Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, located deep in the Ventana Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest, southeast of Carmel California, is the oldest Sōtō Zen Buddhist monastery in the United States.
Sangha week is an opportunity for AZC practitioners to experience together a taste of monastic practice with the full time summer students and other sangha members who will share Tassajara during the week. It will be led by guiding teacher Rev. Choro Antonaccio.
Participants in Sangha Week will attend the full program, Tuesday through Sunday, including morning zazen & service, work-practice, and evening zazen or Dharma events. Four hours of work-practice daily is required of participants.
As Tassajara will not have a regular guest season in 2023, guest housing will be provided to Sangha Week participants. Rooms will be assigned, most single occupancy, however it will be helpful for some participants to share housing with their fellow sangha members. CPAP and other medical needs in regard to housing will be accommodated as much as possible.
Tassajara Reservation Cost: $600 (includes all vegetarian meals & lodging while at Tassajara)
Ground Transportation: Stages (Tassajara SUV shuttle) will be available on a limited basis–for those who cannot drive or carpool in–and will be $75 roundtrip, please indicate if you would like to reserve a seat on the form below
If not taking the stage, participants will rent shared vehicles and split the cost. It is not recommended to take a rental car down the 14 mi. dirt road to Tassajara from the Carmel Valley Rd. unless you have experience.
PLEASE NOTE: All participants are responsible for their own airfare from AUS to SFO. Details of when to arrive and depart from SFO will be provided to confirmed participants.
Tassajara Daily Schedule:
- 5:50am Wake-up bell
- 6:00am Zazen & Service
- 7:30am Breakfast w/students
- 8:30am Work Meeting
- 12:00pm Lunch w/students
- 1-6pm Free time and/or AZC sangha activities
- 4:30pm Bathhouse closed – residents only
- 6:15pm Evening Service (optional)
- 6:30pm Guest Dinner
- 8:00pm Zazen or Dharma Event
- 9:30pm Firewatch (Lights out)
Fill out the form below if you are interested in joining. There are limited spaces available for Tassajara Sangha Week, so we may not be able to accommodate everyone who is interested this year. (Scholarships are not available for this practice opportunity.)
We will get back to you with a list of attendees in the next couple weeks.