Calendar

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Thursday Morning Sangha 6:00 am
Thursday Morning Sangha
Nov 1 @ 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
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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November Sesshin: the Middle Way Is Not a Compromise 5:30 pm
November Sesshin: the Middle Way Is Not a Compromise
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm
November Sesshin:  the Middle Way Is Not a Compromise @ Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Rev. Chimyo Atkinson 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
Nov 6 @ 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
Nov 6 @ 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
Nov 8 @ 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
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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Saturday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Saturday Morning Zazen
Nov 10 @ 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
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Community Work Day 1:30 pm
Community Work Day
Nov 10 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai 1:30 pm
Okesa Sewing – Fukudenkai
Nov 10 @ 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
Nov 13 @ 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
Nov 13 @ 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
Nov 15 @ 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
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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Saturday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Saturday Morning Zazen
Nov 17 @ 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
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Community Work Day 1:30 pm
Community Work Day
Nov 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 
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Zen. What Is It? 10:30 am
Zen. What Is It?
Nov 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Zen.  What Is It? @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Monthly meditation and lectures.  Great for those new to Zen or just wanting to learn more.  Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich and Great Tree lay teachers. Jan. 21  – John Hermann Feb. 18 – Don Seido Wilkerson of Charlotte Zen Meditation Society Mar.18 – Rev. Shogen Chris Sheehey Apr. 15 – Randal Daigu Pride of Zen Center of Asheville May 20 – Rev. Teijo Munnich Jun. 17 – Rev. Chimyo Atkinson Jul. 15 – Rev. Teijo Munnich Oct. 21 – Renee Ethridge Nov. 18 – Rev. Chimyo Atkinson      
Yoga Workshop 2:00 pm
Yoga Workshop
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Yoga Workshop @ Great Tree | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Monthly yoga workshop series at Great Tree. 3rd Sunday of Nov. – The Yoga of Sitting with Cindy Dollar
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Tuesday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen
Nov 20 @ 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
Nov 20 @ 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
Nov 22 @ 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
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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Saturday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Saturday Morning Zazen
Nov 24 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Please note that Saturda practice days will not be held on weekends during sesshins or other special retreats.  
Rev. Daigaku Rumme Guest Lecturer 9:30 am
Rev. Daigaku Rumme Guest Lecturer
Nov 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Rev. Daigaku Rumme Guest Lecturer @ Great Tree Zen Temple | Alexander | North Carolina | United States
Rev. Daigaku Rumme, leader of Confluence Zen Center in St. Louis, MO will visit us in November. Rev. Rummé was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1950. He was ordained a Soto priest by Sekkei Harada Roshi in 1978. For more than twenty-seven years, he practiced under Sekkei Harada Roshi at Hosshin-ji Monastery in Fukui, Japan.   From 2003, through 2010 he  served as Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office and Head Priest of Zenshuji Soto Temple in Los Angeles.  In April 2015, he resigned from his position in Los Angeles and moved to St. Louis where he heads Confluence Zen Center.  Rev. Rumme is the translator of the Essence of Zen and, with Heiko Narrog, Unfathomable Depths, both by  Sekkei Harada Roshi, and published byWisdom Publications.
Saturday Zazen & Lecture 9:30 am
Saturday Zazen & Lecture
Nov 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Community Work Day 1:30 pm
Community Work Day
Nov 24 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 
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Tuesday Morning Zazen 6:00 am
Tuesday Morning Zazen
Nov 27 @ 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
Nov 27 @ 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
Nov 29 @ 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
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening meditation.
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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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