ZMM Retreats

Upcoming Retreats at Zen Mountain Monastery

Explore Zen Mountain Monastery through one of our upcoming retreats. 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. If you are looking for retreats at the Zen Center of New York City, click here.

intro To Zen

INTRO TO ZEN TRAINING WEEKEND

New to Zen? Experience Zen training for yourself. Our most popular retreat and a great place to start.

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Coming To The Monastery

COMING TO THE MONASTERY

How to enter the schedule and life of the Monastery for the first time. Come visit us on Mount Tremper.

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Live Lines

FEATURED RETREAT: LIVE LINES

In this retreat, we’ll reflect on the Four Immeasurables and bring them to life through the creative process.

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Upcoming ZMM Retreats

July Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

June 29 - July 1, 2018
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 Buddhist Poetry Festival at Zen Mountain Monastery

With Jane Hirshfield, David Hinton, Margaret Gibson, Ocean Vuong, Chase Takusei Twichell, and more

July 5 - 8, 2018
Throughout the ages, practitioners have explored the elasticity of language to express understanding of dharma, proximity to the present, realization of impermanence, and encounters with the mind, just to name a few. The Buddhist Poetry Festival was created in celebration of this impulse to creatively share those personal experiences that seem to touch upon the […]

Circles on the Water: A Wilderness Retreat for Women

With Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 9 - 15, 2018
Few things compare with the dappled beauty of our northern lakes in the bright green summer. This calmness and serenity rest on a great depth of being, an unselfconscious state of grace, in which all things have their place. Apparent simplicity hides complexity, and absorbing the clarity of this environment can help us find the […]

Live Lines: Exploring the Four Immeasurables through the Creative Process

With Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

July 20 - 22, 2018
Words have power. They can shed light on complex concepts, facts and the history of the tradition; inspire our aspiration to raise the Bodhi mind, or the mind of enlightenment; and even help us break through to the great reality of things. But words can also seduce us into thinking: I’ve got it. When caught […]

July Interdependence Sesshin

With Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Zuisei Sensei

July 23 - 29, 2018
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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), […]

August Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 3 - 5, 2018
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 […]

A Time for Quiet: Meditation, Work and Play for Children & Their Parents

August 10 - 12, 2018
For many of us, everyday life is busy, noisy, and quick. Even children have tightly packed schedules that leave little room for imaginative play or reflection. Quiet, far from being a refuge, then becomes for them an imposed state—at best a boring interlude in which “nothing happens,” at worst a punishment for wrong-doing. Yet true […]

Being the Bowl: A Clay Retreat with Raku Firing

With Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 15 - 19, 2018
Being the Bowl is the profound study of staying unconditionally with one thing. How can we return, again and again, to just this one thing through the cascade of our ever-changing moods and emotions? How can we meet ourselves freshly each moment? How can we challenge ourselves to respond spontaneously, allowing ourselves to hear, feel, […]

August Hazy Moon Sesshin

With MRO Teachers

August 20 - 26, 2018
NOTE: Participants must enter on Monday evening. 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), […]

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 30 - September 2, 2018
Our traditional zazen intensives, such as sesshin, are carefully planned and scheduled to help practitioners develop inner and outer meditative strength and stability. Yet, when the schedule and structure falls away—at home, after the intensive is over—you may find it challenging to maintain your clarity of purpose and practice. The Basic Space retreat provides a […]

September Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 7 - 9, 2018
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 […]

Wild Grasses Sesshin: A Meditation Intensive for Women

With Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 13 - 16, 2018
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), work practice and talks by the teacher […]

September Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

With Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

September 24 - 30, 2018
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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), […]

October Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 5 - 7, 2018
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 Eight Conditions for Wisdom

With Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

October 12 - 14, 2018
ZMM
The Buddha’s teachings lay out a clear training for the development of prajna. One such teaching is the “Eight Conditions for Wisdom.” In this retreat we'll take up these eight conditions, exploring how simple yet specific causes lead to the maturation of wisdom, exploring the sincere and deliberate practice that is […]

A Sudden Flash of Spaciousness: An Introduction to Mind Training

With Judy Lief

October 18 - 21, 2018
It [Lojong] is one of the bravest practices you can ever do, if you can actually let go. . . . With lojong, your aggression becomes workable; a spacious and refreshing quality begins to arise. —Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche In this workshop, we will explore the practice of (Tib.) lojong, or mind training. This practice […]

October Harvest Sesshin

With Ron Hogen Green, Sensei and Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

October 22 - 28, 2018
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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...

November 2-4 Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 2 - 4, 2018
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 […]

November Shuso Hossen Sesshin

With MRO Teachers

November 12 - 18, 2018
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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...

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 7 - 9, 2018
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...

December Rohatsu Sesshin

With MRO Teachers

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019
ZMM
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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...