Vermont Zen Center in 1991

History

The Vermont Zen Center is a Buddhist community, founded to provide a warm and inviting place for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism. It was established by Roshi Sunyana Graef in 1988.

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Getting Started

Whether you are completely new to Buddhism or already have a spiritual practice and want to sit at the Vermont Zen Center, the most in-depth way to get started is to attend an Introductory Workshop.

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Toronto Zen Centre

Affiliates

The Vermont Zen Center's community extends northward to Toronto, Canada and southward to Heredia, Costa Rica. We also have an affiliate group in New Hampshire.

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Members

Membership

Members of the Vermont Zen Center, Toronto Zen Centre, and the Casa Zen in Costa Rica comprise our Buddhist community, or Sangha. Membership in all our Centers is open to everyone regardless of age, race, national origin, creed, sex, or sexual orientation.

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Roshi Kapleau and Roshi Graef

Teacher

Roshi Sunyana Graef is the founder and teacher of the Vermont Zen Center. She began her practice of Zen Buddhism in 1969 as a disciple of Roshi Philip Kapleau.

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Sangha

Sangha

The Vermont Zen Center is run by Sangha members who generously volunteer their time and expertise. Here are some of the people you may meet taking care of the gardens, mowing the lawn, cleaning the temple.

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Pilgrimage

Pilgrimages

Pilgrimage has been part of Buddhist tradition since the time of the Buddha. Roshi Kapleau spent many months on pilgrimage, traveling throughout Southeast Asia, before settling in Japan to begin his Zen training.

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