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.
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.
"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
Summer Zazen Practice Days
3 dates of meditation and online group practice following our usual Saturday Morning Lectures.
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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 Page for the the complete, monthly and weekly events. Also, visit our YouTube channel for recorded teachings and events.