Can you help the annual Wild Dharma expeditions run by the Crestone Mountain Zen Center by donating any items on the wish list below? Your donation would help residents and summer work trade students who don’t have their own gear to join our trips.
  • backpack (3500-5000 cubic inches or 60-80 liter capacity)
  • small stuff sacks
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • rain jacket
  • rain pants
  • down jacket
  • fleece jacket/sweater
  • fleece pants
  • head lamp
  • trekking poles
  • gaiters
If you have such equipment, please contact Gabrielle or Nicole, the managers of the Briar Rose B&B in Boulder, and they will help arrange for you to drop it off there. You can call them at 303-442-3007 or email It will be stored at the B&B and then taken to Crestone.
Any equipment we cannot use or store will be passed on to La Puente in Alamosa, a homeless shelter, family assistance program and food bank that is grateful for any used items they can sell to help finance their programs.
Mushin Hojin Steve Crisman, a Zen priest, longtime student of Zentatsu Baker Roshi, and leader of the Downing Street Zazenkai in Denver, will offer an informal introduction to Zen practice at 9:00 a.m., at the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, 2151 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. Just come in the front door and ask any of the Briar Rose staff to help you find the zendo (meditation room).
The session will last until 10:30 or 11:00 a.m., depending on the group, and how many questions people bring. This event will provide an introduction to Zen practice and its forms, and provide plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. The event is free and open to everyone; donations to the Boulder Zen Center will be accepted. Please contact Steve via email (crisman ‘at’ if you have any questions.
The next Zen Beginnings, to be led by Russell Smith, is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th.