A center for Zen meditation, residential training and retreats.

Located in Asheville, NC area.

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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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Kannon Day

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Kannon Day
This year Mother's Day was ushered in by a vast visitation of Kuan Yins, or Kannons, the Bodhisattva of Compassion; and by Sunya-roshi's warm teisho on the great healing power of these mutually-arising archetypes.   (photo by Doshin Cantor) Kannon, Bodhisattva of Compassion: the living, loving force of the Universe, expressing itself in peonies & iris, in clouds and water and mountains, in the soil that gives birth to fruits and vegetables and nuts that sustain life. Whether we realize Read more [...] Read More

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration 2014

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration 2014
Last Sunday, Windhorse celebrated Buddha's Birthday (Vesak) and it was, yet again, a definite success! A number of people and families showed up and partook in the festivities. We began by listening to Sunya-roshi tell the fantastical story of the Buddha's birth, which was followed by chanting the Heart Sutra. Then we took hold of our noise-makers and traveled outside, chanting and circumambulating the baby Buddha and making all sorts of noise. We took turns pouring tea over the baby Buddha, which Read more [...] Read More

Changing the World from the Inside Out

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Essay | 0 comments

Changing the World from the Inside Out
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