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 WEEKEND

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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ONE-MONTH RETREAT

Each month we’re joined by individuals seeking an immersive experience of Monastery life.

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Upcoming Retreats at Zen Mountain Monastery

31st Annual Dana Dinner

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 14, 2019
The Holiday Dinner is a non-denominational event, free to all and has been an annual event since its inception in 1988 […]

December Rohatsu Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020
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NOTE: Participants must enter by Saturday 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...

January Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 3 - 5, 2020
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 […]

Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

January 17 - 19, 2020
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha are fundamental to all schools of Buddhism and they are a vital aspect of training within the Mountains and Rivers Order. Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in […]

January New Year’s Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

January 20 - 26, 2020
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), […]

February Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 31 - February 2, 2020
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 […]

Cultivating the Power for Activism

with Venerable Dr. Pannavati

February 14 - 16, 2020
Everything we know about our world comes through our senses and perceptions. Things seem to just appear as true, yet when we examine closely, we see that consciousness mixes each object with a lifetime of ideas, beliefs, experiences and associations. What then is true? We all harbor deep-seated underlying assumptions that lead us to automatically but unconsciously pigeon-hole the people we meet […]

The Buddhist Unconscious: Yogācāra Buddhism and How It Illuminates Bias

with Bill Waldron

February 14 - 16, 2020
Everything we know about our world comes through our senses and perceptions. Things seem to just appear as true, yet when we examine closely, we see that consciousness mixes each object with a lifetime of ideas, beliefs, experiences and associations. What then is true? We all harbor deep-seated underlying assumptions that lead us to automatically but unconsciously pigeon-hole the people we meet […]

February Bodhidharma Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

February 17 - 23, 2020
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

February 27 - March 1, 2020
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 Peaceful Dwelling retreat provides a […]

March Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

March 6 - 8, 2020
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 […]

One Dharma: Having Desires & Knowing How to Be Satisfied

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 13 - 15, 2020
When the mind becomes quiet and clear, we can better understand the subtleties of the Buddha’s teaching and more clearly experience its relationship to our lives. Through silent meditation and inquiry guided by Shugen Roshi, we'll examine our moment-to-moment experience of holding on, and how this constricts and binds the mind and body. We'll also examine how in letting go, we become more relaxed, spacious and flexible. Roshi will begin the retreat with a short talk on the practice of desires drawing on Having Few Desires, one of the Buddha's teachings on the Eight Awarenesses. He'll speak to how zazen can be a powerful way for us to see and understand our binding desires clearly, so that we can release ourselves, without coercion, from their grasp. We’ll then spend the morning examining this more directly within silent meditation. Roshi will then lead a mondo (informal discussion) inviting participants to bring forth their questions, struggles and insight so we can learn from each other. The afternoon will begin with a teaching on Knowing How to Be Satisfied, another of the Eight Awarenesses, to examine positive desires and how to nurture these without becoming attached. Desires most often lead to dissatisfaction and disappointment. […]

March Founding Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

March 23 - 29, 2020
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), […]

April Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 3 - 5, 2020
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 […]

Healing the Vicious Cycle of Addiction: A Dharmic Way to Interrupt the Cycle

with Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John

April 17 - 19, 2020
Addiction, compulsion, dependence, obsession, craving, infatuation—whatever you want to call it, you know it when you’re in it. Thoughts can be addicting, just like eating, drinking, shopping, or gambling, a fact the Buddha understood well. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it), people haven’t changed much in 2,500 years. The teachings of the eightfold path are still useful, dependable lessons, available to help the ordinary person step out of the cycle of samsara and addiction. In this retreat, Vimalasara (Valerie Mason-John), chair of the Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre, will illuminate how the Buddhist teachings can relieve you of your own addictions. Through guided meditations, liturgy and other forms of Buddhist practice, Vimalasara will uncover the sources of our craving and how to address this suffering to break the habitual patterns of addiction and the suffering caused by addiction.  

April Apple Blossom Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

April 20 - 26, 2020
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), […]

May Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 1 - 3, 2020
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 […]

Sangha Treasure Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

May 15 - 17, 2020
It is only within the sangha that we can realize our deepest intentions of clarity and compassion. In attempt to gain perspective into the workings of our mind and […]

Brush with Our Time

with Kazuaki Tanahashi

May 22 - 24, 2020
While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice... Step by step, we will find ways to foster the joy and serene excitement that can be applied to everyday life. Using a variety of papers and brushes, we will experiment with artistic interpretation […]

Shuso Hossen Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

May 25 - 31, 2020
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), […]

June Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

June 5 - 7, 2020
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 […]

Cultivating the Qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva

with Jan Chozen Bays

June 19 - 21, 2020
We are so pleased to welcome Chozen Roshi back to ZMM for this important retreat, timed to coincide with the building of our new Jizo House across from the Monastery's garden. A bodhisattva is a spiritual pilgrim who dedicates their life to helping free others from the suffering caused by fear and ignorance, and to […]

June Summer Solstice Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

June 22 - 28, 2020
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), […]

Being the Bowl: A Clay Retreat with Raku Firing

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8 - 12, 2020
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, […]

July Interdependence Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

July 20 - 26, 2020
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

July 31 - August 2, 2020
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 […]

August Hazy Moon Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

August 17 - 23, 2020
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 27 - 30, 2020
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 Peaceful Dwelling retreat provides a […]

September Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 4 - 6, 2020
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 (Self-Identified)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 10 - 13, 2020
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone 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, liturgy, 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 21 - 27, 2020
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 2 - 4, 2020
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 […]

Milarepa – Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi

with Judy Lief

October 15 - 18, 2020
We are so pleased to welcome Chozen Roshi back to ZMM for this important retreat, timed to coincide with the building of our new Jizo House across from the Monastery's garden. A bodhisattva is a spiritual pilgrim who dedicates their life to helping free others from the suffering caused by fear and ignorance, and to […]

October Harvest Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

October 19 - 25, 2020
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...