CLASSES The classes start on the Monday morning of each week. Classes are held each day at 8:30am, 10:15 am and 7:00 pm.

PRACTICE The morning schedule of chanting and zazen begins at 5:15 am and is open to all Seminar participants. A brief meditation instruction is offered after the opening dinner on June 5th. Samu, work practice, occurs each day at 1:00 p.m. Samu is optional, but all participants are encouraged to attend.

ACTIVITIES Afternoons are free. Various voluntary group sessions, including guest lectures and study groups, are scheduled. Professors will dine with small groups of students regularly. To get the most out of your stay, plan on arriving by Sunday afternoon and leaving on the Saturday or Sunday following the Seminar.

FACILITIES Participants will be housed in dorms sleeping between four to eight to a room. Keep in mind that a wide range of people will be attending the Seminar: younger students and retirees, professors and monks, people from the United States and around the world. Facilities are basic (sorry, no air conditioning). In consideration of others, silence will be observed after 10 pm and the use of tobacco will be restricted to certain areas. Alcohol is allowed only at Seminar-sponsored occasions. The use of illegal drugs will be grounds for immediate dismissal without refund. If you have concerns about the facilities, or about health or any other issues, don’t hesitate to contact us.

WEEKEND During the weekend between the first and second weeks of the program no formal activities are scheduled, but in the past group trips have been organized (at a small cost) for interested participants.

ARRIVAL Students who are not taking the Seminar for UNM credit should arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5th. Students taking the Seminar for credit should arrive by 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4th, in order to attend a required orientation on Sunday morning. Sunday evening there will be an opening dinner, to which all participants are cordially invited. For the second week of the Seminar, we ask that all students return to Bodhi Manda Zen Center by no later than 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

The nearest airport to the Zen center is in Albuquerque, which also has train and bus stations. If you need a ride to Bodhi Manda from Albuquerque, please send your arrival information to: or call (575) 829-3854

We hope studying at the Seminars becomes as unique and positive experience for you as it has been for so many others.

Cool mornings and hot days are usual in this dry desert climate. Participants may enjoy the natural hot springs on the grounds and hiking trails to the majestic national forest nearby. Founded in 1973, the Center welcomes everyone to participate in its daily schedule.

The nearest airport to the Zen center is in Albuquerque, which also has train and bus stations. If you need a ride to Bodhi Manda from Albuquerque, please send your arrival information or call (505) 829-3854

There will be an advisor available with whom you can discuss any problems. Dress for classes and other activities is informal. In keeping with life at the Zen center, meals will be vegetarian.

A list of suggested items to bring to help you enjoy your stay:
For the dormitory: sleeping bag or equivalent (beds, fitted sheets and pillow are provided), towel, personal toiletries, sun screen, lotion, wide brimmed hat, and a flashlight. For zazen practice: loose-fitting clothing and shoes that are easy to slip on and off. For the hot springs: bathing suits are required. You may want to bring a robe to wear to and from the pools.

Bring a calling card; for long distance phone calls there is a pay phone nearby. Wireless access is available at the Bodhi.

Jemez Springs is a small village with one grocery store, two restaurants, a post office; only limited supplies are available.