Retreat Teachers

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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

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive
August 29, 2019

This meditation intensive provides a powerful container for exploring and developing your commitment to self-directed practice. The morning’s schedule offers the support and strength of a traditional sesshin. In the afternoon and evening, the structure of the schedule lifts, allowing you to discover the power of practicing according to your own rhythms and deepest aspiration. This intensive is for those who have previously done zazen intensives within the MRO, especially MRO training students planning to make a formal commitment to Ango. The intensive will include oryoki breakfast and lunch, as well as face-to-face teaching. Formal training students should bring their oryoki bowls. You can arrive either Thursday or Friday.   Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options. 

September Introduction to Zen Training Retreat
September 6, 2019

Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience the Monastery’s Eight Gates program. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the moral teachings and compassion, and Buddhist study. You’ll learn how to establish a consistent home practice and receive guidance on bringing it into your work, family, and relationships. And you’ll have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. This retreat also gives you a chance to encounter the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. The program fee for this retreat includes a copy of John…

October Introduction to Zen Training Retreat
October 4, 2019

Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience the Monastery’s Eight Gates program. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the moral teachings and compassion, and Buddhist study. You’ll learn how to establish a consistent home practice and receive guidance on bringing it into your work, family, and relationships. And you’ll have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. This retreat also gives you a chance to encounter the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. The program fee for this retreat includes a copy of John…

November Introduction to Zen Training Retreat
November 1, 2019

Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience the Monastery’s Eight Gates program. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the moral teachings and compassion, and Buddhist study. You’ll learn how to establish a consistent home practice and receive guidance on bringing it into your work, family, and relationships. And you’ll have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. This retreat also gives you a chance to encounter the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. The program fee for this retreat includes a copy of John…

December Introduction to Zen Training Retreat
November 29, 2019

Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience the Monastery’s Eight Gates program. During the weekend, you’ll receive instruction in zazen (seated meditation) and have a chance to experience and ask questions about liturgy, work as sacred activity, art and body practice, the moral teachings and compassion, and Buddhist study. You’ll learn how to establish a consistent home practice and receive guidance on bringing it into your work, family, and relationships. And you’ll have the opportunity for private interview with a teacher to explore the importance of the teacher-student relationship for the spiritual path. This retreat also gives you a chance to encounter the Monastery cloister—a dynamic spiritual community whose everyday activities and concerns are simplified. By entering the cloister for a weekend, you experience a place uniquely conducive to spiritual practice and to connecting to your own innate silence and stillness. The program fee for this retreat includes a copy of John…

Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil
December 6, 2019

After he left the home in which he was raised, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with spiritual teachers across northern India in an effort to resolve his questions about life and death. But even after six years of ascetic practices, he remained unsatisfied. One evening, he remembered the simple joy he had experienced sitting at the foot of a tree as a child. He sat down at the base of a bo tree, took the zazen posture, and resolved not to rise until he had settled his questions. That morning, upon seeing the morning star, he realized annuttarasamyak-sambodhi, supreme perfect enlightenment. At Zen Mountain Monastery, we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with a vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen, which Dogen Zenji called the “dharma gate of ease and joy.” We’ll begin after supper Friday evening with introductory remarks and a renewal of our bodhisattva vows. Then, we’ll mark the Buddha’s enlightenment by sitting together through the night and day. In the spirit of hermitage practice, participants will be invited to sit or rest at their own pace. A buffet table will be available in the dining hall for meals. Green tea will be offered during the night sitting. The…

31st Annual Dana Dinner
December 13, 2019

Every year, Zen Mountain Monastery hosts a festive and family-friendly holiday gathering for people across Ulster County who may otherwise not have such an opportunity. From its inception in 1987, this event has been offered in collaboration with the area’s merchants, restaurant owners, professionals and community members who contribute food, gift items, holiday decorations, cash donations, and volunteer labor. Each year, approximately 400 folks come from area shelters, group homes, agencies, and from local neighborhoods to receive good food, music, companionship and gift-giving. The outpouring of generosity and goodwill has made this unique community collaboration a wonderful experience for all involved. The Holiday Dinner is a non-denominational event, free to all, and takes place rain or shine (or snow). Those interested in attending this event—or donating cash, food, gifts or time—are asked to contact  Zen Mountain Monastery, at mro@mro.org or (845) 688-2228. If you are interested in staying the night and volunteering on the day of the event you may register online for this event. The weekend is by donation. All donations are tax deductible.