♦ Upcoming Special Events♦

Tuesday Study Group-Spring – Weekly
Apr 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm



The Tuesday  Study Group led by Rev. Teijo Munnich begins with a period of meditation followed by reading and discussion of writings of Dogen Zenji and others.   Weekly readings are chosen and assigned by Rev. Munnich.  You may join the study group at any time and participate as your schedule allows.  To get reading assigments and updates from Teijo go to our CONTACT page and leave a message.

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self.  To study the self is to forget the self” –Dogen Zenji, trans. Okumura

Tuesday Evening Talks at Zen Center of Asheville
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Weekly meditation and Dharma lectures with Rev. Teijo Munnich or members of the sangha.  Check the ZCA website for the schedule of speakers.

Thursday Morning Sangha
Apr 26 @ 6:00 am – 11:30 am

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. 

Saturday Sangha
Apr 28 @ 6:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please note that Saturday Sangha practice days will not be held on weekends during sesshins or other special retreats.  

Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai
Apr 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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 to assist you.

Read about the Fukudenkai (Buddhist robe sewing) tradition >>

Family Meditation
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Flower Festival (Hanamatsuri)
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

A ceremony potluck party celebrating the Buddha’s Birthday.  Bring flowers to adorn the special altar to the baby Buddha and bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch.


Tuesday Morning Zazen
May 1 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am

Morning zazen and service.

6:00 am     ZazenYouth meditation at GTZT

6:40          Kinhin

6:50           Zazen

7:30           Morning service.

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