Boulder Zen Center

Welcome to the Boulder Zen Center. We are a lay Zen Buddhist practice center in the heart of Boulder, Colorado. Everyone is welcome to join our practice.


  • Please note that the time for Thursday evening Zazen has moved 15 minutes earlier. The schedule is now two periods of Zazen from 5:45-6:15pm and 6:20-6:50pm, with a five minute interval in between.
  • Boulder Zen Center is physically closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Our normal weekly and monthly practice schedule is being held in an online format, using the platform Zoom. Please see the posts in the left sidebar for more information on the schedule and to review tips for etiquette for online practice sessions.
  • Updates will be posted on this website, on our FACEBOOK PAGE, and via the BZC EMAIL NEWSLETTER. If you have questions, please contact Matt: Matthew.zepelin ‘at’
  • There is a joint Membership Program between the Boulder Zen Center and Crestone Mountain Zen Center.
  • Please see our Dharma Weekend Schedule with Zenki Roshi.
  • The Boulder Zen Center has a Dharma library available for members, with the catalogue available online at If you would like a login to browse the library, please contact the library administrator at


Dharma Sangha Boulder is a Zen Buddhist practice center located in central Boulder, Colorado. The center owns the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, and we have a Zendo (meditation room) at the B&B. Dharma Sangha is the lineage of Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi, Dharma Heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and we are formally affiliated with the Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Dharma Sangha’s monastery on Crestone Mountain in Southern Colorado.

The heart of our practice is our daily meditation (zazen) schedule. We also practice a chanting and bowing service on weekday mornings. In addition, the center sponsors a number of Zen Seminars each year, as well as other practice events such as Sangha work days and potlucks.

Our Guiding Teacher is Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi, who is Baker Roshi’s Dharma Heir and is the Director and Resident Teacher of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. Ryokan Gary Hardin, an ordained priest in the Soto Zen lineage of Baker Roshi, is the Head of Practice (Tanto) in Boulder. Please see our calendar for a listing of the events scheduled for this year that are in addition to our daily practice schedule.

All of our practice is held in our Zendo at the Briar Rose, with the exception of occasional seminars held at the Chautauqua Community House at the base of the mountains in Chautauqua Park (about 2 miles from the Briar Rose).