Retreat Teachers


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.

Events with Prabu Gikon Vasan

Touching Liberation Together — Sesshin for Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIAPOC)
June 8 - 11, 2023

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. 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…