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.

"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

Upcoming Events
Saturday Morning Guest Lecturers
9:30 am-11:00 am
Join us each week on Zoom

Tuesday Study Group
begins September 27th

Click Here for More Info
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As a precaution against the spread of Covid-19,  Great Tree remains closed to the public until further notice.  In-person events will be announced and participants must RSVP.

Be on the lookout for email up updates. Sign up below.  Visit our Ongoing Schedule  and the Calendar and the Special Events Pages for the the complete, monthly and weekly events.  Also, visit our YouTube channel for recorded teachings and events.

Being of service is practice in and of itself

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