An Invitation

I climb the road to Cold Mountain,
he road to Cold Mountain
that never ends.
The valleys are long and strewn
with stones,
The streams broad
and banked with thick grass.
Moss is slippery, though no
rain has fallen;
Pines sigh, 
but it isn’t the wind.
Who can break
from the snares of the world
and sit wth me
among the white clouds?

     (T’ang dynasty 618-906)



We are an organization formed to support growth towards a deepening spiritual awareness and appreciation of life. Each of us has a unique path and we benefit from teachers and companions along the Way. We offer multi-day contemplative retreats and zen sesshins throughout the year, and have weekly meditation opportunities. In addition to this website, we electronically publish a newsletter three times a year and we maintain a list serve to keep members informed of Seven Thunders developments.

Scheduled Sittings and Retreats

Portland Area Sittings

  • Monday Evening Zazen at Stones and Clouds Zendo 7:00-8:30 pm
  • First Saturday Sitting at the Trappist Abbey, 8:45 till noon

See Sittings page for details

Next "First Saturday": April 7th, 2018

See Sittings page for details regarding First Saturday and for other sittings sponsored by Seven Thunders

Zen Sesshin and Contemplative Intensive Retreats (CIRs)
 Retreats Page for details

Kosesshin at Stones and Clouds, April 20th - 22nd, 2018

Contemplative Intensive Retreat (CIR),  June 28th - July 1st, 2018

Summer Sesshin at Stones and Clouds, July 10th -14th, 2018

Kosesshin at Stones and Clouds, September 28th - 30th, 2018


Seven Thunders Newsletters

February, 2018

September, 2017

Member Login

Coming Up

Saturday, March 17, 2018 -
8:45am to 3:30pm
Stones & Clouds
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
Stones & Clouds
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Stones & Clouds
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:00pm
Stones & Clouds
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:45am
Trappist Abbey in Lafayette


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