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  • 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…

  • 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 –…

  • Boulder Winter Practice Program 2019

    On February 10th, Dharma Sangha Boulder (the Boulder Zen Center) kicked off its third annual Winter Practice Program (WPP). Modeled on a long-running program at our Dharma Sangha center in Vienna, Austria, the Boulder WPP runs in parallel with the annual monastic Practice Period at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center and is a way for…

  • Zenki Roshi at San Francisco Zen Center

    Tenzen David Zimmerman Roshi, the recently installed new Abbot of San Francisco City Center, invited Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi to give a dharma talk at the San Francisco Zen Center. Zenki Roshi’s October 27th lecture was live streamed and can be viewed on the SFZC website. Video: Go to the livestream archive, click play on the current…

  • 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…

  • October Work Week: Fire Mitigation/Firewood Production

    In addition to the Work Week in May, we will have a second Work Week from October 5-13, 2019. We are looking for volunteers to help us with an exciting new approach that integrates fire control with forest health and the production of firewood as a low-carbon energy source. Come join us this fall for…

  • New Year’s Seminar – Baker Roshi’s Last Formal Teaching

    The New Year’s Seminar in Crestone will be Baker Roshi’s last formal teaching. The topic is: “Yogic Time, Practice Time, A New Year’s Seminar.” Baker Roshi’s retirement from formal teaching will begin in 2019. However, going forward, he plans to be available during certain days each month he’s in residence to meet with whomever shows…

  • Dharma Weekends with Zenki Roshi in Boulder and Crested Butte

    Boulder Dharma Weekends The monthly Dharma Weekends have become a stable part of the Boulder Zen Center programs. They combine four elements that can be attended separately or together: Dharma Talk (Saturdays, 9 am-12 pm). After one period of Zazen, Zenki Roshi will give the regularly scheduled Saturday Dharma Talk. There will be a break,…

  • Offsetting Car and Air Travel – Another Step on the Path to Zero Carbon

    CMZC is partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset the Center’s car and air travel by supporting a tropical reforestation project. Offsets in Numbers CMZC obtained offset certificates from Carbonfund.org for 38.4 metric tonnes of carbon pollution generated between July 2017 and December 2018. CMZC’s total mileage generated from 3 cars in 2018 was 20,012 miles resulting…