And still deeper–
The green mountains
—Zen master and homeless poet Santoka Teneda (1882-1940)
Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community (legal name is Bread Loaf Mountain Monastery) is a contemporary Zen Buddhist community in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), Bernie Glassman Roshi, and Roshi Joan Halifax. Maezumi Roshi’s life vow, which is being manifested today in the teachings and life work of Roshi Bernie and Roshi Joan, was to plant the Dharma deeply in the soil of North America.
Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community is led by teacher Sensei Joshin Byrnes, a student of Roshi Joan Halifax. The primary purpose of our community is to realize and actualize our basic goodness in everyday life, and to relieve suffering wherever we find ourselves.
We cultivate a contemplative practice of “just sitting,” experiencing both solitude and solidarity, nurturing a mind that is both at rest and interested, clear, resilient, ethically grounded, flexible and responsive. Actualizing the way in the everyday life of work, family, and community, we participate fully in the activities of temple life, maintaining our center, being good neighbors, serving the marginalized in our community, and engaging in civic action based on the Zen Peacemakers Three Tenets: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.
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