BZC Outdoor Estate Sale: Sept 26-27

The Boulder Zen Center will hold an outdoor estate sale on its front lawn, Saturday Sept. 2 and Sunday Sept. 3, 9 AM -3 PM. You are welcome to come! We will adhere to safety regulations due to COVID-19. We will be selling furniture and other household items from the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, which is now closed. The Briar Rose B&B business has supported the BZC for 16 years, and given us a practice home, in large part due to the efforts of Gary Hardin. We are deeply grateful. Now, the BZC staff is in the midst of reenvisioning the property as a residential Zen practice center, with a future lodging business under the name Boulder Guest House. We would love to have your support in this new phase.

Remembering Genro Reynold Bean

On September 8, 2020, our great friend and fellow Zen practitioner Genro Reynold Bean died unexpectedly yet peacefully in his room at the Boulder Zen Center. Hew was 85 years old. Reynold had lived at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center for 9 years before recently moving to Boulder. 

Reynold received lay ordination in 2013 by Dojun Dan Welch Roshi.

It was a joy to live and practice with him. We will miss his charming personality, big heart, and straightforward honesty.

On Sunday, September 13, 2020, we said a final goodbye to Genro Reynold Bean in an intimate and powerful open-air cremation ceremony. The Buddhist portion of the ceremony culminating in the lighting of the pyre was led by Zenki Roshi and the residents of the Boulder Zen Center.

In the prescence of the fire, anyone was invited to speak about Reynold’s life and their relationship to him. Those who spoke included his daughter Malina who read the last word Reynold had composed for the occasion and his son Hamilton who recited Reynold’s poem, “Adventure.” 

A heartfelt thank you to the volunteers of the Crestone End of Life who 12 years ago created the possibility of open-air cremations in Crestone and lovingly cared for what was a seamless and beautiful event. 

With a deep bow to the life and death of dear Reynold Bean,

The BZC Community


Online Inaugural Weekend Sitting: August 29-30

A Note from Zenki Christian Dillo:

Dear Boulder Zen Center Sangha,
As announced about a month ago, together with Gil Detchon, Reynold Bean, Bryant Colie, Kevin Miller and my wife Sophie, I have now made the transition from Crestone to the Boulder Zen Center. The six of us rented a big moving truck and arrived with many boxes on August 15th. Since then we’ve been unpacking, organizing, and adjusting the space to the new use—an urban residential Zen Practice Center in the heart of Boulder.
The Bed & Breakfast, which has supported us for 16 years, is now officially closed. On behalf of the whole Sangha, I want to express my deep gratitude to Ryokan Gary Hardin for leading this effort and for his generous support in this transition.
The new residential Sangha has started daily Zazen in the physical Zendo, while some of you have continued sitting together in the BZC Zoom Zendo.
Soon we want to merge the two and offer a morning and evening schedule with the same times you are used to—but now on a daily basis. This will provide more opportunities for sitting together, which you can make use of as your schedule permits. Zazen and Service (bowing and chanting practice) will be live streamed from the Boulder Zen Center Zendo. 

To start this new schedule and to mark the transition, we will offer an Inaugural Weekend Sitting from August 29-30. Everyone is invited on a donation basis. You can join the whole weekend, which will include a Saturday morning dharma talk, or you can select individual periods. Please click here to view the full schedule.

There will not be a dharma talk this Saturday (August 22).

Please stay tuned and visit our slightly modified and slowly evolving website to stay up to date with the development of our program calendar.
I look forward to practicing with all of you.
In the dharma,