About The Center


A Rinzai Zen temple,
Practice Center and Retreat Center

The Mission
The Brooks Branch Zendo of the North Carolina Zen Center, also known by its temple name, Sosen-ji, exists as a place for the study and practice of Rinzai Zen, in order to nurture a community of practitioners in the realization of the awakened mind and heart.

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner with years of experience or a beginner interested in taking the first steps toward a meditation practice, we welcome you.

The Site
The Brooks Branch Zendo is situated on 15 acres of wooded land, in an area dominated by woods and rolling hills. The zendo and its associated buildings are nestled into a grove of tall pines and hardwoods, hugging the edge of a slight hillside overlooking a stream.

There is an abundance of wildlife in the woods surrounding the center. In the summer one might hear owls calling back and forth along the stream. In the fall it is not uncommon to sight whitetail deer moving quietly through the woods around the zendo. At all seasons the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful, and the grounds are pleasant to view and to walk.

The Facilities
In addition to its core mission as a Zen Buddhist temple and Buddhist retreat center, the Center's facilities are also available to other groups as a retreat center. The Center is currently equipped to handle retreats with up to 22 participants, with more capacity available in the future.
The heart of the Center is the meditaiton/chant hall, which provides a simple, spare but comfortable atmosphere for practicing meditation. It can accommodate up to 24 people in sitting meditation and is surrounded by a covered walkway which may be used for walking meditation.

Adjacent facilities include a full, restaurant-style kitchen capable of providing for retreats up to the capacity of the Center. In addition there are five dormitory rooms, each capable of sleeping up to four. The newest addidion to the Center is a shower house with separate facilities for men and women, including handicapped access.

Future developments will include a dormitory/dining hall, which is in the planning and fundraising stages, and a larger meditaiton hall will complete the Center.

For more information about the Center's facilities, or to inquire about using the Center for a retreat, please call or email us.

Current Information

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that we, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Zen Center, have accepted the resignation of Gentei Sandy Stewart as Abbot and Osho of the Center

As many of you know, Sandy and his wife Susanna, and Sandy havs been its guide, Osho and Abbot since its beginning. Through his many years as a teacher of Zen Sandy has touched the lives of many, and he is known and loved widely in the Zen community here in America.

The Board wishes,l on behalf of the entire community of the North Carolina Zen Center, to sincerely thank Sandy for his many years of tireless service and selfless dedication to the practice, to his teaching, to his students and to the Center, and to wish him the very best going forward.

It is our fervent hope that the Center and its community will continue to grow and thrive from the seeds so lovingly planted by its founders, and watered by the labor, contributions and
love of so many over the years, and will, by its work and by its example, continue to honor their legacy.

Board of Directors
Letter to the Membership Regarding Gentei Sandy Stewart's Resignation
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 4-15-15
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 2-7-15
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 2-1-15
October 2012 Voting Membership Meeting Minutes
Minutes of Facilitation Meeting 10-22-14
September Message to the Sangha — A Summary of Events at the Center, June - August, 2014
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 9-21-14
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 8-24-14
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 6-22-14
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 6-1-14
Administrative Information
Here you can find links to various NC Zen Center administrative documents.
Bylaws of the North Carolina Zen Center, Revised March 2012

NC Zen Center Articles of Incorporation

Grievance Process

Code of Ethics