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Events Schedule

Teachers who lead activities at Great Tree offer their services on a dana basis and receive no compensation.  This is why we ask that you show your support  and appreciation for their wisdom and good works at the end of each retreat or workshop by leaving a donation of any amount for our guest speakers.

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Robert Wootton
"Buddhism in Thailand: A personal Story"

September 25, 2021

9:30 am - 11:00 am

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During the Vietnam War Robert Wooten was a Conscientious Objector.  For required Alternative Service he chose to be a teacher in Thailand and lived a total of 6 years there, learned the language, and was fortunate to study with several Buddhist teachers who influenced his life.  He also learned Thai Massage which he still practices and teaches.  This year is the 50th anniversary of his going to Thailand, which has been the most formative event in his life.  While he has since studied with a number of teachers from other spiritual traditions, his Thai teachers and the Thai Culture hold a big place in his heart.  He wants to pay tribute to them in this talk.
Robert’s story of getting the Conscientious Objector status and going to Thailand is on his website:  https://table-thai.com/about-robert/ Scroll down to "What lead me to Thailand".

210713

Family Meditation

How to Calm Your Inner Monster

September 26, 2021

10:30 am - 11:30 am

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5232119427 


 

 

 

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Peggy Rowe Ward
"I Have Arrived.  I Am Home"

 

 

October 9,  2021

9:30 am to 11:30 am

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Peggy Rowe Ward grew up in the lake country of Wisconsin and has a strong connection with woods, lakes and the natural world.

Peggy has her doctorate in Adult Education and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She serves on the faculty of a graduate program in Mindful Leadership at Atlantic University. She has also studied and practiced with many wise Native American elders.

Peggy met Thich Nhat Hanh in 1991, became a lay minister in 1994 and an ordained Dharma teacher in 2000. She and spouse Larry joined Thich Nhat Hanh in international exchanges throughout the world and served as staff for 20 years.

210713

Introduction to Zen Meditation

with Rev. Teijo Munnich & Ann Mahoney

October 17, 2021

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5232119427 


An introduction to Zen practice for everyone.  

 

 

 

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Meredith McIntoshi
"Zazen On & Off the Cushion

 

October 30,  2021

9:30 am to 11:30 am

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 When the bell rings it means to bow and rise from the zafu (cushion) AND continue zazen. How do we continue zazen? If we care about ALL moments, we will be as present in them as we are when we've reached a "goal".This kind of care for ourselves can bring a sense of freedom to choose how we move, how we think and how we respond. 

210713

Zen & Body Awareness Retreat

with Meredith Myoun McIntosh
and Rev. Teijo Munnich

 

November 5  through November 7, 2021

ONLINE & IN-PERSON Options for participation available.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SCHEDULE

 To register click  BOOKWHEN 

In this retreat we will consider the physical aspects of the practice of zazen. Often, in an effort to be “good” meditators, we pull in, thrust up and arrive at a narrowed
concentration. Furthering this effortful state, we hold our “posture”. When we learn to recognize these patterns of
tension and how to redirect them into whole body coordination, we experience a lightness and ease in any activity including our zazen practice. We will start Friday evening with a brief introduction and
30 minutes of zazen. Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons will include 20 minutes zazen, 1.5 hours of Alexander Technique exploration followed by 20
minutes of zazen. Evenings there will be 30 minutes of zazen just after dinner. In the 1.5 hours of Alexander time, Meredith will teach general Alexander principles,
simple anatomy as well as work with 2-3 individuals as interest and time allows.

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Rev. Byakuren Judith Ragir
"The 4 Noble Truths, 3 Bases & the 8-Fold Path

 

November 20,  2021

9:30 am to 11:30 am

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5232119427 

 

Rev Byakuren (White Lotus) Judith Ragir is the Senior Dharma Teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center. She studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi from 1973-1990 at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Following his death in 1990, Judith was instrumental in founding the Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul where she was a senior teacher for nine years. In December 2007, Joen Snyder-O’Neal, of Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center, bestowed on Judith Dharma Transmission, the authorization to teach. This transmission is in Katagiri Roshi’s lineage. She was the Guiding teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center from 2006-2015.

