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Zentensive Workshop and Retreat

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Zentensive Workshop and Retreat
On May 11-16, Windhorse Zen Community will be offering its second Zentensive Workshop and Retreat at its 16-acre facility in the mountains just north of Asheville. This professionally-oriented Zentensive has been approved by NASW-NC for 35 CEs. Read more [...]

Coming This Spring! A Contemplative Photography Workshop

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 2 comments

Coming This Spring!  A Contemplative Photography Workshop
Windhorse is pleased to announce that George DeWolfe will be conducting a Contemplative Photography workshop here this spring. We are beyond excited to be sponsoring a workshop by this accomplished photographer and gifted teacher here at Windhorse. Read more [...]

Building Fund Update

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Building Fund Update
We wish to express deep thanks to everyone for your enduring and generous support of our long-standing Windhorse construction project! Our Fall Fundraising Drive was reasonably successful; if no further complications arise with the remaining inspections, we should be able to get enough of the work done to obtain our coveted Certificate of Occupancy. But as a caution Read more [...]

Board of Trustees

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 4 comments

Board of Trustees
We'd like everyone to know that as of January 1, 2015,Windhorse has a new Board of Trustees. Read more [...]

Thanksgiving and Renewal

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Thanksgiving and Renewal
A Time of Thanksgiving and Renewal November 29, 2014 Dear Friends and Sangha, What an amazing fall we’ve had in these ancient mountains! So many golden days, with the woods surrounding Windhorse overflowing with the gorgeous colors of autumn. Now it’s growing colder and the mountains whiter – the time each year when we turn to you, members and friends of Windhorse, to thank you for all the help you’ve given this dharma community, and to ask for your continued support. This year is no exception. What is exceptional is that a couple of months ago we received a special ‘bequest’ connected with the estate of Margaret Sachter, Lawson’s mother. Thanks to this gift we’re now well into the final phase of our long-lived construction project. We’ve already passed all ‘rough-in’ inspections, soundproofed the sleeping areas, insulated the entire building and completed the dry wall work. Painting is scheduled for next week. We’re really getting there! With even a modestly successful fundraising effort we’ll be able to get our Certificate of Occupancy, that elusive piece of paper that finally allows us to start using this space. With some additional support we’ll actually be able to complete the trim and tile work, too. As many people know, the past years, and especially the past 18 months, have been a time of unusually slow donations for many not-for-profits. Windhorse is no exception, and we’ve also been saddled with some major expenses, including Read more [...]

Thanksgiving Day at Windhorse

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

Thanksgiving Day at Windhorse

Thanksgiving 2014

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.

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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Dec. 6 – 13

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

Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Dec. 6 – 13

WZC 2014 rohatsu sesshin

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

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Layman Pang – Teishos by Sunya-Roshi

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 5 comments

Layman Pang – Teishos by Sunya-Roshi

layman pangThe 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

New Momentum

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

New Momentum
Work on the Windhorse building project has resumed! Workers have just finished the insulation and soundproofing, and already the interior looks transformed. Soon this beautiful building will really start to come to life. Once completed we’ll have a lot more room for people in sesshin, and we’ll finally be able to hold some of the extended workshop-type programs we’ve long dreamt of. For now, though, we just want to share the good news with everyone... Read more [...]

October 2014 Sesshin

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

October 2014 Sesshin

October Sesshin 2014, WZC, poster

S E S S H I N – A Journey into the Vibrant Core of Being

Windhorse Zen Community will hold a 7-day Zen meditation intensive (sesshin) at its Mountain Retreat Center outside of Asheville, NC.

October 18-25, 2014
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, Oct. 1
Cost: $40/day for members; $50/day for non-members

The retreat includes daily talks and private instruction with Zen teachers Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter.
All dharma practitioners are welcome to apply for all or part of this retreat. Meals are vegan and organic.

More info and application to download: http://windhorsezen.org/about-windhorse-zen-community/sesshin-about-retreats-at-windhorse

The Radical Way of Buddha – A Dharma Talk by Sunya-Roshi

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 4 comments

The Radical Way of Buddha – A Dharma Talk by Sunya-Roshi
In this teisho, Sunya-Roshi explores the radical way of the Buddha. Shakyamuni's supreme awakening is a complete turning around of the mind - a completely radical way of seeing and being in the world. Radical two and a half millenia ago - and just as radical (and necessary) today. We invite you to sit quietly and listen to this Dharma Talk. Read more [...]

