Furnace Mountain Zen Retreat Center



The center is located on more than 800 acres of rugged woodland (part of the Daniel Boone National Forest) in the Red River Gorge region of eastern Kentucky.


Our residents and visitors keep a regular practice schedule that includes both formal meditation practice and the work of maintaining the buildings and grounds.
In addition to this daily schedule, we also have monthly retreats lasting from 2 to 30 days.

For more information, please see the retreat schedule or call (606) 723 4329


Our Guiding Teacher, Zen Master Dae Gak, received Dharma transmission from the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1994. He has practiced Zen for almost forty years. Before becoming a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn, he studied extensively with teachers in Japanese lineages. Zen Master Dae Gak has taught internationally for over twenty years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Furnace Mountain, he regularly visits students and leads retreats in cities around the U.S. and in Europe.

Practice at Furnace Mountain centers on a large Meditation Hall, modeled after a traditional Korean Buddhist Temple. Residents and retreatants occupy log cabins dotted through the forest, and we have a unique, highly secluded hermitage for solo retreats.


In addition, the Lodge at Furnace Mountain is available for rent to groups. It can accommodate up to 12 people.

Furnace Mountain Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Donations and gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.

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