Retreats

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This retreat will be donation-based with a $50 deposit to secure your place. If you are not able to pay the deposit, please email the registrar. – $50.00 - $250.00

Date & Time Details: Wednesday, January 8—Sunday, January 12, 2025

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

Address: Mount Tremper, NY12457

Contact: ZMM Registrar
registrar@dharma.net
(845) 688-2228

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Dharma Gates: Living a Zen Path

with Shoan Ankele, Osho and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

January 8 - 12, 2025

This retreat is for people between the ages of 18-35.

In collaboration with Dharma Gates, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to opening pathways into formal meditation training for people ages 18-35, Zen Mountain Monastery is offering a 5-day immersion in the path of Zen Buddhism.

Zen is a practice of discovering our natural inner clarity and learning how to bring this into our everyday life. Over the past fifteen hundred years, the Zen tradition has evolved various upaya, or skillful means, to help us wake up to reality right where we are. This retreat will be an opportunity for beginning to intermediate practitioners to experience Zen training within the supportive environment of the Monastery and alongside other young adult practitioners. During our five days together, we’ll engage in some of the core practices of Zen, including zazen (Zen meditation), Buddhist liturgy, and silent work practice, all of which emerge from direct contact with our inherent wakefulness. We’ll spend one full day in silence, following the structure of a classic one-day Zen meditation retreat.

Appreciating the opportunity to engage with fellow practitioners in similar life stages, we’ll take some time for active reflection, too—through discussion, movement, and art practice—on key topics and resonant challenges for younger people. How do we live a meaningful life according to our values in a world in crisis? What is the relationship between meditation, Buddhism, and ethics? What does spiritual training really mean? What is the role of a teacher or a community in our practice? What is the Zen tradition, and what does Zen training offer within the landscape of Dharma practices and traditions?

Whatever questions are most alive for you, we invite you to bring them wholly to the practice, using the support of the monastic container to aid in deep inquiry.

This retreat will be donation-based with a $50 deposit to secure your place. If the deposit poses a barrier for you, we encourage you to email the registrar.

If registration is full, please Join the Registration Pool

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.

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.  

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

As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow these these guidelines for keeping everyone safe. Please review the current protocol requirements before registering, and if you have further questions, please contact the registrar. (registrar@dharma.net)

 

Teachers

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.
Learn more about Shoan Ankele, Osho
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.
Learn more about Mn. Gokan Bonebakker