We cannot solve the problems of
the world with undeveloped tools.

The human mind is our
most fundamental tool.

Willow Monastic Academy is a training center dedicated to developing the capacities of the human mind through rigorous mental, ethical, and interpersonal practices grounded in ancient Buddhist wisdom traditions.

Our goal is to create leaders who are an unstoppable force for justice and peace in the world.

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”

– Archilochus

How we train

The core of our training is the integration of Awakening and Responsibility. In Awakening practice, we strive for classical insight and enlightenment – the ability to radically transform the mind and go far beyond what we thought to be possible. In Responsibility practice, we accept the power and leadership we each have in the world, and strive to live fully in accord with our deepest sense of purpose.

Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist;
use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.

– The Dalai Lama

Our Community

Chat with us on slack

Chat in real-time with residents, apprentices, and members of the Willow community

Post in the forum

The Willow forum is a great place to ask questions and find resources

Join our online meditations and workshops

Take a look at our upcoming events and join us virtually

Visit us

There are many options for visiting us in-person, for anywhere from a few hours to many months