Together, teachers Lawson and Sunya lead a residential training program at the property in Alexander. Some residents work full time at the Center, and some part-time. Members of the larger sangha attend sittings here. Non-residents are also welcome to participate in the...Read More
Located in Asheville, NC area.
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.
We’re gearing up for the 7-day March sesshin that begins on Saturday, March 21, the first day of Spring. Sesshin ends on Saturday afternoon, March 28th.
No doubt about it: Sesshin is the most powerful way to deepen one’s Zen practice and start anew – a true spring-cleaning of mind and heart! Although we have various retreats scheduled for April and May, the next 7-day sesshin after this one isn’t until June. Even if you can only attend part-time, this is a great opportunity—at one of the pivotal points of the year—to bring fresh life to your practice and everyday life.
To aid us in our planning process, applications are due by Sunday, March 8. The cost of sesshin is $40/day for members, $50/day for non-members.
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