6:30 Sutra Recitation
7:00 Individual Study Period
8:00 Oryoki Breakfast (three bowl meal)
9:00 Work Meeting & Work
2:30 Work Meeting & Work
10:00 Lights out
As a resident, you are expected to fully participate in the daily schedule.
The minimum stay for residency is one year. If you are interested in a shorter stay, please inquire about student or volunteer programs.
You will be housed in a single room. During the summer guest season, it may be necessary for you to live in one of our resident tents for up to eight weeks.
You will receive room and board in exchange for your participation in sustaining the daily life at the Center. After having lived with us for at least six months, a small stipend can be considered.
If you are interested in our residency program, of course, we have to get to know each other first. It is a big decision! And therefore, we are going to ask for several steps in the application process:
1. Please contact our office. Laurie, our Guest Manager, will send you an application form.
2. After reviewing your application, we will invite you to a zoom call.
3. If there is a good mutual feeling, we ask that you visit us for an in-person retreat.
4. After you have lived with us for at least three weeks, we will together consider your residency.
You will have the opportunity to discuss your practice with our Head Teacher, Zentatsu Baker Roshi. However, since Baker Roshi lives in Germany for half of the year, most of your contact will be with our Senior Practice Instructors Genzan Brian DeCamp and Seishin Laurie Nusbaum.
From January through April you will participate in the traditional 90-day Practice Period, a time of ‚peaceful abiding‘. The Monastery will be closed for guests during this time. From May through October, there will be weekend sitting intensives (Zazenkai) during most months. With a few exceptions during the height of our Summer Guest Programs, there will also be weekly lectures, and opportunities for exchange about practice. During this time, we will open our facilities to to welcome external retreat leaders and their groups. Your help will be needed in accommodating these retreats. In November and through the first half of December, there will be a Zen Study Month and our annual 7-day Sesshin. You will receive study material and for individual study, as well as a curriculum to learn about foundational views of the Zen School, basic teachings, and practices.