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!
Staying at the zen centre was a wonderful choice! Myokyo was a wonderful host -- she even helped us scout out (and shovel out) a parking space. She was also very helpful while we were planning our trip. The room and the whole house are beautiful, and very cozy, which was the best part since it was -10(f) outside! The location was perfect for us as well. It's close to the buses and there are great restaurants, cafes and bars on every corner in the neighborhood. We had a fabulous time!
Myokyo was so warm and welcoming to us when we arrived. We were very comfortable in the beautiful space and we were given a tour of the building, shown how the lights and door locks worked, etc. It was the perfect place for us to stay - close to everything we wanted to do with easy access to the metro.
Many thanks for a wonderful stay
This is my second time here and won't be my last
Myoko welcomes me into her beautiful sanctuary where I feel so greatful to have such a lovely place to stay while I visit my daughter who is studying at Concordia University
The peace and quiet is such a gift
Wow, where to begin! The Zen Centre is a dream- excellent location off Mont-Royal and near Saint-Laurent, I was able to catch the metro very easily and find cute shops, restaurants, and bars. The actual centre is lovely, wonderful natural light, plants, and books everywhere, the environment was truly incomparable to other places. Unfortunately no mediation I was staying (over the holidays) but, what a great place to begin the new year! Would recommend this place over and over again!
Myokyo is warm and welcoming and did a superb job of orienting us to the Center. She answered all of our questions and gave us a wonderful tip on where to get the best pastry I have ever eaten! The room was warm and cozy and the Center was quiet and serene. The Center is located near St. Laurent Street in a very hip section of the city not far from Mont Royal. We very much enjoyed our stay and would welcome the opportunity to return again the next time we visit Montreal.
I had a really nice stay in the temple, just as peaceful and beautiful as I expected. I wish I had more time to exchange with Myokyo and explore meditation, but I enjoyed very much the few days I spend there. Myokyo was a very friendly and helpful hostess and the place offered the silence and beauty I wanted. I would undoubtfully spend a few more days there if I travel again to Montréal and would recommend it heartfully.
We enjoyed our stay in Montreal. Myokyo's place was lovely and quiet.
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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!