Teachers

Zentatsu Baker Roshi

Zentatsu Richard Baker is the Founder and Head Teacher of the Dharma Sangha centers in the United States and Europe. In the United States he lives at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center in Colorado; and in Germany, at the ‘Dharma Zentrum Quellenweg’ in the Black Forest.

Zentatsu Richard Baker is the Founder and Head Teacher of the Dharma Sangha centers in the United States and Europe. In the United States he lives at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center in Colorado; and in Germany, at the ‘Dharma Zentrum Quellenweg’ in the Black Forest.

He is the Dharma Successor of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the first Zen Master to establish residential and monastic practice for laypeople and monks in the West. In 1966, with and for Suzuki Roshi, Baker Roshi co-founded the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California, the first traditional Zen monastery outside of Asia.

From 1968 to 1971, he studied in Japan at Antaiji, Eiheiji, and Daitokuji Zen monasteries. He became Suzuki Roshi’s Dharma Heir in 1969 and was installed by Suzuki Roshi as the second Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center in 1971.

Baker Roshi subsequently founded the Green Gulch Zen Practice Community and Farm in Marin County, California in 1972. During the ’70s, he pioneered a number of businesses related to Zen practice. In 1983, he founded the Dharma Sangha.

Zenki Dillo Roshi

Zenki Christian Dillo is a Resident Teacher and Director at Crestone Mountain Zen Center, and also regularly teaches at the Boulder Zen Center and in Europe. He began his Zen practice in 1996 at the San Francisco Zen Center and received dharma transmission from Zentatsu Baker Roshi in 2013.

Zenki Christian Dillo is a Resident Teacher and Director at Crestone Mountain Zen Center, and also regularly teaches at the Boulder Zen Center and in Europe.

He began his Zen practice in 1996 at the San Francisco Zen Center and received dharma transmission from Zentatsu Baker Roshi in 2013. Before becoming a full-time monastic resident at Dharma Sangha’s Buddhist Study Center in the Black Forest, Germany, in 2000, he pursued an academic career studying body and mind through concepts of Western phenomenology. He moved to Crestone Mountain Zen Center in 2003, where he lives with his wife, the light artist Sophia Dixon Dillo.

He continues Baker Roshi’s teaching of Zen practice as a craft. His main focus is on bringing Buddhism experientially alive within Western cultural horizons while staying committed to the traditional emphasis on yogic embodiment.

28 - 01December - January

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

December 28, 2019 Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Dream Way, Crestone, Colorado, USA Unlimited tickets
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09 - 16January - April

Practice Period

January 9, 2020 2000 E Dreamway Crestone Colorado 81131 Unlimited tickets
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06 - 08March

Weekend Seminar (Boulder)

March 6, 2020 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80302 Unlimited tickets
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31 - 08March - April

Sesshin

March 31, 2020 2000 East Dreamway, Crestone CO 81131 Unlimited tickets
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27 - 02April - May

Wild Dharma 2020: Dirty Devil Canyon

April 27, 2020 Hanksville, UT, USA Unlimited tickets
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23 - 31May

Work Week

May 23, 2020 Crestone Mountain Zen Center, 2000 East Dream Way, Crestone, Colorado, USA Unlimited tickets
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12 - 14June

Jukai Lay Initiation Weekend

June 12, 2020 Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Dream Way, Crestone, CO, United States Unlimited tickets
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18 - 21June

Weekend Sitting

June 18, 2020 Unlimited tickets
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13 - 04July - October

Summer Work Practice

July 13, 2020 Crestone Mountain Zen Center, East Dreamway, Crestone, CO, USA Unlimited tickets
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30 - 05August - September

Wild Dharma 2020: Sangres

August 30, 2020 Unlimited tickets
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05 - 12October

Work Week

October 5, 2020 Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Dream Way, Crestone, Colorado, USA Unlimited tickets
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05 - 08November

Weekend Sitting

November 5, 2020 Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Dream Way, Crestone, Colorado, USA Unlimited tickets
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30 - 08November - December

Rohatsu Sesshin

November 30, 2020 Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Dream Way, Crestone, Colorado, USA Unlimited tickets
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