Work Practice

Zen monastic training offers traditions of discipline handed down over many centuries. This is cultivated both in our meditation practice and in our bringing meditation to life in wholehearted engagement of monastery work.

Our daily schedule includes roughly 6 hours of work practice. On a given day a resident may clean bathrooms or host guests, or work in the kitchen, or garden. They may be asked to help with sewing meditation supplies, answering phones, or glazing buddhist statues.

There are many opportunities to surrender limitations, learn new skills, gain confidence, and find new ways to see the self in the world. Work assignments are given after breakfast and lunch, and any limiting physical conditions are taken into consideration. Participants work about thirty-three hours per-week when we are not in retreat.