AZM Admissions & Academics
Could you become an American Zen Monk?
The world can teach you only so much about living a life, and its way is all about having to choose between alternatives when you don’t really want any of them.
Then, when it’s too late, you realize that you never did get around to living the life you wanted.
Zen is freedom from all that. Zen is living on the wings of the wind, while accomplishing surprising things in the world without really trying.
As a novitiate, you will begin your residency on January 1, 2016 (or as early as September 1 by special arrangement). You will be initiated as a Novitiate Zen Monk during AZM’s opening Sunday Meeting on January 3, 2016, and you will begin wearing caftans. There is no need to shave your head or change your appearance. This is Zen Americanized.
Initiates will receive private group training in the Zen path to enlightenment using science-based shortcuts.
Qualifiers for Application:
Age 10-up, m/f/t
Willing to learn Media Arts
Annual tuition from parent or sponsor:
365 days Boarding, $25,000 , 365 days Day 9-5 $15,000
(Some full scholarships may be available for boarding school tuition.)
We use the TABS Boarding School Application Form. Click it on the menu and download.
Some of the Details:
You will be expected to work as a team member with other novitiates, so no drama.
Daily routine allots the same days and hours to education as local public schools, but using online class resources such as K-12.
Daily routine allots one hour to Zen training. This is a closed circle consisting of the teacher and the Novitiate Monks. This training includes exposure to scientific advances that have answers for metaphysics, and helps build a rational foundation for understanding the non-material world.
Novitiate Monks will be shown a science-based pathway to enlightenment.
You will live in a tranquil, friendly Zen environment.
You will be indoctrinated with human kindness.
You will be trained in holding one-pointed attention.
You will be trained to see yourself in unity with nature.
You will be trained in heightened sense perception.
You will be taught how to heal with your hands.
You will be trained in media arts--photography, videography.
You will be taught how to manage money and accumulate wealth.
You will sleep dormitory style with up to four in a room.
During the day and evening, you can attend workshops that are taking place, watch TV or DVDs, play in the yards, walk around the neighborhood, read books from our library, and so on. Under supervision, you can hike the nearby mountain hiking trails. Saturdays are free time.
Parents and sponsors can visit you once a month. You can leave the monastery with them for the day.
Learn to live a peaceful lifestyle. Feel good. And you may become a Zen master! What good is that? you ask. Why, no good at all!
And that is your first Zen lesson!
COURSE SELECTION. Each student at the Monastery confers with an adviser before choosing an online program of study. Students are encouraged to pursue the subject that most strongly appeals to their interests and abilities, and to develop a mastery of that subject. Minimal passing grades are expected in all other subjects. After a student has selected a program of study, his or her family is notified of the selection.
SCHOLASTIC ACTION. The faculty expects students to focus attention on the online academic program and work to their potential. When a student falls short of these
standards, a formal expression of the school’s concern is made to both students and parents. Scholastic action is not punitive. Rather, it alerts students, parents and advisers to the seriousness of those difficulties. It is hoped that this official warning will encourage students in academic difficulty to improve their study habits or seek help from available sources on the campus.
There are four levels of scholastic action:
Scholastic Probation generally follows Scholastic Warning when the level of academic concern has not been addressed or met by the student and/or the situation has significantly worsened. This level of scholastic action indicates that the student’s position at the Monastery may be in jeopardy.
Advice to Consider Withdrawing typically comes when all avenues of reasonable academic support have been pursued but with little evidence of satisfactory progress.
Requirement to Withdraw occurs when a student’s academic performance does not match the academic demands of the school, when there is a generally unsatisfactory academic record, when there is a continued willful neglect of work or when there is no likelihood that the student will be able to meet the graduation requirements.
Classes offered by the student's choice of an online school are graded by that school. Classes offered by SGM are not graded, but a report by the Head Teacher may be requested in the event of a desired transfer to a public school, or annually at the request of the parent or guardian.