Living Zen: A Weekend of Zazen in Stillness and Motion

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 2 comments

Living Zen: A Weekend of Zazen in Stillness and Motion
Windhorse Zen Community is inviting to a 3 +2 days long zen retreat (sesshin) from August 19 through 24, lead by Sunya-roshi and Lawson-roshi.     The ‘theme’ for this sesshin will still be “Stillness in Motion, Aliveness in Stillness,” with emphasis on integrating practice in movement, posture and activities. This sesshin will combine periods of structured and self-directed practice, continuing experimentation with a different sesshin rhythm. Weather allowing, we’ll also be doing more practice out of doors.     From Tuesday, Aug. 19, through Friday morning, Aug. 22, we’ll have morning and evening sittings with dokusan available. During those days we’ll be working in semi-silence, with some formal meals and heightened awareness of how we practice “in the midst.” Those who wish to participate are welcome to stay at the center and join us during this time, or simply to come and go according to their circumstances.     Sesshin officially begins Friday late afternoon, August 22, 5:00, and ends Sunday afternoon. On Friday afternoon participants help with the final set up. The full sesshin schedule begins with a tea ceremony in the early evening. On Sunday the general sangha will be invited to the morning practice with teisho, and sesshin will continue in silence, and with dokusan, into the afternoon. Sesshin applications should be available on line, or can be picked up at the center (pdf format). People need to apply by Wednesday, August 13. Usual Read more [...]

Practice and Activism – A Dharma Talk by Sunya Roshi

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

Practice and Activism – A Dharma Talk by Sunya Roshi
Sunya Roshi explores the relationship between Zen practice and activism. She suggests, to paraphrase Thomas Merton, that practice nourishes the root of our wisdom to make activism more fruitful. We invite you to sit quietly and listen to the audio recording. Read more [...]

Kannon Day

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Kannon Day
This year Mother's Day was ushered in by a vast visitation of Kuan Yins, or Kannons, the Bodhisattva of Compassion; and by Sunya-roshi's warm teisho on the great healing power of these mutually-arising archetypes.   (photo by Doshin Cantor) Kannon, Bodhisattva of Compassion: the living, loving force of the Universe, expressing itself in peonies & iris, in clouds and water and mountains, in the soil that gives birth to fruits and vegetables and nuts that sustain life. Whether we realize it or not, we are immersed, embedded, in this benevolent energy of Kannon. It speaks through our very cells and through the entire structure of the universe . . . On some level every one of us senses this benevolent force. But in the frenetic pace of most people’s lives and the noise of busy minds, this subtle awareness gets drowned out, in the same way that the songs of wrens and cardinals are sometimes drowned out here when a big truck or motorcycle roars by on the nearby road. Zazen gives us a wonderfully simple and effective way to clear that noise, to tune our being to this compassionate force within our own hearts, so that we can express it more truly through our own thoughts, words, actions. (Listen to Sunya's Teisho Here) Read more [...]

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration 2014

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

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration 2014
Last Sunday, Windhorse celebrated Buddha's Birthday (Vesak) and it was, yet again, a definite success! A number of people and families showed up and partook in the festivities. We began by listening to Sunya-roshi tell the fantastical story of the Buddha's birth, which was followed by chanting the Heart Sutra. Then we took hold of our noise-makers and traveled outside, chanting and circumambulating the baby Buddha and making all sorts of noise. We took turns pouring tea over the baby Buddha, which symbolizes the rain of sweet tea that is said to have fallen when the Buddha was born, while chanting the Ten-Verse Kannon Sutra. After concluding the more formal festivities, we Bubbled-the-baby-Buddha, shared an amazing potluck lunch, played music, competed in badminton, and lost ourselves in the magical realm of Giants, Elves & Wizards!  (Pictures by Doshin Cantor) Read more [...]

Zentensive Workshop and Retreat – July 21st through July 26th 2014

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Dear Friends, On July 21, 2014, Windhorse Zen Community will be offering its first Zentensive Workshop and Retreat at its 16-acre facility outside of Asheville, NC. This six-day Immersion will combine the deep stillness of Zen meditation with a dynamic understanding of the Unconscious based on the teachings of Dr. Habib Davanloo. Intensified Zen practice embodies a remarkable paradox. On the one hand, as the more superficial chatter of the mind quiets down, we naturally open to deeper, non-dual currents of awareness. The edges soften, our hearts open, and we touch into a more natural, universal flow. At the same time, though, the unconscious becomes mobilized, much as it does during the more pressured stages of psychotherapy. Left unchecked, this mobilization often takes the form of obstructive mind-states that can interfere with deepening meditation. For those who gain an understanding of how to work skillfully with the dynamic unconscious, however, this fluid state offers a rich opportunity where life-changing insights and even unlockings can break through. This retreat will be moving into uncharted waters: it will be neither a traditional meditation retreat, nor some kind of intensified group therapy. Rather it will be a chance to see into, and work directly with, our own restrictive conscious and unconscious patterns, and for grasping the self-isolation embedded in the structures of dualistic thought. It will be a time when we can explore and weave together two immensely Read more [...]

