Getting Started

Beginning instruction in zazen (seated meditation) is the most readily available way to get started at the ZCD. Instruction is offered each month on one Tuesday and one Thursday evening beginning at 6:45 p.m.; please check the calendar or call the office for specific dates. Once you have attended an introductory class, you are welcome to attend most ZCD events thereafter, including our regular evening and morning sittings and Sunday teisho. A small donation each time you visit is appreciated.

Teisho and Dharma talks are held on two or more Sundays each month from 8-10:30 a.m. A short chanting service and the talk follows two rounds of zazen. You can attend the full schedule or just come at 8:45 a.m. for the chanting and talk. Tea and cookies are served after the talk; please feel welcome to stay and get acquainted with members of our community.

Introduction to Zen seminars are a thoroughgoing introduction to the theory and practice of Zen, and are a prerequisite for membership at the ZCD. The day-and-a-half-long seminars are held on three weekends per year. Introduction to Zen classes are also offered on consecutive Monday evenings several times a year.

Visiting Zen students from other Zen centers who would like to join us for zazen or other events are very welcome. Please contact the office by email or phone (303-455-1500) before coming. Plan on arriving 30 minutes early to allow time for orientation.