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.
Please inquire by email or phone in advance.