About Treetop Zen Center

Treetop Zen Center provides a place to practice Zen meditation in central Maine, close to both Waterville and Augusta. There are meditation sessions twice weekly (Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings), weekend retreats, and two annual week-long retreats. We welcome you to attend any event at any time.

We meet in the zendo, which is located above the garage, just past the main house. Enter the garage through the door near the far right side of the building, leave your shoes, and come upstairs through the white door. If it’s your first visit, we recommend arriving 30 minutes early for a brief orientation. However, even if you arrive after we’ve already begun service or sitting, a senior student will be happy to show you around and assist you in getting settled in.

The practice at Treetop is relaxed. Dharma talks are given most Saturdays, and private interviews are available to all.

Zen Center altar

Meditation Schedule

The sitting schedule at Treetop is:

Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM

Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM

For more information, please see our meditation schedule.

If you’re coming from the Lewiston or Augusta area, contact Jaime for available ride sharing to Oakland on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you’re coming from the Bangor area, contact Deborah for available ride sharing to Oakland on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Upcoming Events

Dedication Ceremony for Stef & Margaret’s Gravesite
Tuesday, May 6th, at 6:00 PM
On Buddha’s birthday we’ll be having a ceremony to dedicate Stef & Margaret’s gravesite and to remember their lives. Everyone of all faiths is welcome to join us for the ceremony and to stay afterward for tea and cookies in the zendo.


Study Group
Through May 21st
Treetop will be discussing the basic teachings of the Buddha with two companion texts:

What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada, by Walpola Rahula

Buddhism Plain and Simple, by Steve Hagen

The new study group will cover the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Ten Grave Precepts (plus the eleventh precept regarding loving kindness and non-violence). Everyone is welcome to participate.

E-mail us for more information and/or to register.


Spring Sesshin 2014
Saturday, June 14th, at 7:00 PM through Friday, June 20th, after lunch
This week-long sesshin includes service, meditation, daisan, formal meals, work practice, and dharma talks.

E-mail us for more information and/or to register.


Fall Weekend Retreat 2014
Friday, October 24th, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, October 26th, after lunch
This weekend retreat includes service, meditation, daisan, formal meals, work practice, and dharma talks.

E-mail us for more information and/or to register.


Rohatsu 2014
Saturday, December 6th, at 7:00 PM through Friday, December 12th, after lunch
This week-long sesshin honoring Buddha’s day of enlightenment includes service, meditation, daisan, formal meals, work practice, and dharma talks.

E-mail us for more information and/or to register.


The Zen of Nature, the Nature of Zen

Treetop senior priest Peter Joryu Harris gave this seven-minute presentation on Zen as part of a Waterville PechaKucha: