Visiting Pine Wind - Seeking Refuge
Jizo-an Monastery: The Community for Spirituality & Contemplation, is "A Place of Refuge", nestled in the historic Pinelands of Southern NJ. In this time of challenge and heightened uncertainty, Pine Wind Zen Community invites and welcomes every person seeking refuge in the ancient teachings of wisdom, compassion, and fellowship, with a living, thriving, monastic and lay Community.
We welcome you to explore Pine Wind's beautiful campus and meet the Monks and other members. The grounds are open between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday - Saturday. We invite you to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding Pinelands, and walk the Peace Trail during your visit.
Attending an Event for the First Time
First time visitors are encouraged to join us for your first visit to Pine Wind on one of the three Wednesdays of the month -
at 6:30pm designed for beginners and first time visitors. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Wednesday of the month we offer a program that includes instructions in Zazen (Zen meditation) and Zen forms or etiquette, and a Dharma Teaching. The evening program will introduce you to the practice of Zen and give you a feeling for how we train.
Once you have come for our Wednesday evening program, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for meditation and other public events including liturgy throughout the year.
Coming to a Retreat
A retreat at Pine Wind is different from those offered at most other retreat centers. Participants take part in a unique integration of the retreat’s topic and authentic Zen training, stepping into the monastic schedule and cloistered community for half-a-day, a day, or a weekend.
Each retreat begins with a liturgy, instructions in Zen meditation, and an orientation to Zendo forms and etiquette. The serene mind cultivated in zazen (meditation) is carried into all activities: walking meditation, liturgical services, working together and sharing meals in silence, and participating in the workshops and seminars.
When considering to attend, you’re asked to engage fully in every part of the schedule and to preserve the harmony of the program by honoring Zendo forms and etiquette.
Be prepared for a rich and challenging experience as you and the other participants enter into the challenging and powerful discipline of monastic Zen training.
For anyone with a particular interest in learning more about Zen training, particularly as it unfolds in cloistered community at Pine Wind, we suggest our annual Ango, or Zen Training Period, offered in September.