Information on Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Sangha Blog | 15 comments

Information  on Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
            Fukushima Informational Resources:  Recently we sent out a sangha-wide note of concern, and we’re finding that the more you learn about the Fukushima situation, the scarier it gets. What makes it even more painful is that there really are things that can be done to prevent what is already a massive disaster from becoming many, many times worse.  The problem is that we are not doing them, but you can help.  Information about the extent of this crisis is available below, and contact information for public officials is available here.   Sign the petition here   Articles: Fukushima Disaster Reaches Epic Proportions  Christina Sarich            NationofChange / News Consuming cesium-tainted fish is probably about to be one of your least concerns. Most of us were already aware of the generalities of Fukushima’s defunct nuclear reactor seeping tons of toxic and radioactive iodone, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90 into the Pacific Ocean. We perhaps said a prayer and vowed to start consuming fish from other oceans. Now, there is news of Fukushima’s damaged Unit 4 pool, that a Yale professor warns “is in perilous danger and could threaten all of humanity for thousands of years.”   This is one of the biggest crises we’ve faced as a human race, as some have put it, since the disarming of the Soviet Union or the Cuban Missile Crisis. We need every activist to call for immediate action and all resources Read more [...]

The Source

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

The Source

The SourceFinal_450x720Jaded about life and fed up with each other, Al and Zoe decide they will either work out the problems in their marriage or call it quits after many years. The only thing they can agree on is to hike the Appalachian Trail and try to talk things through.

While in nature, the couple keep separate journals of similar experiences. Written in elegant prose and poetry and illustrated with vibrant sketches, the authors present timeless wisdom drawn from many sources…

Wondering what a fiction book review is doing on the Windhorse blog?
The book was written by Paula and her former husband, the late Phil Koso Gable. Paula, a Windhorse member, has generously offered to donate all proceeds from the book to the “Koso Gable Memorial Fund,” which will support our building project.

You’ll find the official website for the book here: http://sourcebygable.org/

We hope Paula and Phil’s collaborative work brings inspiration and enjoyment to many.

Photos from Buddha’s Birthday Celebration

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Sangha Blog | 2 comments

Photos from Buddha’s Birthday Celebration
Two Sundays ago, on May 26, Windhorse celebrated Vesak - the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha - for the first time in a while. Those who were there, or who have been to previous Buddha's Birthday celebrations at Windhorse, know that it is quite a time  here! From the intense preparation to the raucous festivities, the wondrous story of the Buddha's birth and the deeply joyous ceremony - all of it flowed beautifully. If you couldn't make it, or you want to return to the memory of it, here are a few pictures taken by some of our residents: Enjoy!  Sandra begins work on treasure map Treasure map before being turned into puzzle pieces Hut-dwelling clue giverTreasure chest found! Story in zendo Circumambulating the front yard Making offerings to baby Buddha Impromptu cello-guitar concert on porch Read more [...]

A Day for Families at Windhorse

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

A Day for Families at Windhorse
by Marnie Downs We just had our “family” day at Windhorse and my sense of it is that we all want a whole lot more of them! It was just the most delightful day and here is what we did: We started our day at around 10:30 with a gathering of parents with their children (ages ranging from 3 ½ to 7 with a toddler in there too) in the zendo. We all gathered around Sunya who told the most thrilling story of the Buddha who had turned herself into a parrot. And lo and behold “our” Ginger actually had her very real parrot on her shoulder the entire time! So very fun! And I want to say how wonderful it was for me (who lives in the body of an elder with a very strong heart of a child) to sit and avidly listen to a story - told, not read - by a once-professional storyteller. True joy. Then there was a bit of being outside and the children running around shortly before we gathered at the large table in the living room, while our neighbor Su Chen and her friend Duncan taught Origami. It was surprising just how well we all did folding and making little boxes and some actually making cranes. The children were very patient along with their parents, as it was clear we were all beginners. Then we ate a beautifully prepared vegan meal (our wonderful residents did it all) outside on the back deck. The weather was balmy and lovely. The children were buzzing with a kind of excitement as they found others their own age and began roaming about, carrying sticks, ready to get into the woods! Read more [...]