Our ongoing weekly and monthly programs are suitable for those at any level of practice, with opportunities to delve as deeply as you are able. Great Tree is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays (hosan). Some of our ongoing programs may be pre-empted by sesshins or special retreats. Call us at 828-645-2085 or see our updates page for changes in schedule.
Early Morning Zazen – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 6am – 7:30 am. Zazen, kinhin, and morning service.
Evening Zazen – Thursdays 6pm – 7:30 pm. Zazen, kinhin.
TuesdayDogen Study Group –3:30pm-5:30 pm Tuesdays during the spring and fall practice periods. Rev. Munnich leads sessins in the study texts of Dogen Zenji, founder of the Soto Zen School. The sessions begin with meditation followed by readings, writing and discussion. Tea. You may attend at any time and participate in as many sessions as you like. Spring 2017 resumes March 14 through May 30. Fall October 3-December 12.
Thursday Morning Sangha Zazen from 6 – 7:30 am followed by – Breakfast 8:15 – Work Practice 9:30 – 11:30 am – Come for all or part of our early morning program. After zazen the morning continues with formal breakfast (oryoki), morning tea (chosan) and community work (samu).
Daily Schedule – most days, may vary with special events, programs, ceremonies.
Saturday Sangha – Zazen 6 am-7:30am; Breakfast 8:15; 9:30-11;30 am Zazen and Dharma discussion; 11:30- 3:30pm work practice with lunch served at 12:30 pm. You may come for any part of the day. Please RSVP if you would like to join us for lunch. Not scheduled during sesshins or retreats. The Saturday program may be preempted by sesshin or other weekend retreats. See our calendar page or call.
Sangha Sundays – 3rd Sunday of each month unless specified. 9:00 am-10:00 am Restorative Yoga; 10:30-11:30am Zazen and Dharma discussion..
Family Meditation – the last Sunday of each month except in August, September and December.
For more information about lectures and events led by Rev. Teijo Munnich, see the websites below.