Zen Programs



New Year’s Seminar – “What is Freedom?”

December 28, 2019 Unlimited tickets
The topic of the seminar will be developed through lectures, question and answer, open discussion, and small groups.
 On New Year’s Eve we will have a festive dinner and a dance party, followed by Zazen and 108 bells to welcome...

Practice Period

January 9, 2020 Unlimited tickets
At Crestone Mountain Zen Center we continue the monastic tradition of the 90-day Practice Period. During the Practice Period residents and students are engaged in a rigorous daily schedule of Zazen, oryoki meals, lectures, study, and ceremony. All Practice Period participants live together for...


March 31, 2020 Unlimited tickets
Sesshin means to gather the mind. Sesshin is a traditional seven-day meditation intensive. It includes sitting and walking meditation, oryoki meals, daily Dharma talks, and private interviews with the teacher. Read more...

Wild Dharma 2020: Dirty Devil Canyon

April 27, 2020 Unlimited tickets
The route of this 5-day expedition stretches from mountain to desert through some of the most remote and rugged wildlands in southeast Utah. We will ford muddy rivers swallowed by high canyon corridors and camp beside ancient cottonwoods. Solitude is the norm...

Work Week

May 23, 2020 Unlimited tickets
During the Work Week the Sangha will come together to plant the vegetable garden, continue with improving the campus landscaping, develop the soil in the new garden plot, and prepare the facilities for the summer guest season. Come enjoy the camaraderie...

Jukai Lay Initiation Weekend

June 12, 2020 Unlimited tickets

Weekend Sitting

June 18, 2020 Unlimited tickets
A Weekend Sitting is a two-and-a-half-day day meditation intensive. Arrival is between 4-5 pm, we will have an opening dinner on Thursday at 6 pm, followed by evening meditation. All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning will be dedicated to...

Wild Dharma 2020: Sangres

August 30, 2020 Unlimited tickets
On this 5-day expedition, we will explore Crestone Mountain Zen Center's backyard, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. We will head up the Cotton Creek drainage, camp at several high alpine lakes, cross three 12,000 ft passes, and walk together through expansive...