The Boulder Zen Center was founded in 1978 by a group of students of the Rinzai Zen teacher Joshu Sasaki Roshi. Over the years, that connection faded, and for more than a decade we were primarily an independent lay sitting group. We practiced for decades at Karma Dzong (who were kind enough to offer us space for a small rent), the center for Tibetan Buddhist practice in Boulder, which is now the Boulder Shambhala Center.
Over the years, a number of us became students of Richard Baker Roshi, the Founder and Head Teacher of Dharma Sangha. Roshi’s primary residence is at Crestone Mountain Zen Center (CMZC), a monastery at the base of Crestone Mountain in the rugged Sangre de Cristo mountain range four hours south of Boulder. A number of us have now been practicing there for decades. Consequently, an informal connection between our centers grew, and we began to consider how to formalize that connection.
In June of 2004 we found a home at the Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast. We began sitting there in a tiny upstairs room. In July of 2008 we finished building a Zendo at the B&B, and we began sitting there with Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi as our formal Head Teacher and Abbot. The depth of our connection continues to evolve, and we regularly invite Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi, the Director of CMZC, to Boulder to teach.