In anticipation of the second annual Dharma Sangha Boulder Winter Practice Program, which will begin on January 7th and last till late March or early April, there will be an interest meeting in the living room of the Briar Rose from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15th. Modeled on similar programs in the Dharma Sangha in Vienna and other Zen communities, the program is an opportunity for people to voluntarily intensify their practice for a period of several months. Participants make their own commitments based on their intentions and life circumstances, with support from Dharma teaching, fellow practitioners, and a “practice buddy.” People who are interested in joining the program and did not participate in 2017 are encouraged to attend. Those who did participate in the first such program are also welcome to come, as there will be a few changes to the structure of the 2018 program based on feedback received from previous participants. Attending the interest meeting is encouraged but is not a requirement for joining the program.
 If you have questions, please contact Matt at matthew.zepelin ‘at’ gmail.com.”

Seigen Amy Robertson, 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 Amy via email (amy.robertson ‘at’ comcast.net) if you have any questions.