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Saturday, February 13th, 2016 Zazenkai (all day sitting) Sunday, March 27- Saturday, April 2 6 Day Spring Sesshin Monday, May 16- Saturday May 21, 2016 5 Day Zentensive Workshop and Retreat: Zentensive Description and Application Here Friday, June 10- Friday, June 17, 2016 7 Day June Sesshin More about Sesshin at Windhorse SESSHIN COSTS: The cost of sesshin—if applying before the deadline has passed–is $40.00 per day for members and $50.00 per day for non-members (these amounts do not include dana for the teachers). For applications sent after the deadline: $50/day for members, $55 for non-members. Checks can be sent to Windhorse, or payment can be made online. Please note: alternative arrangements can be made with those experiencing financial hardship. CLOTHING: In addition to a robe, please bring dark or solid-colored clothing for use during the work period, and a set of loose pants or knee-length shorts and a plain, modest top for the exercise period. In general, participants are asked to avoid wearing clothing during sesshin that may be distracting to others – i.e. to avoid clothing that is bright, patterned, with words, low-cut, noisy (e.g. synthetic pants), etc. Read more […]Read More
Sunday Morning Program- 9:30am -11:30am 8:45-9:30- Orientation for Those New to Windhorse (Please call or email ahead to schedule an orientation before your first visit) 9:30-10:30- Zazen; Two 25-minute rounds of silent meditation with a bell at the halfway point for standing briefly or posture change if needed, followed by walking meditation. 10:30-11:30- Chanting, including the Heart Sutra, followed by Teisho (Dharma talk by one of our teachers) and discussion 11:30 and beyond- Vegetarian Potluck Lunch– Bring something if you’d like, but please stay in any case; We will share whatever is offered. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Zazen with Dokusan- 7:00pm-9:00pm Three 35-minute rounds with kinhin (walking meditation) between rounds – during this time , dokusan (private instruction) is available with one or both teachers. On Tuesdays we end with a chanting service. What is dokusan? Find out here. Wednesdays and Fridays, Zazen with Chanting- 6:30am-7:45am Two rounds of zazen, ending with a chanting service. Through the winter months, we do not always heat the zendo for early morning zazen, and instead sit in a smaller heated room. Please call or email ahead of time to let us know you’re coming so we can be sure to have space for everyone. Note About Scheduled Meditation If you’d like to join us for meditation and have never sat with us before, please call ahead to arrange a 45-minute orientation. We recommend starting with the Sunday Read more […]Read More
presented by George DeWolfe Wednesday, May 4th – Saturday, May 7th, 2016 George DeWolfe has been a photographer since 1964. In the 1970’s he studied with both Ansel Adams and Minor White, and later studied Perception with Dr. Richard Zakia. He holds an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his publishing credits include: At Home in the Wild, Digital Photography Fine Print Workshop, a book on New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and most recently, B&W Printing. George was also a Senior Editor for eighteen years at View Camera and Camera Arts. Along with his Contemplative Photography Workshops, George DeWolfe has had forty one-man shows. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and also appears in several permanent collections. He has photographed for many environmental organizations, including the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Mass Audubon, National Park Service, America Rivers, and Friends of Acadia; he is also a member of the American Alpine Club. George’s most recent honor was the Award for Artistic Excellence presented by The National Park Service. George’s sublime images arise out of a penetrating awareness of photographic moments that are highly personal and intuitive. Set simultaneously in conversation with the structures of ancient Chinese landscape painting and Western landscape genres, his artistic practice incorporates ideas from Buddhism and Gestalt Read more […]Read More
A center for Zen meditation, residential training and retreats located in the 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.