A center for Zen meditation, residential training and retreats located in the 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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New Year’s Eve at Windhorse

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

New Year’s Eve at Windhorse
New Year’s Eve! The ‘Great Turning,’ when we stop at the threshold to look back on the old year—a tapestry woven of all that has happened, all we’ve said and done, individually and collectively. We then turn around to face the New, with its mystery and potential. What an ingenious human invention, this annual crossroads! Read more [...] Read More

December 2015 Zentensive Workshop and Retreat

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

December 2015 Zentensive Workshop and Retreat
Dear Friends,
We are pleased to announce that our upcoming December 2015 Zentensive Workshop and Retreat has been pre-approved by The Washington School of Psychiatry for 30 CEs (including 2 for ethics) for a range of professionals, including physicians, psychologists, and social workers. This Zentensive, led by Roshi Lawson Sachter, will place a greater emphasis on the psychodynamic dimensions of Zen practice, and will offer a more open schedule than our traditional sesshin.
Zentensives are specifically geared toward those interested in developing a greater experiential understanding of the unconscious dynamics as they unfold during intensified periods of meditation; it is particularly designed for mental health providers who wish to expand their work on both personal and professional levels. With a more open structure, and its focus on the Unconscious as an often-unrecognized yet central element of deepening meditation, the Zentensive offers a unique context for clarifying and deepening one’s inner work.
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New Teishos by Sunya Roshi

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

New Teishos by Sunya Roshi
"The Whole Hearted Life" and "Sound and Silence" offered by Sunya Roshi at Windhorse Zen Center, Sunday morning. Read more [...] Read More

July 2015 visit to Poland: an account by Sunya-roshi

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

July 2015 visit to Poland: an account by Sunya-roshi
I returned late last Tuesday night from what was likely the most eventful and intense trip of all my twenty years traveling to that country, a month-long visit that marked the 40th anniversary of our sangha there... Read more [...] Read More

Wesak 2015

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 14 comments

Wesak 2015
Wesak 2015 - Buddha's Birthday celebration at Windhorse... Read more [...] Read More

Dharma Talks on Hakuin’s Chant in Praise of Zazen

Posted on May 31, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 2 comments

Dharma Talks on Hakuin’s Chant in Praise of Zazen
Sunya Roshi crashes into Hakuin and picks up his Chant in Praise of Zazen. Read more [...] Read More