On Saturday, November 17th the morning Dharma Talk will be given by Kritee Kanko, a Boulder-area climate scientist and Zen priest. Kritee is the founding teacher of Boundless in Motionan engaged spirituality organization aimed at building a spiritually rooted movement towards justice, equity, and inclusion for all life on the planet. She is a sensei in the Zen lineage of Cold Mountain, executive director of Boulder Eco-Dharma Sangha, and a co-founder of Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center.
Kritee will reflect on the recent election cycle in relation to Buddhist practice and environmental justice, asking the question, “How can we deal with work and family pressures of our personal lives while fulfilling our fundamental promise to serve all beings as Buddhists?”
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 manager@briarrosebb.com. 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.
Sei Shin Russell Smith, a Zen priest and longtime 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 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 Russell via email (Russell.smith108 ‘at’ gmail.com) if you have any questions.

In 2019 Dharma Sangha Boulder will host its third annual Winter Practice Program (WPP), beginning in mid-February (opening ceremony is Sunday, February 10th from 9:00 a.m. till approximately noon) and ending Sunday, April 14th. The program is an opportunity for people to voluntarily intensify their practice for a period of nine weeks, with support from Dharma teaching and fellow practitioners. There will be an interest meeting in early January for people who would like to ask questions – check our email newsletter or this page for the date announcement. The program is guided by Zenki Dillo Roshi, and in 2019 our local Practice Leader will be Sei Ren Laurie Nusbaum.

Practitioners who have attended a previous WPP are welcome to join, but please note that the requirements for the program are different than the previous two years. To register, please contact Sei Ren Laurie (info below). For those who have not done the program before, please contact Laurie, who will serve as the local Practice Leader for the 2019 program, to do a check-in about the program and see if it sounds like a good fit for your practice at this time:

laurie.nusbaum ‘at’ gmail.com

Components of the 2019 Winter Practice Program (WPP):

  • Attendance: All WPP participants will be expected to attend the Opening Ceremony (Sunday, Feb. 10), Practice Leader Dharma talks on Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 17th, at least one individual or group meeting with the Practice Leader (dates TBD – different days/times will be offered to accommodate people’s schedules), Zenki Roshi’s Chautauqua seminar (March 8-10 or 9-10), and the Closing Ceremony (April 14). If someone can’t attend any of these events due to family or work obligations, or illness, they are expected to let the Practice Leader know as soon as possible ahead of time.
  • Personal Practice Commitment: A voluntary personal commitment to intensify one’s practice in some way (e.g. sitting Zazen more frequently; taking on a practice obligation at the Boulder Zen Center, such as being Zendo Opener once a week; committing to practice with the group once each week; traveling to Crestone for a monk week or Sesshin; any commitment one feels will be pertinent to deepening one’s Zen practice).
  • Practice Buddy: Weekly communication with a “practice buddy”—someone else from the program, assigned at the opening ceremony. We encourage the communications to be in-person or on the phone, and to be structured exchanges where each person has the chance to share how their experience with their practice commitment is going. (More suggestions for the buddy system will be offered for those who join the program.)
  • Dharma talks by Zenki Dillo Roshi and Sei Ren Laurie Nusbaum will be recorded and made available to program participants.
  • A complete list of practice events offered through Dharma Sangha Boulder and the Crestone Mountain Zen Center during the time of the WPP will be made available to program registrants to help structure their commitments.