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September 27, 2018—September 30, 2018

Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace: Meditation Retreat and Jukai

Zen is designed to help us embrace the difficulties of existence and face the challenges of being human. It includes a deep critique of any religious/ideological system that promises an escape from doubt and anxiety. Through practice, we see the true tyranny that the pursuit of certainty and satisfaction creates (by feeding the very problems the pursuit promises to fix). 

Instead, Zen helps to transform the doubts and difficulties of daily life into a fuel that ignites a journey into the depth and density of life. The Precepts, as presented in Zen training, help us resolutely confront our brokenness, joyfully embrace unknowing, and courageously face the difficulties of life. How can we tarry with the antagonisms of existence, the only way forward that likely enables transformation in the personal and political world? With this we will sit, study, and engage. 

Please Note: This retreat will be held in silence, with emphasis on the radical and simple Buddhist precepts – the practice of a Bodhisattva. The retreat will include talks, private meetings with Sensei, and a vows ceremony on Sunday.


Bonnie Myotai Treace is the founder of Hermitage Heart Zen. During her two decades of monastic life within the Mountains and Rivers Order, she served as the Vice-Abbess of Zen Mountain Monastery and Abbess of the Zen Center of New York City. Some of her publications include Winter Moon and Empty Branches, in the “Season of Zen Teachings” series. She teaches now in Asheville, North Carolina and in New York City. 

Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Double Room
Single Room SOLD OUT
Total Fees by Room Choice.