"Learn to take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward. Body and mind of themselves will drop away and your original nature will be made manifest."

- Dogen Zenji

Little Switzerland Buddhist Retreat

June 21st-June 24th

Join us for our annual Summer Mountain Retreat.  The retreat will be held in a large private home with an unobstructed view of the Pisgah National Forest.  Attendance will be capped at 10 participants.  The daily schedule will consist of Zazen (held outdoors weather permitting), Dharma talks, yoga, and meditative nature walks.  Cost for the entire retreat is $150.

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Member of the

Soto Zen Buddhist Association

soto zen buddhist association


Sunday Zazen 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Introduction to Zen and Buddhism (by appointment) Saturdays 9:00 AM


We offer traditional Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo - "The Way of the Brush) taught by our calligraphy master Seisen Horino Sensei. The classes meet twice monthly. We also offer Shakyo or Sutra copying, a devotional  writing practicing in Chinese script, every six weeks.

Special Events

One, three and five day retreats are offered through out the year.  Please see our events page or calendar for more information.

Our Temple

We are located in Midtown Atlanta in Ansley Park. We meet in a private home so please contact us for more information and directions.


Contact Information

Priest: Joriki Barlow

Tel: (404) 892-7886

Email: info@midtownatlantazen.org