Since ancient times, monasteries have been places where seekers could delve deeply into the deepest questions of life and death. Built in the 1920s and 30’s, Zen Mountain Monastery was originally a Benedictine monastery and boys’ camp. Now, for over three decades, it has offered practitioners from all walks of life a refuge from a culture of distraction and a way to become immersed in Buddhist teachings and practice. As our founder John Daido Loori described it, the Monastery is “an archive of sanity.”
Our main building houses the Monastery’s meditation hall and dining halls, kitchen, lounge, private rooms for residents, and dormitories for visiting practitioners. Our Sangha House acts as a community center with a performance hall, library, art studio and gym, as well as the Monastery Store. These and other buildings rest on 250 acres of protected woodlands that are home to an extraordinary variety of plant and animal life. In 1995, the Monastery’s main building was named a national and state historic landmark.