Zen Buddhism is a 2,500-year-old tradition, which when properly understood and practiced, makes it possible for us to clarify our minds that we may live with equanimity and compassion in our everyday lives for the benefit of all beings.
To introduce interested people to Zen Buddhism, the Zen Center of Denver offers an introductory 1-1/2 day seminar of lectures and instruction in the theory and practice of Zen. The introductory seminar is led by Ryuku Kempe, Tetsuzan Morgareidge and Metta Sheehan Senseis (spiritual directors of the Zen Center of Denver) and by qualified senior members. The material presented and discussed in the seminars is specifically designed for persons 17 years of age and older. After completing an introductory seminar, one is welcome to take part in nearly all ZCD events and is eligible for membership.
The first day (Saturday) of the seminar includes lectures on the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism and the full scope of Zen training available at the Center, as well as instruction in and practice of sitting and walking meditation. There are also question and answer periods. A light vegetarian lunch and snack are provided. The seminar runs from 9:00 am until approximately 3:30 pm. Please arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 am and wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Please do not wear shorts or short skirts.
The second day (Sunday) of the seminar includes attendance at a teisho (Zen talk) given in the Zendo by a Zen teacher with the ZCD sangha (community) and is followed with refreshments for those who might wish to chat with members of the Center. The second day's activities are from 8:00 am to approximately 10:30 am. Please arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 and wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing of subdued color.
The 2014 seminar dates are:
March 8 & 9
September 13 & 14
It is highly recommended that those who plan on attending the seminar read Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken or The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau in preparation for the seminar. These books clearly reflect the Zen training practiced at the Center. If time is a factor and you can only read one book, Taking the Path of Zen is suggested.
If you would like to attend an introductory seminar, please fill out the seminar registration form and mail it to us along with the fee at least one week in advance, if possible. Registration Form
Forms are also available by e-mail.
Zen Center of Denver
3101 West 31st Avenue
Denver, CO 80211