"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 leads 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.
INTRODUCTION TO ZEN PRACTICE - Wednesdays, 6 to 7 pm
If you are new to Zen practice or need an orientation to our Center, join us Wednesdays 6 to 7 pm at Upper Valley Zen Center. While an introduction is recommended, newcomers are welcome at all events.
PRACTICE COMMITMENT GROUP
Having trouble holding yourself to a practice routine, on your own or with others? We are forming a Practice Commitment Group with monthly meetings to state goals and be accountable to a group: Please contact us if you are interested in joining this group.
This is a new program at Upper Valley Zen Center for young families with grade school age children, interested in finding ways to incorporate Buddhist practice and principles into family life. So far we are meeting once a month, third Sunday of the month from 4-5 pm. Contact us if your family is interested,
STUDY GROUP - Thursday nights, 7 to 8:30
Sitting/walking practice for the first half hour, followed by reading and discussion. No experience or preparation necessary. (Contact us to confirm the schedule when coming for the first time.)
HOSPITAL PRACTICE Mon. & Wed. 12:30 to 1 pm
A group meets weekly for meditation practice at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 12:30 to 1:00, in the third floor chapel, Mondays and Wednesdays; led by Gendo (with ocassional substitutes). All are welcomed to join. Instruction offered as need
ZEN PRISON PROJECT
Prisoners at NH State prison in Concord have requested support for their Buddhist practice from Upper Valley Zen Center. Gendo and others from UVZC travel every other week to practice with the inmates on cushions purchased in a recent fundraising campaign, with thanks to all who donated.
DARTMOUTH ZEN PRACTICE
Dartmouth students, staff and community members are welcome to join a practice group that meets Wednesday nights, 8 to 9 pm in North Fairbanks Hall, basement meditation room on Dartmouth College campus (directions here). The format is meditation practice followed by discussion on topics proposed by the group. There is also practice Thursday noon to 12:30, same location.
MIND AND EMPTINESS - Perspectives on the Nature of Consciousness A conference at Dartmouth College, April 28,29, 2017, co-sponsored by UVZC.
For recordings of this event, go to News.