Byakuren has a background in bodywork and healing which includes having been a professional modern dancer and a doctor of Oriental medicine using acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbs. She lives in the woods with her husband and has two grown sons

210713

Introduction to Zen Meditation

with Rev. Teijo Munnich & Ann Mahoney

September 19, 2021

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5232119427 


An introduction to Zen practice for everyone.  

 

 

 

210713

"From Cushion to Page"

"Zen & Writing "
with Peggy Tabor Millin
and Rev. Teijo Munnich

Friday, October 1. to Monday , October 4, 2021

Limited to 12 participants

ONLINE 

for Women Only

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SCHEDULE

 To register click  BOOKWHEN 

Friday, October 1. 7:00 pm-9:00 to Monday , October 4, 2021,  9:30 am—12:30 pm

Limited to 12 participants

Sponsored by Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple and Co-Led by Teijo Munnich, Dharma Teacher at Great Tree and by Peggy Tabor Millin, writing teacher and author of Women Writing, and Soul-Making

 

Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron, wrote “We don’t meditate to become better meditators. We meditate to become more aware of our lives.”  Similarly, writing is a spiritual journey of self-exploration. No matter what we write it is ourself that shows up on the page.

During this retreat, you will have opportunities through guided meditation and writing to prompts to dive deep into the creative well of your life to tell the stories that are yours to tell.  We will meet on Zoom as a circle to meditate, write, and share. Between circles, you will have self-structured time to write, rest, walk, or gaze out the window.

210713

Zazen Practice Day 

Online
October 16, 2021

9:30 am to 4:30 pm (see full schedule below)

Join us for a full day of Zen practice including our regular Saturday Morning lecture.  

 

Jon the Zoom Metting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5232119427

The Schedule 

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9:30 am      Zazen

10:00  11:00 am Lecture
11:10            Break
11:50            Zazen
11:50 - 1pm  Lunch 
1:00               Zazen
1:40               Kinhin
1:50               Zazen
2:30               Break
3:00               Zazen
3:40               Kinhin
3:50               Zazen
4:30               Ends

 

 

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Liliane Myoren Papin
"Body & Emotions"

 

October 23,  2021

9:30 am to 11:30 am

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Liliane Papin, Ph.D, D.O.M (NM 1984), Lic. Ac.

Liliane is a Franco-American writer and teacher of Chinese medicine, which she describes as an ecological medicine particularly suited to our times.

She practices and teaches acupuncture, herbology, Qi gong and dietary therapy.

She presently resides in France where the confinement has kept her for a while.

Her books :

“Les Trésors de la Médecine chinoise pour le Monde d’Aujourd’hui” (“The Treasures of Chinese Medicine for Today’s World”) Trédaniel, 2015

“Le Grand Livre de la Médecine Taoïste, Spécial Immunité” (The Great Book of Daoist Medicine, Immunity Special Edition”, 2021, Editions Leduc.

210713

Family Meditation

"Hungry Ghosts"

October 31, 2021

10:30 am - 11:30 am

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5232119427 


 

 

 

210713

Zazen Practice Day 

Online
November 13, 2021

9:30 am to 4:30 pm (see full schedule below)

Join us for a full day of Zen practice including our regular Saturday Morning lecture.  

 

Jon the Zoom Metting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5232119427

The Schedule 

( Click here for a printable version)

9:30 am      Zazen

10:00  11:00 am Lecture
11:10            Break
11:50            Zazen
11:50 - 1pm  Lunch 
1:00               Zazen
1:40               Kinhin
1:50               Zazen
2:30               Break
3:00               Zazen
3:40               Kinhin
3:50               Zazen
4:30               Ends

 

 

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Rev. Teijo Munnich
"Transformation Through Play"

 

October 2, 2021

9:30 am - 11:00 am

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A morning lecture from Abbess Teijo Munnich.

