Zen. What Is It? Monthly Lecture & Discussion

Zen.  What Is It?

Monthly lecture and Discussion at Great Tree

The 3rd Sunday of each month from 10:30am-12:00pm.

New to Zen or just curious?  Come to our monthly meditation and discussion meeting to ask your questions and learn more. Led by long-time ordained and lay practitioners of Zen this is an opportunity to find out more about Great Tree and our Soto Zen practice.  For those who have been practicing Zen or meditation for a while it’s a good time to make sangha connections and share your practice with others.  The lectures are free and open to the public but a suggested donation of $5.00 for the speaker is appreciated. Go to bookwhen to sign up.  Walk-ins are welcome.

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2018 Leaders:

Rev. Teijo Munnich – May 20,  July 15

Disciple and Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Rev. Teijo Munnich studied with him from 1975 until his death in 1990.  She received formal training at Hokyoji (Catching the Moon Zen Mountain Center) in Minnesota, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California and Hosshinji in Obama, Japan.

In addition to her work in developing Great Tree, Rev. Munnich is Dharma teacher for the Zen Center of Asheville along with Charlotte Zen Meditation Society in Charlotte, North Carolina.



John Hermman – January 21

John Herrmann has been practicing Zen for almost 50 years.  He spent seven years at the Rochester Zen Center with Philip Kapleau Roshi as his teacher.  Leaving there in 1977 he went to India for a year and practiced with Kalu Rimpoche in Darjeeling and Beryl Chintze Rimpoche in Bodhgaya.

In 1978 John met Harada Tangen Roshi in Japan and has been his student ever since.

Formally sanctioned to teach by Tangen Roshi, John has established a Zendo in Woodfin , open to anyone interested.

Don Seido Wilkerson – February 18

Founding member and coordinator of the Charlotte Zen Meditation Society.





Rev. Chris Shogen Sheehey – March 18, October 21

Chris Shogen Sheehey has been a student of Rev. Teijo Munnich since 1997.  He took bodhisattva vows with Teijo in 2001 and monk vows in 2013.  He has lived in Paris France since 2005 where he sits and does sesshin with teachers in the lineages of Deshimaru and Maezumi.  He has also done sesshin with Rev. Shohaku Okamura.  Chris began meditation at age 16 when he was introduced to several forms of meditation including Ignation prayer as a student in an all-male Jesuit high school.  Chris was first exposed to zen Buddhism when he lived in Japan in 1987 and traveled in southeast asia in 1988.  He began searching for a zen teacher in 1991 and began sitting with the Charlotte Zen Meditation Society in 1996 where he met Teijo.


Randal Daigu Pride – April 15

Randal Daigu Pride began meditation practice and informal study of Buddhism in the late 1960s. For 10 years in the ’70s and 80s he lived with his family on the intentional spiritual community in TN known as The Farm whose outreach organization Plenty shared in the first Right Livelihood Award. In 1998 he received the precepts and Bodhisattva vow from Rev. Teijo Munnich and lay investiture from her in 2015. He facilitates study and zazen practice at Zen Center of Asheville and Craggy Correctional Center in Woodfin, NC.


Rev. Chimyo Atkinson – June 17

Chimyo was ordained in 2007 and received Dharma transmission from Rev. Munnich in 2015.  She has been practicing Zen for over 25 years.  She serves as Head of Practice at Great Tree.

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