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Practice Periods

A 3-month practice period at Great Tree is a time to renew one’s commitment to personal and sangha meditation practice.  Great Tree offers practice periods in sprng and fall each year. 

To join the practice period you must contact Rev. Munnich and set up a time for dokusan (teacher-student interview) during which you will discuss the activities you will commit to attending during the period. These may include attending a study group, participating in scheduled meditations at Great Tree or another sitting group weekly, attending one or more sesshins during the period, or other options as determined during your conversation with Rev. Munnich. Practice periods begin and end with a Practice Period Tea usually at 7:30 pm on the evenings of the begin and end dates of the practice period except when noted.


For more information or to contact Rev. Munnich to sign up for a period, contact Great Tree at info@greattreetemple.org or call 828-645-2085.

 "…a practice period is the skin, flesh, bones and marrow, as well as the mind, consciousness, and body of the buddha ancestors. Practice period is the top of the head, the eye of the fist, the nostrils, and the buddha-nature circle drawn in the air, as well as the whisk, the wooden staff, the bamboo stick, and the sitting mat of buddha ancestors. Practice period is neither creating something new nor reusing something old."


             Dogen, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

Fall Practice Period 2021

Returning to Silence

September 29 to December 15 


All participants asked to


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

Make a personal practice commitment


Commit  to weekly study group ( meeting time to be determined by participants)


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