210713

Fall Practice Period Begins

September 29-December 15

 Practice Period theme: Returning to Silence

 

All participants are asked to

  • Attend Practice Period Tea: Wednesday, September 29   - 7 p.m.:

  • Make a personal practice commitment

  • Committ  to weekly meditation & study group; day (meeting time to be determined by participants.)

  • Attend Closing Tea Wednesday December 15 - 7 p.m.

 

For more information or to sign up, contact::  teijo@greattreetemple.org

 

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Paige Kanko Gilchrist
“Steadiness and Ease”

 

October 16,  2021

9:30 am to 11:30 am

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A longtime practitioner of Zen meditation and yoga, Paige is now gracing the Asheville yoga scene with her dynamic teaching style.  Her gentle flow classes have a way of meeting you where you are.  She creates an environment that fosters deep awareness, where you feel comfortable challenging yourself at your own pace and level.

Paige also leads private groups, workshops, and retreats, and has long been involved in sharing yoga with those who are incarcerated. She’s a lead teacher in Asheville Yoga Center’s 200-hr teacher training program, a regular teacher on the Insight Timer meditation app, and produces a long-running podcast—Embodied Meditation—free audio practices featuring gentle yoga sequences, guided relaxations, and meditations.

She completed her foundational yoga teacher training and earned advanced certification in therapeutic yoga with a wonderful collective of teachers led by Stephanie Keach at Asheville Yoga Center. She has been a longtime student of Rev. Teijo Munnich at Great Tree Zen Temple. And she currently studies the full spectrum of Hindu Dharma with Kaya Mindlin.

210713

Forest Bathing

with Brook Genry Reynolds

 

October 24,  2021

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Limited to; 5 registered, vaccinated participants; it will be mostly outside, but bring a mask

To register go to BOOKWHEN

 

Brook Genryu Reynolds has been practicing at Great Tree for many years. In addition to her study and practice of Zen Buddhism, being in nature has been an integral part of her personal growth and healing. During the pandemic, she completed her certification as a nature and forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Through her guidance, participants will be invited to use their senses to explore the nearby nature of the temple grounds at Great Tree. There will be time for walking, sitting, silence, sharing, and tea.

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Rev. Teijo Munnich
"Body Awareness & Spiritual Practice

 

November 6,  2021

9:30 am to 11:30 am

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 Rev. Teijo Munnich speaks on the role of body awareness in Zen practice

210713

Saturday Morning Lecture

Rev. Shohaku Okumura
"Ryokan Interpreted"

 

November 13,  2021

9:30 am to 11:30 am

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Rev Shōhaku Okumura is a Japanese Sōtō Zen priest and the founder and abbot of the Sanshin Zen Community located in Bloomington, Indiana, where he and his family currently live. From 1997 until 2010, Okumura also served as Director of the Sōtō Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco, California, which is an administrative office of the Sōtō school of Japan.

 

Shōhaku was born in Osaka, Japan in 1948. He received his education at Komazawa University in Tokyo, Japan,[2] where he studied Zen Buddhism. On December 8, 1970, Okumura was ordained at Antaiji by his teacher Kōshō Uchiyama, where he practiced until Uchiyama retired in 1975.[3]

Following Uchiyama's wishes,[2] Okumura traveled to the United States where he co-founded Valley Zendo in Massachusetts[4] and continued Uchiyama's style of zazen practice there until 1981.[4] In that year, he returned to Japan and began translating the writings of Uchiyama and Eihei Dōgen from Japanese into English. He spent some time teaching at Kyoto Sōtō Zen Center.[5]

After returning to the United States, Okumura was a teacher at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1993[1] to 1996[6] and then founded the Sanshin Zen Community in 1996.[7]

Okumura's daughter, Yoko Okumura, made a short documentary film entitled Sit described as "a film about purpose in life, seen through the eyes of a Buddhist monk and his son."[8] The film explores how Okumura's Buddhism affected his parenting and the results it had on Yoko and her brother Masaki.[9]

he and his family currently live. From 1997 until 2010, Okumura also served as Director of the Sōtō Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco, California, which is an administrative office of the Sōtō school of Japan.