About Windhorse Zen Community

Rooted in the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC, 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 embody it in the context of daily activities and relationships.

The teachers at Windhorse, Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, were ordained and sanctioned by Roshi Philip Kapleau. Training at Windhorse blends the strengths of both the Rinzai and Soto schools, using breath, open awareness and koan inquiry. 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 hidden mindstates that can undermine one’s dharma work.

Recognizing the vital role of community, we set a high value on sangha as the living expression of Zen teaching and practice. Along with daily meditation, weekly Sunday programs and regular sesshin (retreats), Windhorse offers residential training that gives people the chance to immerse themselves in Zen practice for longer or shorter periods of time.