A center for Zen meditation, residential training and retreats.

Located in Asheville, NC area.

About Us...

The Deepening Quiet

Rooted in the ancient mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville, Windhorse Zen Community is a group of people who come together to practice Zen, to wake up to the deepest truth of the Buddha’s teaching and to embody it in their daily lives.

The teachers at Windhorse, Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, were ordained and sanctioned by Roshi Philip Kapleau. The training at Windhorse blends the strengths of both Rinzai and Soto practice, using breath, open awareness and koan-based zazen meditation. We also work with unconscious forces that deep practice may bring to the surface – both those that are creative and inspiring, as well as those that stir up painful mindstates that may undermine one’s Dharma work.

We live simply, heating with wood collected from our woods, and trying to live in harmony with the earth and each other. Recognizing the vital role of authentic relationship, we set a high value on Sangha as the living expression of Zen teaching and practice. Along with daily meditation and regular retreats, we offer residential training that makes it possible to be immersed in the practice here at Windhorse for longer or shorter periods of time.

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October 2014 Sesshin

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

October 2014 Sesshin
S E S S H I N – A Journey into the Vibrant Core of Being Windhorse Zen Community will hold a 7-day Zen meditation intensive (sesshin) at its Mountain Retreat Center outside of Asheville, NC. October 18-25, 2014 Deadline for applications: Wednesday, Oct. 1 Cost: $40/day for members; $50/day for non-members The retreat includes daily talks and private instruction with Zen teachers Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter. All dharma practitioners are welcome to apply for all or part of this Read more [...] Read More

The Radical Way of Buddha – A Dharma Talk by Sunya-Roshi

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

The Radical Way of Buddha – A Dharma Talk by Sunya-Roshi
In this teisho, Sunya-Roshi explores the radical way of the Buddha. Shakyamuni's supreme awakening is a complete turning around of the mind - a completely radical way of seeing and being in the world. Radical two and a half millenia ago - and just as radical (and necessary) today. We invite you to sit quietly and listen to this Dharma Talk. Read more [...] Read More

Living Zen: A Weekend of Zazen in Stillness and Motion

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Living Zen: A Weekend of Zazen in Stillness and Motion
Windhorse Zen Community is inviting to a 3 +2 days long zen retreat (sesshin) from August 19 through 24, lead by Sunya-roshi and Lawson-roshi.     The ‘theme’ for this sesshin will still be “Stillness in Motion, Aliveness in Stillness,” with emphasis on integrating practice in movement, posture and activities. This sesshin will combine periods of structured and self-directed practice, continuing experimentation with a different sesshin rhythm. Weather allowing, we’ll also be doing Read more [...] Read More