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  • Lay Initiation (Jukai)

    This year’s Lay Initiation Weekend took place from July 12-14. Three practitioners – Donald Dodge, Anna Floyd, and Jason Ruby – received the Bodhisattva precepts in a ceremony with Zenki Dillo Roshi. It was a festive Sangha event with over 30 persons supporting the initiates. Part of taking the precepts is taking refuge in Buddha,…

  • 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…

  • What is Wild Dharma?

    We just completed our mountains-and-waters journey in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Take a look at the slideshow above. In one of the dharma talks, Zenki Roshi addressed the question of why we take our Zen practice into the wild:     Wild Dharma is now an established part of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center’s…

  • Taking the Precepts

    From July 13-15, Crestone Mountain Zen Center hosted an Ordination Weekend. Marilyn Krill and Pete Byrne received the precepts in a Lay Initiation Ceremony with Zenki Dillo Roshi. Before the ceremony, Zenki Roshi gave a dharma talk introducing the practice of the precepts to the assembly of Dharma Sangha practitioners and Marilyn and Peter’s family and friends…