Danney Soten Lynch

Danney Soten Lynch is a Dharma Holder and ordained Zen priest who currently lives and practices at Great Vow Zen Monastery, where he has resided since 2010. Soten has been playing and enjoying music all of his life. He serves as the Music Director at Great Vow, breathing new life into the liturgy, chants and marimba band. Soten also serves as Work Leader for the monastery. He is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, who leads wilderness sesshins every summer in the Pacific Northwest.

Events with Danney Soten Lynch

May Sesshin- Ancestors : A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat
May 17, 2021

This week of sesshin we will dive into the same deep stream of practice as those who came before, appreciating the stories of the women and men that gave life to the Way and offered it to us. Approximate Schedule Monday Night 7:30 Orientation 8:30 Zazen/Opening Talk Tuesday – Saturday 5:30 Zazen 6:50 Chanting Service 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Work Practice 11:30 Zazen 12:50 Chanting Service 1:00 Lunch 3:00 Movement 3:30 Teisho (Dharma Talk) 4:30 Zazen 5:20 Chanting Service 5:30 Dinner 7:00 Zazen 9:30 Formal Tea/Closing Chant/Zazen Sunday Morning 6:00 Zazen/Closing Remarks 7:00 Closing Circle 10:00 Sunday Program Chanting Service/Zazen 11:30…

Welcome Home! A Weekend In-Person Retreat At Great Vow & Online
June 4, 2021

June Homecoming Retreat will be Great Vow Zen Monastery’s first in-person meditation retreat since March 2020. We will also be offering this retreat online. After a year of quarantine, how much time did we each really spend at home. This year, many of us have done some deep house cleaning and remodeling but did we also remember to attend to the neglected corners of our bodies, hearts, and minds? Our entire self deserves our full attention and so does everyone and everything we encounter. Wherever we are, our true home is always found here – if we have the courage to look for…

July Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat
July 4, 2021

This retreat will be held in the Mountains, Pacific Northwest Wilderness, USA. Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you understand, experience, and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment reality, supported and challenged by the natural landscape, weather, and sesshin schedule. This is an intensive meditation retreat. We will hike into the mountains, set up a base camp and follow a structured, silent daily schedule. Each day…

2nd July Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat
July 18, 2021

This retreat will be held in the Mountains, Pacific Northwest Wilderness, USA. Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you understand, experience, and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment reality, supported and challenged by the natural landscape, weather, and sesshin schedule. This is an intensive meditation retreat. We will hike into the mountains, set up a base camp and follow a structured, silent daily schedule. Each day…

August Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat
August 29, 2021

This retreat will be held in the Mountains, Pacific Northwest Wilderness, USA. Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you understand, experience, and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment reality, supported and challenged by the natural landscape, weather, and sesshin schedule. This is an intensive meditation retreat. We will hike into the mountains, set up a base camp and follow a structured, silent daily schedule. Each day…