♦ Upcoming Special Events♦

Below is a calendar listing of our special events and retreats only.  See our calendar page for a full list of daily and monthly activities.

You can click on the event below or go directly to Book Online our online events registration application for registration or RSVP information.  Registration for most events opens 3 months prior to the event.  If you do not see the event you are looking for listed, call us at 828-645-2085 for more information.

Mar 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
An exploration of Thoreau’s legacy with periods of meditation, observation of nature and select readings led by Randal Daigu Pride.
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 2 @ 11:30 am Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich.  Traditional monthly Soto Zen sesshin.  Exploring the bodhisattva precepts.
Apr 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Celebrating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha and the coming of spring.  We decorate the altars with spring blooms, bathe a statue of the baby Buddah and enjoy a potluck meal together.  Fun for all family members.  
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Master of the Ichiyo school of ikebana Norma Bradley.  A long-time student of Thich Nhat Hanh, Norma will guide the class in meditation and the art of traditional Japanese flower arrangement.  Young people are welcome.
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – May 9 @ 11:30 am Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich
May 17 – May 20 all-day Southern Dharma Retreat Center
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich and Meredith Myoun McIntosh.  Zen meditation and instruction in Alexander Technique.  For more information see the Southern Dharma Retreat Center website.
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 11:30 am Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich.  What is meant by “emptiness” (sunyata)?  How is this teaching relevant in the 21st century?
Jun 12 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
For children ages 7 and older.  This retreat includes meditation, chanting, working  and playing together.  Children will have the opportunity to learn to participate in temple ritual, serve formal tea and other forms of gentle meditation practice.  Arts & crafts, outdoor play, nature and friendship.  
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
This two-hour workshop will focus on the Joint-Freeing Yoga series of movements, which was developed by Mukunda Stiles. The series is designed to “move each joint gently and systematically through its full and natural range of motion…[to] enhance joint mobility and…relieve joint pain and stiffness.” It will be a very gentle and relaxing practice.

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