“The Path of the Precepts”

A Weekend Seminar at Dharma Sangha Boulder/Briar Rose B&B

Seminars led by Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi are an opportunity for new and experienced students to explore teachings of Zen Buddhism together. The topic for each seminar is developed through informal Dharma talks, question and answer, open discussion, and small groups.

Zenki Roshi gives seminars in Crestone and at least one in Boulder each year. The Boulder Zen Center can only accommodate a limited number of people, and these seminars have sold out early.  

Due to a scheduling issue, the “The Path of the Precepts” seminar will NOT be residential (i.e., other than a few out-of-town participants, people will not stay at the Briar Rose), and therefore will not include early morning Zazen, evening Zazen, or meals.

The seminar will begin Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday (with a lunch break), and run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Participants are encouraged to come back after lunch for a Sangha meeting at 1:30 p.m. (All are welcome and encouraged to come to the open Sangha meeting, whether or not you attended the seminar.) The cost will be $150, plus a traditional teaching donation. Members at the “Supporting Member” level or higher will receive a 10% discount. The teaching donation amount is up to you. (For the teaching donation, please make out a separate check to Christian Dillo.)

To reserve a space for this seminar, please contact Matt Zepelin, Matthew.zepelin ‘at’ gmail.com.

Experience Zazen and mindfulness practices led by Sangha member Seijo Jean-Jacques Joris at Twin Oaks Farm, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 5th. The event will begin with a 45-minute period of Zazen in the property’s meditation hall, followed by several mindfulness exercises involving the horses and other animals on this beautiful therapy and training farm. The event will run till approximately 4:30. There is no fee but donations will be accepted. RSVP to Jean-Jacques at jeanjacquesjoris@gmail.com so we can collect a head-count, and also feel free to contact him with questions.

Why mindfulness with horses? “Put simply, horses read and react to the conscious and unconscious signals that we send. For this reason, interaction with horses may allow us to develop awareness of our unconscious communication with the outside world – unconscious messages that we constantly send, which shape our environment’s response to us.”

Working together is an important aspect of Zen practice. These work days bring us together as a sangha. They are also supportive for those of us who are committed to keeping up the daily practice schedule.

It is wonderful to share the full day of practice together, for those who are able to stay through the entire schedule. That said, we also welcome participation for any part of the day.

Please RSVP to Matt if you plan to come for any part of the day, to help in planning projects: Matthew.zepelin ‘at’ gmail.com

The schedule is as follows:

9:00 zazen
9:40 kinhin
9:50 lecture
10:30 work meeting
10:45 formal (silent) work practice
12:15 cleanup
12:30 brown-bag lunch on the lawn
1:15 informal work
2:45 end work / cleanup
3:00 zazen
3:30 optional tea and practice discussion
For questions, please call Matt at 303-895-5278

Sei Ren Laurie Nusbaum, an experienced student of Zentatsu Baker Roshi, 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 ritual, 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 Laurie via email (laurie.nusbaum ‘at’ gmail.com) if you have any questions.