The Zen Mountain Monastery is another Buddhist retreat center nestled in the Catskill Mountains. As part of the Mountains and Rivers Orders (MRO), it is one of the most respected Zen Buddhist retreat centers in the West. Since 1980, the monastery has been offering retreats and residential programs of full-time Zen monastic training. John Daido Loori Roshi established the MRO after with Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. The MRO draws from both the Soto and Rinzai traditions, placing special emphasis on creative expression as a vital element of spiritual practice.