Ejo Matt Zepelin, Administrative Director of the Boulder Zen Center and a longtime practitioner in the sangha, 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).

Registration is not required, but if possible, please email Matt in advance to let him know you’ll be coming: Matthew.zepelin@gmail.com

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 Matt if you have any questions.

In 2020 Dharma Sangha Boulder will host its fourth annual Winter Practice Program (WPP), beginning in mid-February (opening ceremony is Sunday, February 9th from 9:00 a.m. till approximately noon) and ending Sunday, April 19th. Please see below for components of this year’s program.

Components of the 2020 Winter Practice Program (WPP):

  • Attendance: All WPP participants will be expected to attend the Opening Ceremony (Sunday, Feb. 9); Practice Leader Dharma talks on Sunday, March 1st and Sunday, March 29th; 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 7-8); and the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, April 19th. 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 Seigen Amy Robertson 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.