Thursday, June 5, 2014

Zen Mountain Monastery

Location:   Mount Tremper
Year:   1980

Zen Mountain Monastery, also known as Doshinji (Temple of the Way of The Mind) is a Zen Buddhist monastery on a 230-acre forested property in the Catskill Mountains. It was founded by John Daido Loori Roshi, a student of Hakuyu Taizan Roshi, the founder of the White Plum Asanga, and is the parent house of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO),  an umbrella organization inspired by the teachings of Zen Master Dogen as found in his interpretations of the "Mountains and Rivers Sutra." The monastery has full-time residents, part-time residents, regularly scheduled retreats and Zen services, and Zen cultural activities. The monastery was originally built as Camp Wapanachki in the 1930s. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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