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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Thanksgiving Day at Windhorse

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

Thanksgiving Day at Windhorse
November 27, 2014 Thanksgiving Day at Windhorse: Vegetarian Potluck Feast and Festive Gathering, 2:00 pm All are invited to this annual Windhorse event! Please let us know soon if you’d like to join us, and what food offering you plan to bring. You can sign up on the bulletin board near the kitchen, or call us and we’ll fill it in for you. Read more [...] Read More

Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Dec. 6 – 13

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Dec. 6 – 13
The Buddha’s Enlightenment 7 - day Sesshin is coming right up: December 6 - 13, 2014 The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Nov. 19. Feel free to call the center a couple of days later, to verify you’ve been accepted. Naturally, full-time participants will be given first priority. December 6 - 13, 2014 Deadline for applications: Wednesday, Nov. 19 Cost: $40/day for members; $50/day for non-members The retreat includes daily talks and private instruction with Zen teachers Read more [...] Read More

Layman Pang – Teishos by Sunya-Roshi

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Layman Pang – Teishos by Sunya-Roshi
The life and teachings of Layman Pang are brought to life by Sunya Roshi with this pair of teishos. Pang Yun, "Lofty Spirit", was a lay master of the Tang Dynasty period whose life, like Vimalakirti's, is considered to be an exemplary model for the non-monastic Chan(Zen) Buddhist. Layman Pang Part I Layman Pang Part II Read more [...] Read More