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Great Tree Zen Women's Temple

Great Tree Zen Temple opened her doors in September of 2005.  We are located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville North Carolina

The primary purpose of Great Tree Temple is to provide opportunities to enter more deeply into the practice of self-reflection in order to learn to live in peace and harmony with all beings. With the awareness that everything cannot be done at once, and that the full realization of this vision may not even happen in our lifetime, it’s important to remember that every step in our development is part of our spiritual practice.

Our mission is to create community, based on teachings of Dogen Zenji  in the Soto Zen tradition, which serves all whose journey brings them to Great Tree.

Great Tree Zen Temple offers Sesshins, Dharma teaching, zazen instruction, family meditation & youth programs in the Soto Zen tradition. Anyone may attend any programs and we have space for sleeping during retreats and workshops. Long and short-term residencies are available for women. We are also in the process of considering an adjacent facility which may in the future serve as a residence for men.

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General information

Temple/ Zen Center/ Dojo Name
Great Tree Zen Women's Temple
Rev.Teijo R. Munnich
679 Lower Flat Creek Rd Alexander NC 28701
828 645-2085
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[by car] 20 minutes by car from Asheville NC, 10 minutes from Weaverville NC
[by airplane] 30 minutes by car from nearest airport

Regular practice

 [Zazen(meditation) / Service]

T, W, Th, Sat, Sun 6 am – 7:30 Zazen
7:30 Choka

 [Sesshin (retreat)]

Sesshin Weekend Feb, Mar, July, 5-day sesshin Jan, April May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec Date
Rakusu Sewing Retreat January
Mother & Child Retreat February
Teen Retreat July
Children's Retreat July
Writing Retreat August
$60 per night

For beginners

Please inquire by email or phone in advance.