About This Listing
A quiet refuge hidden away in one of the hippest neighbourhoods of Montreal, with access to two bus routes within three blocks and seven minutes to the nearest metro station. We are a ten-minute walk from “the mountain” - Mont-Royal Park, which has opportunities year-round for walking, running, skiing and skating. The Plateau has some of the best food, drinks, coffee, and vintage shopping in town! A thirty-minute walk will take you downtown, to Old Montreal, to several museums, as well as up to the open-air Jean-Talon farmers' market and over to the historic Outremont area of Montreal. Visitors are also welcome to use Montreal's Bixi bike-sharing programme, with bikes parked at several stations within five minutes of the Zen Centre.
This simply appointed bedroom, the Garden Room, has a double bed, desk, chair, lamp, night table with reading lamp and clothes chest. The window and tomato balcony door look out onto the private garden area complete with apple and sour cherry trees. Guests share a large bathroom, and a reading room on the second floor of a large 1880's brick house. A weekly schedule of Zen meditation occurs on the ground floor which is open-concept and which has a small bathroom and kitchen/dining area and meditation hall. You may choose to enjoy your coffee at the table in the lovely small garden courtyard of the Zen Centre. Linens and towels are supplied. Electric kettle, cutlery and dishes are available for coffee, tea, bowl of cold cereal (no cooking or other food prep) along with fridge access. Guests are asked to clean up the kitchen after themselves. The house is vegetarian so guests are asked to not bring home meat or fish.
Guests are welcome to join the meditation schedule (Monday to Friday: 6-7:30am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 6-7:30pm, Saturday, 9:30-11am most weeks of the year) after arranging an instruction session of 25 minutes with the host, Myokyo, the abbess of the centre. Movement about and in and out of the house is restricted during these time periods. This has not proved a problem with guests in the past as most are not up and about by 7:30am, and most are out to dinner or resting before heading out for dinner during the evening meditation. All guests will receive a brief intro to the Zen tradition.
Myokyo lives off-site, about two blocks away, with the Zen Centre dog (who occasionally visits), but usually is working in the office upstairs at the Zen Centre during the day. She is readily available to greet you, to answer questions and to send you off to the corner for the best croissants and baguettes to be had in the city.
There is one off-street parking space available for guests from April to mid-November ie no winter parking, and free street parking.
Other Things to Note
There is no winter parking at the Zen Centre ie no off-street parking from mid-November to the end of March.
Guests are welcome to smoke out in the garden but not indoors.
Please be respectful of other guests, the landlord who lives in the carriage house behind the house, and the neighbours, in terms of being quiet after 11pm.
Guests are asked to be aware of the meditation schedule and of no movement in and out of the house during the scheduled sessions. Please make an appointment with Myokyo for instruction if you would like to join the meditation.
Again, a reminder of the vegetarian space – fabulous Portuguese fish restaurants, all ethnic cuisines, vegan and vegetarian restos in the neighbourhood!
Les invités sont invités à fumer dans le jardin, mais pas à l'intérieur.
Nous vous prions d'être respectueux des autres invités, du propriétaire qui vit dans la maisonnette derrière la maison, et des voisins, en évitant de faire du bruit, surtout après 23 heures.
Les invités sont priés d'être au courant de l'horaire de méditation et de ne pas entrer dans la maison ni en sortir pendant les sessions programmées. S'il vous plaît prendre rendez-vous avec Myokyo pour une rencontre d'introduction à la pratique si vous souhaitez vous joindre à la méditation.
Encore une fois, un rappel que l'intérieur de la maison est un espace végétarien - et qu'il y a de fabuleux restaurants de poissons portugais, des restos de toutes les cuisines ethniques, végétaliennes et végétariennes dans le quartier!
Myokyo was extremely helpful when we arrived, describing the area to us and giving clear instruction on the inner workings of the Zen Centre. The Centre itself was wonderful, very private, calm, and quiet. The limitation with food preparation was not an issue. I would not hesitate to recommend this to someone travelling to Montreal. Its location is also an excellent base to explore the trendy Plateau / Mont Royal area.
What we really liked about the Zen center was that it is an oasis of peace, just the right place for arriving in the new world. Myokyo was a great host, welcoming us warmly and always up for an insightful conversation, for example about the history of the places around the center in Mont Royal. We highly recommend this place! We would be very happy to return one day.
Our stay in the Garden Room was lovely. We were delighted to spend time in this beautiful Buddhist Temple right in the heart of Montreal.
Thank you dear Myokyo.
Very peaceful stay! As long as you are ok with the meditation schedule this place is a dream. Very comfy bed and a bright room right in the heart of a great neighborhood in Montreal. I will definitely come back here if I'm ever in the area again!
We had a great stay, we slept wonderfully! The room was so peaceful and clean!. Myokyo is a wonderful host, she was very welcoming, helpful and patiently answered all our questions? The location was perfect, there are many pleasant places to eat nearby. We would love to come back again someday!
Had a delightful stay. We were welcomed and immediately felt welcome. Everything was as described on the Airbnb site. The facility was beautiful and peaceful and the room comfortable and quiet. A small but adequate kitchen was available. We were close to a number of stores and numerous restaurants and coffee shops. A lovely garden graced the entry to the temple. We will be sure to stay there again.
Had a great stay ! Slept wonderfully !
Myokyo was very welcoming and patiently answered all my questions. The location was perfect for taking bus to downtown along St-Urbain, and there are many pleasant places to eat nearby. There was parking included and the wifi worked well. All in all a perfect airbnb experience for me.
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About the Host, Myokyo
I am obviously very involved in Zen practice. I have a keen interest in dogs, growing vegetables, climbing on Mont-Royal, artisanal beers (especially Porters) and excellent salads...
Quiet, but fun-loving and creative, I would say!