Buddhist temple in the Plateau

House - Private room · Rue Saint Dominique, Montreal, QC H2T 1T5, Canada

The Space

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 Japan Room, has a double bed with a traditional Japanese futon mattress, desk, chair, lamp and clothes chest, with a window to the east. 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 light breakfast preparation only (no cooking) 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 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 to 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 and plenty of free street parking. Vehicles must have winter/snow tires to park in the space during winter months.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My stay at the Zen Centre could not have been better. It was beautifully decorated, clean, and peaceful. It was so nice to come back from a long day of sightseeing to a serene and quiet room. Myokyo was a gracious and wonderful host, who took my girlfriend and I in even though we booked the place last minute. She has tons of great recommendations for restaurants and places to see. Be sure to make a trip to Le Comptoir! The food and wine there are incredible. We didn't get a chance to join Myokyo in meditation, but I highly suggest you give it a try while you're there.

    March 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Joe and Emily, a pleasure to have had you stay!

  • The Zen temple is an amazing space. Everything about it is beautiful. I was only there for a short time but my experience was great. Myokyo is a lovely host and is very compassionate. I will certainly stay here again.

    March 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Neil, look forward to having you stay again in April!

  • As expected, the Montreal Zen Centre is lovely space, well-ordered and well-kept. My room was simple and comfortable and I really appreciated the quiet location. My host, Myokyo, was welcoming and I felt free to come and go as I wished (with due allowance for the meditation schedule).
    Guests are welcome to participate in the life of Zen Centre and I did so one morning. It was a good experience.
    If the description of the accommodation on the Airbnb site appeals to you, then I'm sure that you will not be disappointed.

    February 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Mike, thanks very much for your feedback and interest in the Zen Centre! There is, in fact, the Montreal Zen Centre which is located at the north end of the island - different from us, Enpuku-ji Zen Centre. Hope that you will stay again when you next visit your daughter.

  • This is an ideally located place to stay in the Plateau and the perfect, quiet place to come back to after a busy day in the city. Myokyo is a wonderfully caring host and the facilities are simple and clean with everything you might need. Highly recommended!

    February 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Scott, so lovely to have had you stay. I hope that you will come again so we can converse some more about architecture projects and Zen!

  • Great host, great house and atmosphere! Thank you so much.
    Vitaly & Emilie.

    February 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Vitaly, glad that you and Emilie joined the meditation on Saturday morning with Seiun! Hope you'll come again.

  • Absolutely perfect! We loved our stay on the Plateau and Enpuku*ji was a big part of that. The location was wonderful, Myokyo's warm hospitality was great, and her recommendations around the neighborhood were spot on. This might not be the place for everyone, but if you read the description closely and it sounds good, you won't be disappointed. Thank you again for a great home away from home and especially for inviting us to join in morning meditation.

    January 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Michael, great to meet you both and to talk about the art of hosting! I appreciate you drawing attention to potential guests reading the description carefully - Enpuku-ji is not a usual kind of a place to stay. Come again in the warm weather!

  • Definitely 5 stars. Great place to stay. Clean, quiet, and nicely located on the Plateau. I'll be coming back.

    January 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Pleasure to meet you and Christie, Martin! And thank you for the reminder of the Persian resto, Byblos, on Laurier Est - an excellent recommendation for guests. See you in June.

  • This was my second time staying at the Buddhist Temple in the Plateau. As you will read in my previous review, the Temple is in a wonderful location. (Do check out that review as there are more details provided.)
    I was alone during my first visit but this time my husband joined me for 10 days during the Christmas season. We both loved the inviting environment provided by Myokyo. It was very cold outside but the Temple was warm and cozy in many ways.
    Each evening, after a busy day, we were able to totally relax due to the peaceful environment and quiet street. We felt like we were home.
    I was happy to take part in the meditation on New Year's Morning! What a way to start 2014!
    I highly recommend the Buddhist Temple for your next trip to Montreal.

    January 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Jo Anne, it was fabulous to have you, and Doug this time, stay over the holidays - always such a nice fit for the Zen Centre and appreciate that you join the meditation sessions. I look forward to your next visit to Montreal and also to staying in touch!

  • I loved returning to the Buddhist temple. I stayed there this past summer and remembered how beautiful and peaceful it was. This time I booked both rooms so that my son could come with me. We really enjoyed our stay. Myokyo is a wonderful host, very gracious and helpful. She made sure that we were prepared by sending us updates on the weather. She also made sure that the parking spot was shoveled for our car which was not easy during a snowstorm!
    I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else when I visit Montreal.

    December 2013
    Response from Myokyo:

    Thanks, Shauna - happy to have had you and Alex stay! I wonder if you caught lunch from Kouign Amman on your way out of town...Best, Myokyo

  • I had a great time. The room was very nicely furnished, and was very clean. The temple was a great place to stay. It was within walking distance from public (email hidden)king it easy to get around the city.
    Myokyo was very helpful in terms of answering questions. She helped me on a few occasions. I would recommend this place to anyone.

    December 2013
    Response from Myokyo:

    Paulette, thank you for all of your gifts - it was really a pleasure to have you stay and meet the dog and have a fine conversation the day of your departure. Hope you'll come again next year!

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Enpuku-ji Zen Centre, McGill and Concordia University Chaplaincy Offices
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