Welcome to Crestone
Mountain Zen Center
Welcome to Crestone
Mountain Zen Center
Welcome to Crestone
Mountain Zen Center

Crestone Mountain Zen Center offers residential monastic Zen practice and meditation under the guidance of Head Teacher, Zentatsu Baker Roshi, Dharma Heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Zen practitioners are welcome to join the daily schedule or apply for a variety of Zen programs.

Crestone Mountain Zen Center is located on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. Nestled against rugged 14,000-foot peaks and surrounded by 240 acres piñon pine and juniper forest, the beauty and seclusion of our Center is a unique environment for contemplation and inquiry.

COVID-19 Prevention and Policies

Crestone Mountain Zen Center is acutely aware of ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to update our policy. We assure you that we are concentrating efforts in our public spaces to mitigate the spread of germs and ask that you partner with us in this effort. We will be offering an online participation option when possible and will require a 2-week quarantine or a covid-19 test in advance of participation in on-site programs. If you have any symptoms of a cold, fever, or respiratory illness, please stay home. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Coronavirus Refuge Retreats Reserve Now A refuge retreat allows you to turn safe social distancing practices into a personal retreat away from home. We will provide everything you need to stay isolated from others in a beautiful setting.

Support CMZC

Become a Dharma Sangha Member

Membership is an opportunity to express your commitment to practice and your commitment to helping others practice.

You can select between four levels of membership starting at $15 per month. Benefits include programs at both Crestone Mountain Zen Center and the Boulder Zen Center.

Recent Activities

Together We Did It! – A 75% Emissions Reduction

It is so satisfying to act collectively! Over two hundred supporters—204, to be exact—helped achieve and surpass our $119,000 fundraising goal for a 50kW solar array of 132 panels. It will reduce Crestone Mountain Zen Center’s carbon emissions from propane and electrical by 75%. Construction will begin in March 2020. Thank you, donors!   ∞…

Dharma Sangha Successors’ Meeting

Baker Roshi’s six dharma successors currently active in the Dharma Sangha, both in Europe and the U.S., met in Germany at the Black Forest Zen Buddhist Center (aka “Johanneshof”) to discuss matters pertaining to the continuation of the Dharma Sangha lineage. It was the first time this group met in person. A follow-up meeting is…

Getting Ready to Go 100% Solar – A Comprehensive Update

Crestone Mountain Zen Center is becoming a regional example for the globally necessary transition to a Zero Carbon lifestyle. We are currently working on four interrelated areas. Fundraising and Financing Fuel Conversion from Combustion to Solar Electric Energy Efficiency Electric Cars and Carbon Offsets When it comes to fundraising, we just celebrated a big success…

Join the Mailing List

Receive Newsletter and Announcements

CMZC sends out newsletters and announcements. To receive notifications regarding our activities and upcoming events, please provide your contact information below. We do not share our e-mail addresses with any other organization.

Sign up