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Rohatsu Sesshin 5:30 pm
Rohatsu Sesshin
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm
Rohatsu Sesshin @ Great Tree Zen Temple
Annual sesshin in honor of Shayamuni Buddha’s enlightenment A sesshin (Japanese for “collecting the heart-mind”) is an intensive meditation retreat.  A sesshin typically lasts from two to seven days. During sesshin,  most of the time is devoted to meditation, and distraction is reduced.   Participants are asked keep silence , as much as possible, throughout the sesshin and to maintain a meditative focus throughout.  We follow a semi-monastic schedule during sesshin based on Soto traditions dating back to the time of Dogen Zenji, the founder of this school of Zen.   The schedule includes: Zazen (sitting meditation) Kinhin (walking meditation) Mindful work in the kitchen, building or grounds Participants are asked to share kitchen duties, cooking or clean-up Dokusan (private interview with the teacher).
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Tuesday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen
Dec 4 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Morning zazen and service. 6:00 am     Zazen 6:40          Kinhin 6:50           Zazen 7:30           Morning service.
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville 7:00 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville @ Zen Center of Asheville | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Weekly meditation and Dharma lectures with Rev. Teijo Munnich or members of the sangha.  Check the ZCA website for the schedule of speakers.
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Thursday Morning Sangha 6:00 am
Thursday Morning Sangha
Dec 6 @ 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday Morning Sangha @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Weekly early morning meditation and morning service followed by informal breakfast, chosan (tea and reading from the Shobogenzo), and work practice.  You may attend all or any part of the morning. 
Thursday Evening Zazen 6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Zazen
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale 12:00 pm
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Buddha's Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration:   December 8 & 9, 15 & 16   12 pm to 6 pm each day. Our annual celebration and holiday crafts sale.  This year we’re holding it 2 weekends at Great Tree in Alexander, NC. Holiday gifts created by local crafts persons and special baked goods on sale.  Drop by between 12 pm and 6 pm each day to browse our collection of one-of-a-kind gift items. Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony  led by Teijo Munnich, Saturday 12/8 at 2pm Donate for a Plate Sangha Dinner 12/8 at 4pm Tea & Dharma with Teijo 12/15 @ 2pm  followed by Storytelling with Art Shindo Mandler 12/15 All proceeds from sales and donations go towards funding Great Tree’s progams.
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Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale 12:00 pm
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Buddha's Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration:   December 8 & 9, 15 & 16   12 pm to 6 pm each day. Our annual celebration and holiday crafts sale.  This year we’re holding it 2 weekends at Great Tree in Alexander, NC. Holiday gifts created by local crafts persons and special baked goods on sale.  Drop by between 12 pm and 6 pm each day to browse our collection of one-of-a-kind gift items. Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony  led by Teijo Munnich, Saturday 12/8 at 2pm Donate for a Plate Sangha Dinner 12/8 at 4pm Tea & Dharma with Teijo 12/15 @ 2pm  followed by Storytelling with Art Shindo Mandler 12/15 All proceeds from sales and donations go towards funding Great Tree’s progams.
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Tuesday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen
Dec 11 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Morning zazen and service. 6:00 am     Zazen 6:40          Kinhin 6:50           Zazen 7:30           Morning service.
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville 7:00 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville @ Zen Center of Asheville | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Weekly meditation and Dharma lectures with Rev. Teijo Munnich or members of the sangha.  Check the ZCA website for the schedule of speakers.
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Thursday Morning Sangha 6:00 am
Thursday Morning Sangha
Dec 13 @ 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday Morning Sangha @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Weekly early morning meditation and morning service followed by informal breakfast, chosan (tea and reading from the Shobogenzo), and work practice.  You may attend all or any part of the morning. 
Thursday Evening Zazen 6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Zazen
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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Saturday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Saturday Morning Zazen
Dec 15 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Please note that Saturda practice days will not be held on weekends during sesshins or other special retreats.  
Saturday Zazen & Lecture 9:30 am
Saturday Zazen & Lecture
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale 12:00 pm
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Buddha's Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration:   December 8 & 9, 15 & 16   12 pm to 6 pm each day. Our annual celebration and holiday crafts sale.  This year we’re holding it 2 weekends at Great Tree in Alexander, NC. Holiday gifts created by local crafts persons and special baked goods on sale.  Drop by between 12 pm and 6 pm each day to browse our collection of one-of-a-kind gift items. Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony  led by Teijo Munnich, Saturday 12/8 at 2pm Donate for a Plate Sangha Dinner 12/8 at 4pm Tea & Dharma with Teijo 12/15 @ 2pm  followed by Storytelling with Art Shindo Mandler 12/15 All proceeds from sales and donations go towards funding Great Tree’s progams.
