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, 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.

Upcoming Events Online

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.

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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…

Lay Initiation (Jukai)

The 2019 Lay Initiation Weekend took place from July 12-14, 2019. Part of taking the precepts is taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. The presence and support of the Sangha are essential for these ceremonies. Please mark your calendar for June 12-14, 2020, when we will hold the next Jukai ceremony. Three practitioners –…

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