Zenju Randy Fox, a longtime Zen practitioner and 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).

Registration is not required, but if possible, please email Randy in advance to let him know you’ll be coming: jrandallfox ‘at’ 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 Randy if you have any questions.

Please read below for details, and email Laurie Nusbaum (laurie.nusbaum@gmail.com) with any questions. This practice-study group is intended for people who have an existing relationship to the Boulder Zen Center.

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Boulder Zen Center hosted the first iteration a “White Awake” study group this fall. We, met six times over twelve weeks, with the intention to look deeply at the issue of race, both as it exists in the world and as it relates to practice. This post is to let everyone know about the second study group of this kind that BZC will be hosting. This group provides a safe environment in which we can work toward a deeper understanding of our relationship to race and racism, so that we can support needed societal change from a place of awareness, honesty, and clarity.

We will be guided primarily by the curriculum that has been established by the nonprofit organization “White Awake,” an offshoot of the Insight Meditation Society (https://whiteawake.org/about/). To borrow from their website: “Alongside externally focused social engagement—activism, civil disobedience, electoral politics, solidarity organizing, and all other ways we are called to meet the pressing demands of our time—each of us is tasked with the work of untangling truth from lies, uncovering hidden stories, and purifying our hearts. It is this work of education, spiritual healing, and building culture that White Awake is designed to support as part of a larger, integrated movement for healthy social change.”

The group will meet beginning in late January or early February and will be co-facilitated by Matt Zepelin, Amy Robertson, and Laurie Nusbaum. It will meet monthly, nine times over a nine month period. Each session will begin with a short meditation, followed by dialogue based on resources made available by White Awake. We will meet on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons – we will consult with those who express interest to determine which dates and times would work best for the most people.

We will ask for a commitment from each participant to attend at least seven of the nine sessions, and to do a brief homework assignment, in most cases reading an article, watching a video, or listening to a talk, in preparation for each session.

With this, we invite those who feel drawn to be in this group and who feel they can make the commitment to let us know of your interest by email. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the website, so that you have a good understanding of what the Study Group entails. Please let us know of your interest by emailing Laurie (laurie.nusbaum@gmail.com).

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.
Boulder-based Buddhist teacher and author David Loy will give the Saturday morning Dharma Talk on January 25th. We’ll begin with Zazen meditation from 9:00-9:40, then walking meditation or interlude for ten minutes, and David’s talk will begin at 9:50. If it’s your first time visiting the center, please arrive at 8:40 for a brief orientation to the Zendo.
The talk will address themes from David’s most recent book, Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis. David also engages this topic through his role as cofounder of the Rocky Mountain EcoDharma Center, a low-cost retreat center located near Boulder, just above Jamestown. He is a lineage holder in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism and author of numerous books. David will have books available for purchase and signing after the talk.