Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-Ji
Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery, opened on July 4, 1976. Located on the banks of the highest lake in the Catskills amid 1,400 acres of forest and meadows in the Catskill Mountains Preserve, Dai Bosatsu Zendo offers an inspiring setting for Zen practice. Traditional residential monastic training periods and retreats are offered to serious lay and ordained Zen students of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Here they are given the opportunity to actualize realization and understanding through deep, introspective inquiry. Training includes koan work, sesshin (long retreats), dokusan (spiritual guidance) and teisho (Dharma teaching), and is centered around the discipline of structured daily zazen and work, with the guidance of Abbot Shinge Sherry Chayat and the support of the Sangha.
The Monastic Academy
The Monastic Academy is a full-time residential program that provides deep and rigorous training aimed at classical enlightenment, along with the tools to effect social and environmental justice and allow the flourishing of life. It is designed to create wise, powerful, and loving leaders who are an unstoppable force for social and environmental peace on Earth.
As a Resident you learn the vast array of skills required to be an impeccable leader and train in deep insight, universal compassion, and bring these qualities into your life.
The Monastic Academy brings the power of education and business skills together with the wisdom and compassion of a monastery.
Zen Mountain Monastery
The Mountains and Rivers Order is a Western Zen Buddhist lineage established by the late John Daido Loori Roshi and dedicated to sharing the dharma as it has been passed down, generation to generation, since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. Since ancient times, monasteries have been places where seekers could delve deeply into the deepest questions of life and death. Built in the 1920s and 30’s, Zen Mountain Monastery was originally a Benedictine monastery and boys’ camp. Now, for over three decades, it has offered practitioners from all walks of life a refuge from a culture of distraction and a way to become immersed in Buddhist teachings and practice. As our founder John Daido Loori described it, the Monastery is “an archive of sanity.”
Our main building houses the Monastery’s meditation hall and dining halls, kitchen, lounge, private rooms for residents, and dormitories for visiting practitioners. Our Sangha House acts as a community center with a performance hall, library, art studio and gym, as well as the Monastery Store. These and other buildings rest on 250 acres of protected woodlands that are home to an extraordinary variety of plant and animal life. In 1995, the Monastery’s main building was named a national and state historic landmark.
Training is guided by the abbot, Shugen Roshi, and head-priest Hojin Sensei, both longtime monastics with decades of experience between them.