The Way of Zen: A Teaching Ahead of Its Time

Our vision at Windhorse is quite simple: to offer up a way and place for like-minded individuals to join together in this most mysterious process of exploring the depths of mind itself. Zen Buddhism has ancient roots, and a remarkable power to empower and transform not only ourselves but also others and the world.

We realize that people come to this practice with a need and yearning for connection with something that’s often shadow-like and hard to define. We’re also aware that this inward journey, like all worthwhile endeavors, can be challenging at times, calling – especially now – for courage and resolve. We’ve also seen how the rich, dynamic silence of sustained and intensified practice opens the heart-mind, putting us in touch with our own intrinsic wisdom and compassionate understanding. In the words of Zen Master Dogen, “The aim of the Buddha Way--if we can speak of an aim at all--is a tender heart.”

Windhorse was founded by Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede in 1999. Both teachers are dharma heirs of Roshi Philip Kapleau, and each has been practicing Zen for over 45 years. Since 2004 their primary training center has been located in western North Carolina, about twenty minutes north of Asheville, on 16 acres of woods and fields and a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (read more...)