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 ZMM Retreats

November Shuso Hossen Sesshin

With MRO Teachers

November 12 - 18, 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...

November 23-25 Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 23 - 25, 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 […]

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 7 - 9, 2018
At Zen Mountain Monastery, we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with a vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen. We’ll begin 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...

30th Annual Dana Dinner

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 14 - 16, 2018
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 MRO Teachers

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019
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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...

January Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 4 - 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 […]

Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

With Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

January 18 - 20, 2019
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 MRO Teachers

January 21 - 27, 2019
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

February 1 - 3, 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 […]

Face to Face: Creative Expression Retreat with Hojin Sensei

With Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 8 - 10, 2019
We each have our own undeniable, unique way of expressing our aliveness. For some, it is a visual sense that comes through in image making inspired by textures, colors and forms. Regardless of our history with art making, this retreat is meant to[…]

February Bodhidharma Sesshin

With MRO Teachers

February 18 - 24, 2019
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), […]

March Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

With MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

March 8 - 10, 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 […]

Precepts II: Entering the Way of Compassion

With Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 23 - 24, 2019
This second-level retreat is open to all who are interested in practicing the Dharma. In this retreat, we will examine and discuss bodhicitta—the great aspiration to liberate self and other—and its important role in […]

March Founding Sesshin

With MRO Teachers

March 25, 2019
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 5 - 7, 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 […]

April Apple Blossom Sesshin

With MRO Teachers

April 22 - 28, 2019
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 3 - 5, 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 […]