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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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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Garden Work Day

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Essay | 0 comments

Garden Work Day
We can now happily say that big progress is being made in the garden! Last Saturday we had a big garden work day, which you can see pictures from here. If you're interested in the plan for the garden, you can take a look here. Thank you to everyone involved so far! And if you would like to be involved but don't know where to start, shoot us an email! Read more [...] Read More

Earth Grounding: Unsolicited Advice Coming from Direct Experience

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Essay | 1 comment

Earth Grounding: Unsolicited Advice Coming from Direct Experience
How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, With its swirling, vaporous atmosphere, Its flowing and frozen climbing creatures, The croaking things with wings that hang on rocks And soar through fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas. . . How utterly rich and wild . . . Yet some among us have the nerve, The insolence, the brass, the gall to whine About the limitations of our earthbound fate And yearn for some more perfect world beyond the sky. We are none of us good enough For the Read more [...] Read More