Seminar with Zenki Dillo Roshi, October 18-20, 2019

The Four Bodhisattva Vows: Transformation, Liberation, Wisdom, Compassionate Action

A Weekend Seminar at Dharma Sangha Boulder/Briar Rose B&B


Seminar description:

“What kind of person do I want to be in the world?” In the Mahayana and Zen traditions, the ideal practitioner is described as a Bodhisattva. Can this ideal still help us find our way in today’s world?

The Four Tenets of Buddhism are that transformation is possible, that liberation from suffering is possible, that living in accord with how things actually exist is possible, and that living for the benefit of all beings is possible. They align with the Four Bodhisattva Vows.

In this seminar, we will explore basic teachings and practices that support the Bodhisattva’s (my!?) commitment to transformation, liberation, wisdom, and compassionate action.

The Bodhisattva’s Vows are not fulfilled in the future. They guide my intimate engagement with each moment – now. What does it take to not hold back and participate fully in the messy and complex experience of being human? Can I commit to being fully alive with, for, and through all beings – knowing I will repeatedly lose my presence, not always be completely skillful, and inevitably be reminded by others that I’m a less than perfect person?

Maybe I’ll find that, fundamentally, there is no person after all, even though, conventionally speaking, a person shows up in every moment.


Seminars led by Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi are an opportunity for new and experienced students to explore teachings of Zen Buddhism together. The topic for each seminar is developed through informal Dharma talks, question and answer, open discussion, and small groups.

Participants in this seminar are invited to stay at the Briar Rose. It is also possible to participate while staying at home, though all are encouraged to attend morning and evening Zazen and meals. BZC can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please register early if you would like to be assured a spot at this seminar.

The seminar will begin with dinner Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., run from early morning Zazen through evening Zazen on Saturday, and early morning Zazen through lunch on Sunday. Participants are encouraged to stay after lunch Sunday for a Sangha meeting at 1:30 p.m. (All are welcome and encouraged to come to the open Sangha meeting, whether or not you attend the seminar.)

The cost for the seminar is $225 (please note this is inclusive of the teaching fee, a change from previous years). Several scholarship slots are available. Please contact Laurie Nusbaum (contact info below) if you would like to be considered for a slot.

If you have questions, or to reserve a space for this seminar, please contact Laurie Nusbaum –


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