"The Upper Valley Zen Center is dedicated to the study and practice of Zen Buddhism; to understanding the nature of suffering and its resolution; and to acting on this insight to benefit everyday life."
Zen is the practice of Buddhism, the discipline and insight founded by the historical Buddha 2500 years ago. Our Center and the affiliated Dartmouth Zen Practice are led by Gendo Allyn Field, lay monk and teacher in the Rinzai Zen tradition. He received ordination from Joshu Sasaki in 2003 and suijishiki (teacher ordination) from Sandy Gentei Stewart in 2013. He is a "per diem" chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and (before covid)led Zen practice at Concord State Prison.
We are located on the ground floor of 58 Bridge Street, White RIver Junction, VT (The Main Street Museum). Go down the driveway left of the building, park by the River and enter on that level. Click here for help finding us. All are welcome to join our practice regardless of experience, religious affiliation or financial means (see schedule ). Click here to contact us with your questions. Click here for a brief overview of the What, Why and How to practice Zen.
Here are ways to join practice at the Zen Center. Please Contact us. to confirm details if joining for the first time or if you have questions. We are supported by donations and to make a contribution click here.
Covid: As of November, 2022, anyone who is well, not testing positive for covid, is welcomed in the Zendo.
All Zoom sessions use the same link:
RETREAT Details at <uvzc.org/retreat>.
Zen Sundays 9 to 11:15 am (other than Retreat days)
In-person and on Zoom
Chanting, zazen (meditation), Dharma talk and opportunity for personal meeting with a teacher (dokusan). Work period and social time afterwards.
Study Group Thurs. 7 to 8:30 pm In-person and on Zoom
Attendance to previous sessions is not necessary. (Note: September 29 to December 1, 2022, several guest teachers join our study of a treasured Zen text, "Shinjinmei." For details, go here.)
Morning Practice on Zoom
M–F, 6:45 to 7:45 am. Sat. 8 – 8:30 am
Serious practice, followed by casual conversation.
Meditation with Instruction on Zoom
Mon. and Thurs. 11:30-12:30 pm.
Informal intro to the Zen Center and our practice.
Dartmouth Zen Practice in-person.
Tues. 7 to 8:30 pm (when college in session)
North Fairbanks Hall, second floor
DARTMOUTH ZEN PRACTICE (currently meeting in-person)
Dartmouth students, staff and community members are welcome to join a practice group that meets Tuesday nights, 7:30 to 8:30 pm in North Fairbanks Hall, second floor meditation room on Dartmouth College campus (directions here). The format is meditation practice, with instruction as needed, followed by discussion on topics proposed by the group.