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, and Resident Teacher, Zenki Dillo Roshi, Dharma Heir of Baker 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

In order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Crestone Mountain Zen Center has cancelled all in-person Zen programs for 2020. Please visit our Zen Programs page for online program offerings. Another way to stay engaged with the Dharma Sangha is through membership. Thank you for your interest and support!

Click here for CMZC’s current policy on COVID-19.

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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

Upgrading Residential and Guest Quarters

Step by step, we’re making efforts to improve the living quarters at Crestone Mountain Zen Center. We want everyone’s basic needs to be met and create a feeling that CMZC can be your other home – your “dharma home.” Most importantly and quite urgently, we need to add space for long-term residents. They are the…

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! Goal Expanded…

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…

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