yoga at Great Tree Zen

An Inclusive Community For All

A Safe and Healthy Environment for the Practice of Zen Buddhism

Welcome to Great Tree Zen Women's Temple

We are located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville North Carolina. Rev. Teijo Munnich, our founder, began to envision the establishment of a residential center for women in 1983. Since that time the vision has expanded and broadened. The name “Great Tree” implies a tree that reaches in many directions and nourishes all beings.

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About Our Temple

The primary purpose of Great Tree Temple is to provide opportunities to enter more deeply into the practice of self-reflection in order to learn to live in peace and harmony with all beings.


Great Tree at times offers short-term residency to women only.  Residency at Great Tree means participating fully in our daily schedule which includes meditation, work practice and study. 

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Our Teacher

Disciple and Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Rev. Teijo Munnich studied with him from 1975 until his death in 1990.

April 24  Rev. Dokai Georgeson
of Hokyoji Zen Practice Community
May 3  Rev. Daitetsu Norman Randolph
of Dharma Fields
May 28-31 Meredith Myoun McIntosh
The Undoing of Doing:  Alexander Technique Applied to Zazen
 Join the Zoom Meeting

As a precaution against the spread of Covid-19,  the Great Tree campus  remains closed to the public until further notice.

Be on the lookout for email updates and check out our ONLINE offerings and EVENTS.

"I would like to encourage women, men and children in the ten directions to join the practice in order to form a good affinity with the Truth of Life."

Rev Teijo Munnich

Being of service is practice in and of itself

Learn about opportunities to serve at the Temple and ways to support through giving.