Monastic Training

Residency at Korinji is open to a small number of persons wishing to devote themselves completely to intensive practice of the Buddhist path.

Monastic training at Korinji Rinzai Zen monastery


Both lay and ordained practitioners are eligible to live at Korinji.

Residence at a Zen monastery is a precious opportunity to deeply examine the fundamental questions of our existence. Though it is a challenging and at times exhausting way of life, we may - if we give ourselves wholeheartedly to this training - awaken to a new freedom. Returning then to the world, our true work begins: a life of compassionate service to others.

We are happy to speak with you regarding your goals and suitability for residency. We allow stays of varying length, and no one is turned away for inability to donate (it may also be possible to reside at Korinji with a modified schedule allowing for work). If you are additionally interested in training for Rinzai Zen ordination while you are here, please see the additional information at the bottom of this page. Residents here also practice various arts, such as tea ceremony and calligraphy, and have to opportunity to explore a number of other training and cultural disciplines.

To begin exploring the opportunity of Buddhist monastic life (and to see our annual and daily monastic schedules) please read the residency information. Then, contact us for an application.

Inclusivity Statement

The community headquartered by Korinji is an inclusive one, welcoming all regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.  The Korinji Foundation has established a Harassment Policy and other community policies for its members. Due to its natural terrain limitations and distance from available parking facilities, Korinji Monastery is not currently able to accommodate residents or guests using wheelchairs, or those unable to navigate steep slopes and stairways.


There are two types of Rinzai Zen ordination conferred in our community: monastic (shukke tokudo) and lay (nyudo).

The former is ordination as a Rinzai Zen priest. It generally (though not always) requires a period of residential practice at the monastery, and includes training in teaching, ministerial, and ceremonial duties.​

The latter is for senior lay practitioners in our community wishing to express a fuller commitment to the Zen path while still fulfilling their existing family or career obligations.

If you are interested in a vocation of service to others through either kind of ordination, please read the information.