A Zen Buddhist Community in Shelburne, Vermont

Zen Training Programs

Training Programs at the Zen Center offer the discipline of Zen training through total immersion.

Though the Zen Center is not a monastery, trainees are in a monastic-like environment. Each day trainees take part in the following activities:

  • Zazen
  • Chanting
  • Work Practice
  • Private Instruction or Dokusan
  • Teisho (talk by the teacher), talks by senior students, and/or Study Groups
  • Guidance in bringing Zen practice into everyday life


Training Programs help anyone—no matter their age, occupation, or previous exposure to spiritual disciplines—learn more about Zen practice.

Trainees strengthen their Zen training while learning to practice meditation “in the midst of the world of desire.” The ancient master Yung-chia said:

The power of the wisdom attained by practicing meditation in the world of desire is like the lotus that rises from fire; it can never be destroyed.

The ultimate aim of Training Programs is to develop the mind of the lotus rising from the fire.

Daily Schedule and Requirements

During the Training Program there is an enhanced daily schedule of sittings, private instruction, and talks. Attendance at all activities is required for trainees. It is also a requirement for trainees to stay at the Center.

Who May Apply

Anyone who has previously attended an Introductory Workshop at the Vermont Zen Center or another Center in its lineage (e.g., Toronto, Rochester) and who is in good physical and emotional health may apply. Please call or e-mail the Zen Center about your application if you have any questions.

To Register

The Application Form is an on-line submission. Please read Information for Trainees before arriving for the Training Program.

Training Program