Zen Mountain Monastery

Zen Mountain Monastery

Infobox Buddhist temple
name = Zen Mountain Monastery

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denomination = Mountains and Rivers Order (Zen)
founded = 1980
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founder = John Daido Loori
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director =
roshi = John Daido Loori
abbot = Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
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reverend =
address = P.O.Box 197 Mount Tremper, New York 12457
country = flagicon|USA United States
phone = (845) 688-2228
website = [http://www.mro.org/ www.mro.org/]

Zen Mountain Monastery (or, Doshinji) is a Zen Buddhist monastery and training center on a 250-acre forested property in the Catskill Mountains in Mount Tremper, New York. It was founded in 1980 by John Daido Loori, Roshi, and serves as the main house of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism, also founded by Daido Roshi in 1980. It combines the Rinzai and Soto Zen traditions, in both of which Daido Roshi received Dharma transmission. Besides Daido Roshi, Zen Mountain Monastery has two additional teachers: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei, who received Dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997, and Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Osho. (Daido Roshi's first dharma heir, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei, founded a new Zen training center, Hermitage Heart, in 2004.)

Zen Mountain Monastery is home to several other monastics and lay residents. Currently, there are twelve monastics living at the monastery. These individuals have taken life vows of simplicity and stability. They do not work outside the monastery, earn money, or have children (some monastics had children and raised them to adulthood before taking vows.) Cybermonk is a senior monastic available through e-mail to answer questions about Zen practice and training at the monastery. To send a message to Cybermonk, email cybermonk@mro.org.

The monastery's schedule includes a Sunday morning program open to the general public and a variety of weekend and week-long Zen training programs, focusing variously on painting, poetry, shakuhachi performance, Zen archery (kyūdō), qigong, and many other activities. Additionally, week-long intensive meditation retreats called sesshin are held monthly.

The monastery grounds are also home to the Zen Environmental Studies Institute and Dharma Communications, which runs The Monastery Store and WZEN.org online radio and publishes "Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner's Journal" and other print, audio, video and online information resources.


ee also

*Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States

External links

* [http://www.mro.org/mro.html Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism]

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