Community Work Day 1:30 pm
Community Work Day
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai 1:30 pm
Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Okesa Sewing - Fukudenkai @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Sewing Okesa (Buddha’s robe) is a Soto tradition.   We are currently sewing a 25-jo (row) kesa for Rev. Munnich to be worn for her Shinsanshiki (Mountain Seat Ceremony) in the Fall of 2019.  This is a long-term project and needs many hands to insure that the robe is completed in time for the ceremony.  If you are interested in leaning about the kesa sewing tradition or just like hand sewing join us on most Saturday afternoons anytime after lunch.   The Okesa sewing group will not meet during sesshin or when there are other events scheduled so please be sure to check the calendar. Also, if you are sewing a rakusu in preparation for taking the precepts (you don’t have to be taking them at Great Tree) and need some bring your rakusu and your questions to one of these session and we are happy…
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Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale 12:00 pm
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Buddha's Enlightenment Celebration & Crafts Sale @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Buddha’s Enlightenment Celebration:   December 8 & 9, 15 & 16   12 pm to 6 pm each day. Our annual celebration and holiday crafts sale.  This year we’re holding it 2 weekends at Great Tree in Alexander, NC. Holiday gifts created by local crafts persons and special baked goods on sale.  Drop by between 12 pm and 6 pm each day to browse our collection of one-of-a-kind gift items. Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony  led by Teijo Munnich, Saturday 12/8 at 2pm Donate for a Plate Sangha Dinner 12/8 at 4pm Tea & Dharma with Teijo 12/15 @ 2pm  followed by Storytelling with Art Shindo Mandler 12/15 All proceeds from sales and donations go towards funding Great Tree’s progams.
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Tuesday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen
Dec 18 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Morning zazen and service. 6:00 am     Zazen 6:40          Kinhin 6:50           Zazen 7:30           Morning service.
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville 7:00 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville @ Zen Center of Asheville | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Weekly meditation and Dharma lectures with Rev. Teijo Munnich or members of the sangha.  Check the ZCA website for the schedule of speakers.
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Thursday Morning Sangha 6:00 am
Thursday Morning Sangha
Dec 20 @ 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday Morning Sangha @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Weekly early morning meditation and morning service followed by informal breakfast, chosan (tea and reading from the Shobogenzo), and work practice.  You may attend all or any part of the morning. 
Thursday Evening Zazen 6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Zazen
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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Saturday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Saturday Morning Zazen
Dec 22 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Please note that Saturda practice days will not be held on weekends during sesshins or other special retreats.  
Saturday Zazen & Lecture 9:30 am
Saturday Zazen & Lecture
Dec 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Community Work Day 1:30 pm
Community Work Day
Dec 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai 1:30 pm
Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai
Dec 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Okesa Sewing - Fukudenkai @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Sewing Okesa (Buddha’s robe) is a Soto tradition.   We are currently sewing a 25-jo (row) kesa for Rev. Munnich to be worn for her Shinsanshiki (Mountain Seat Ceremony) in the Fall of 2019.  This is a long-term project and needs many hands to insure that the robe is completed in time for the ceremony.  If you are interested in leaning about the kesa sewing tradition or just like hand sewing join us on most Saturday afternoons anytime after lunch.   The Okesa sewing group will not meet during sesshin or when there are other events scheduled so please be sure to check the calendar. Also, if you are sewing a rakusu in preparation for taking the precepts (you don’t have to be taking them at Great Tree) and need some bring your rakusu and your questions to one of these session and we are happy…
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Tuesday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen
Dec 25 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Morning zazen and service. 6:00 am     Zazen 6:40          Kinhin 6:50           Zazen 7:30           Morning service.
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville 7:00 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville
Dec 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville @ Zen Center of Asheville | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Weekly meditation and Dharma lectures with Rev. Teijo Munnich or members of the sangha.  Check the ZCA website for the schedule of speakers.
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Thursday Morning Sangha 6:00 am
Thursday Morning Sangha
Dec 27 @ 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday Morning Sangha @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Weekly early morning meditation and morning service followed by informal breakfast, chosan (tea and reading from the Shobogenzo), and work practice.  You may attend all or any part of the morning. 
Thursday Evening Zazen 6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Zazen
Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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New Year Sesshin 5:30 pm
New Year Sesshin
Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm
New Year Sesshin @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
End of the year sesshin.    
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Saturday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Saturday Morning Zazen
Dec 29 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Please note that Saturda practice days will not be held on weekends during sesshins or other special retreats.  
Saturday Zazen & Lecture 9:30 am
Saturday Zazen & Lecture
Dec 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Community Work Day 1:30 pm
Community Work Day
Dec 29 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 
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Ringing in the New Year – 108 Bells! 7:00 pm
Ringing in the New Year – 108 Bells!
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Join us as we celebrate on New Years Eve with the ringing of 108 bells at the temple.  Meditation and a New Year’s Ceremony that includes traditional chanting and bell ringing and a midnight feast.  All ages welcome.   RSVP by email at info@greattreetemple.org or call 828-645-2085.

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