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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 Lecture Series  >>

Special Events Registration

Ongoing Weekly Schedule

In-person events will be indicated and participants must RSVP or register through the website.


Visit our Ongoing Schedule, Calendar or Special Events pages for the complete, monthly and weekly events information and links to registration


Visit our YouTube channel for recorded teachings and events.

Being of Service is Practice

Visiting Great Tree

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Winter Newsletter

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

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