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

Address: Mount Tremper, NY

Contact: ZMM Registrar
registrar@dharma.net
(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.

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Weekend Sesshin- Fall Ango Opening

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Shoan Ankele, Osho and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

August 30 - September 1, 2024

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. If you have questions about this process, please call or email the Training Office at (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net.

Sign up for a pre-sesshin interview here.

If registration is full, please Join the Registration Pool

Because there are a limited number of spots, and to ensure equitable access to sesshin, please sign up for only 1 or 2 sesshins per quarter.

If registration is full, and you do not need an interview (as a first-time participant), please Join the Registration Pool

Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the teacher and senior students. Sesshin is an opportunity to receive personal guidance in private interviews with the teacher, draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us.

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.

Please review our Coming to a Retreat webpage for more information and FAQ.

Public transportation is available to the Monastery. See these travel instructions for details. 

Financial concerns should not prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, you can see these options.

Note: Hojin Sensei will lead Ango Opening at Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, in Brooklyn on Sunday morning.

 

Teachers

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. Shugen entered full-time residential training in 1986 after studying mathematics and receiving a degree in classical music. He received dharma transmission from John Daido Loori, Roshi in 1997. His teachings on Zen, social justice and environmental stewardship have appeared in various Buddhist journals, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 (Shambhala Publications). His book of poetry, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.
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Shoan Ankele, Osho
Danica Shoan Ankele is a Priest and Senior Monastic in the Mountains and Rivers Order. A native of New York City, she first came to the Monastery as a sophomore in college and has been in full time residential training since 2007. She became a senior student in 2009 and took full monastic ordination with Shugen Roshi in 2015. Shoan is the Monastery’s Creative Director and Training Coordinator. She also oversees our Tenkozan line of statues and naturally dyed fabrics, designed and produced on the Monastery grounds. She is married to Mn. Gokan Bonebakker.
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Mn. Gokan Bonebakker
Bear Gokan Bonebakker is a senior monastic and a Dharma Holder. He first came to the Monastery in 1994, and has been in residence since 2007. Gokan is the Operations Director, helps coordinate the National Buddhist Prison Sangha, and works in the orchard. He is married to Shoan Ankele, Osho.
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