About Us

Going deeper
And still deeper–
The green mountains
—Zen master and homeless poet Santoka Teneda (1882-1940)

Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community is a committed group of meditation and social action practitioners in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage of Maezumi Roshi, Bernie Glassman Roshi, and Roshi Joan Halifax. We cultivate a practice of attention, gratitude and love, and a life of participation and solidarity with all beings.

Our vocation is founded on the practice of sitting meditation and the awareness and appreciation of our unity, diversity and interdependence with all of life. 

We participate in the building of a society of belonging, which will allow each person to find their place and make their contribution. Our practice of socially engaged work is free of any form of proselytism and is part of a tradition of unconditional hospitality towards all excluded or marginalized people. Above all it’s about being in harmony with oneself, others, and engaged action for the benefit of all beings.

Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community supports and practices the Three Principles of Zen Peacemakers:

  • Plunging into the Unknown – giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the world
  • Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world 
  • Loving actions towards ourselves and others

Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community is located at 3958 Rte 30 in Cornwall, VT, between the towns of Middlebury and Whiting, and equidistant between Burlington and Rutland. We are surrounded by apple orchards and open land, with a stunning panoramic view of the Green Mountains and Bread Loaf Mountain. BLMZC campus serves as a place for residential and nonresidential Zen training, as well as meditation and retreats open to the public. People balancing daily work, school, and families are wholeheartedly welcomed to step into a life of practice at Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community.

BLMZC maintains connections with our maha-sangha, Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.

There are a multitude of ways to practice Zen Buddhism with BLMZC: regular meditation, one-on-one or group interaction with a teacher, talks, peer-led Dharma discussion groups, and short and long silent mediation retreats.

Lineage and connections
Joshin is a student of Roshi Joan Halifax, and is a member of the White Plum Asanga, the lineage holders of Maezumi Roshi, and the Zen Peacemaker Order of Roshi Bernie Glassman.

Those who regard worldly affairs as a hindrance to buddha dharma think only that there is no buddha dharma in the secular world; they do not understand that there is no secular world in buddha dharma.
—Zen Master Dogen