Coming Home to Oneself
The first step is
to sit down with oneself.
To meet the moment.
To break the habit of running away.
Hermitage Heart Zen teaches
the skills of contemplation
as well as supporting
those long on the path.
Hermitage Heart meditation and art practice groups meet in Asheville and Black Mountain, NC; Sensei also provides teaching for many home-bound, chronically ill, and elderly practitioners.
TEACHING AND WRITING
It can help to have encouraging words. Myotai Sensei has published many essays and Dharma Talks, and her newest book, "Wake Up: How to Practice Zen" published by Rockridge Press is now available wherever books are sold.
She enjoys supporting others in their art practice and has led writing retreats in the US, Europe and New Zealand.
RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS
Meditation and Writing retreats take place in Black Mountain, NC.
December date tba
Winter Journal: Just Write
Myotai Sensei leads a seasonal retreat with meditation, guided writing exercises and group feedback.
Gift of a "Winter Journal" to use for your writing.
ORDER SENSEI'S NEW BOOK: WAKE UP!
You can go through Amazon, of course, or even better, from our Hermitage Heart shop, or use this link to find the book through an independent bookseller: https://www.indiebound.org
It would be so wonderful, really, if you make a donation!
It's how this small non-profit stays alive and in service to many people.
When you press the button and contribute, good things happen!
like white clouds
from beginning to end –
a thing of mystery
is this heart.
- Otagaki Rengetsu
Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) was a poet, calligrapher, potter, and painter.
She faced extraordinary challenges —sexism, poverty, theft, deaths of those she loved— yet her dedication to serving others and creating art non-stop created a tremendous legacy of compassion and resilience.
She is an inspiration for the work of Hermitage Heart.
Zen Teacher BMT
(in beautiful BMT)
Bonnie Myotai Treace is a Zen priest, stubbornly a poet, and resoundingly feminist. For many years she was a Zen teacher, or ”Sensei,” at Zen Mountain Monastery (as Vice-abbot) and the Zen Center of New York City (as Abbot). She is the founder and spiritual director of Hermitage Heart Zen.
No longer a bald monk but a gray-haired crone (“irritant”), she is particularly fond of 7a.m., when the fog softens up the edges of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of her students are artists, writers, and other loner types, including those who due to illness or disability find retreat attendance difficult. Her books include the recently published "Wake Up: How to Practice Zen," and two books of Dharma Talks ("Winter Moon" and "Empty Branches.")
She lives with her husband (along with the famous cat, Mr. Chickabee and his servant, Abby the gigantic collie) near Black Mountain, North Carolina.