The Center

This beautiful center in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains was hand-built in 1985 by Philip Kapleau Roshi and a number of his students. The building was designed to follow the layout of a traditional Japanese zendo, while incorporating elements of Southwestern architecture, such as its viga beams and straw-and-adobe walls. We have Japanese tan (a kind of platform) running around the walls and a variety of the traditional drums and bells of a Zen temple. It stands on a hillside just above the city of Santa Fe amid juniper and piñon trees.

We have four cabins and are able to sleep around 20 people during our sesshins.

We have some two dozen acres of beautiful land around the center. This is a special place, right on the edge of the official city boundary of Santa Fe, within three miles of downtown, where the trees, cactus, plants and rocks, and the numerous wildlife, have hardly been disturbed by humanity. As we sit in our zendo we can feel very intimate with the nature around us. Bobcat, deer, hawk, coyote, rabbit, jackrabbit, snake, elk and many birds frequent this land.

We offer meditation classes and orientation to the zendo at all our sitting times, and have a weekly Intro to Meditation class on Wednesday evenings and various sesshins through the year. We welcome diversity: the practice of meditation is available here to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability.

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