Beecher House Visioning/Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Location: Livingston Manor, NY
Client: Zen Studies Society
The Zen Studies Society is a Buddhist community dedicated to realizing and actualizing our true nature. Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery, opened on July 4, 1976. Located on the banks of the highest lake in the Catskills amid 1,400 acres of forest and meadows in the Catskill Mountains Preserve, Dai Bosatsu Zendo offers an inspiring setting for Zen practice. Traditional residential monastic training periods and retreats are offered to serious lay and ordained Zen students of all religious and cultural backgrounds.
RM Sovich Architecture worked with the society to sort out options for renovations to an existing residential structure on Beecher Lake and additional needs. The 19th Century house located on the lake was originally constructed by Rev. James Beecher, half-brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1875.