Retreat Teachers

At ZMM and ZCNYC

MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

Many of our retreats are co-led and facilitated by both lay and monastic teachers as well as senior monastics in the order. To learn more about our teachers and staff, visit this page.

Events with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

True Refuge Week: Self-Directed Intensive Practice for MRO Students
April 18 - 23, 2023

Ah, not to be cut off, Not through the slightest partition Shut out from the law of stars. The inner-What is it? If not intensified sky, Hurled through with birds and deep With the winds of homecoming. —Rainer Maria Rilke All of Buddhist practice is leading us toward our true homecoming: the discovery that this very life, this very heart-mind and body, can be the source of our deepest fulfillment. Through training, and sincere, well-directed effort, as well as the support of a conducive environment, we can find that the refuge we seek is already here. While most formal Zen training at the Monastery involves surrendering our unique needs and interests to the container of the schedule and community, we are offering this week of intensive practice to nurture the journey in a different way. This retreat is limited to formal training students in the Mountains and Rivers Order. For True Refuge Week, you’ll be part of a cohort of no more than ten MRO students, each stepping into residency for a special week of intensive practice in which your personal aspirations will help shape the container. You’ll have oryoki and regular meals with the residents and serve on a…

True Refuge Week: Self-Directed Intensive Practice for MRO Students
August 8 - 13, 2023

Ah, not to be cut off, Not through the slightest partition Shut out from the law of stars. The inner-What is it? If not intensified sky, Hurled through with birds and deep With the winds of homecoming. —Rainer Maria Rilke All of Buddhist practice is leading us toward our true homecoming: the discovery that this very life, this very heart-mind and body, can be the source of our deepest fulfillment. Through training, and sincere, well-directed effort, as well as the support of a conducive environment, we can find that the refuge we seek is already here. While most formal Zen training at the Monastery involves surrendering our unique needs and interests to the container of the schedule and community, we are offering this week of intensive practice to nurture the journey in a different way. This retreat is limited to formal training students in the Mountains and Rivers Order. For True Refuge Week, you’ll be part of a cohort of no more than ten MRO students, each stepping into residency for a special week of intensive practice in which your personal aspirations will help shape the container. You’ll have oryoki and regular meals with the residents and serve on a…