Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
- Address: 39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, USA, United States
- Phone: +1-8316592229
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Family And Kids, Monastery
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center - Review
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center located amidst the Southeast of Carmel by Sea in California is one of the oldest Buddhist Monastery in California. This monastery is located in a very isolated area nearly 26km from the main road. The road that leads to this place is very narrow and you must be careful while walking. During winter season this place is closed and only monks residing in the center stays there. In the summer season the monastery remains open for guests throughout and even guests can stay overnight. They also have hot springs which are designed in Japanese Style. You can surely pay a visit to this place once in town.
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Tassajara nested in the Ventana Wilderness is a very special place. Not only it is the oldest Japanese Buddhist Zen monastery in the US, it has a very spiritual, calm flowing energy. You will find many regular guests return every summer to seek solace and comfort -in the morning/evening meditations, in the rolling trails and rumbling creeks, in the soothing natural hot baths, or in the delicious and nutritious meals. It’s a true gem in the wilderness.
It's a quiet place with cabins you can rent and other types of lodging. Toilets only in some cabins (or all maybe) but no door. Cabin is comfortable and clean. There is a hot spring fed spa room, mens and women's sides. If you need services, A/C, etc. etc. you may not understand this place. It may be a stretch for you but keep an open mind, talk to other guests during lunch or dinner, 1-2 nights is enough time to start appreciating it unless you're really enjoying the serenity of it all. It's got a few trails but can't go too far. Cars can make it but sometimes it depends on the time of year (and the car), summer shouldn't be a problem. Truck (4x4) is a better choice in the winter. Motorcycles best if dual sport or knobby's regardless of time of year, I would have a few scary moments on a street tire, dirt is too loose. The people studying are all very nice and observe some silent periods but the guests are there mostly to experience it. The food is just a step above awesome. I couldn't find one thing I didn't like and regret not buying the cookbook, buy the book. You can also donate a little by adding it to your bill. Call in advance for info since things like wildfires etc. can affect the area and air quality. Don't pack for a trip, try to get it down to a small carryon or travel bag. No cell, computer etc. C'mon people.
If you can get here, get here. If you can stay here, stay here. You just need to come, and the rest is really easy. It is nestled as I am sure you know if you are reading this, in between some really high mountains, so it gets dark early. But it is hot during the day.
This place is wonderful. A monastic practice inn the winter. An historic hot spring resort I the summer.
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