Practice online with us

In order to protect our sangha and the public, the ZCD is moving our practice programs online until further notice.

Please note that we will be hosting an at-home sesshin (Zen retreat) June 2 – 6. As the sesshin is only open to members, we will not offering public events that week. We will resume our regular schedule Monday, June 8.

Dear Friends,

We know you are keeping up with the rapidly changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. We all know that our collective actions now may assist in slowing the spread of the virus and thereby save lives. We are therefore closing the Zen Center of Denver for in-person gatherings at least through April. We urge you all to take wise precautions appropriate for your age and risk and to get advice from your doctors and reputable sources; that is wisdom practice. Remember too the importance of opening our hearts and helping, as you are able, those in need; that is compassion practice. While we may not meet in person, we can be face to face online or by phone and continue to support each other through appropriate actions and generosity of spirit.

We are currently hard at work setting up practice opportunities online, in particular via Zoom, which we are using to do zazen together, listen to talks and join discussions. This is a rapidly evolving process, and we appreciate your patience as we learn alongside you how best to use these online tools.

Currently we have scheduled a number of practice events on Zoom. Click on the link to join the meeting at the scheduled time; you will have to install the app to join. Note that your microphone will be automatically muted when you enter the meeting, and will be unmuted by the moderator when it is time for discussion. Newcomers should note as well that we do not currently offer beginning instruction during our regular sittings, and zazen is practiced in silence; so you may wish to first try a Wednesday beginners’ night by way of getting situated with the practice.

Sunday morning practice, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.: One 25-minute round of zazen followed by a teisho (Dharma talk), discussion or other practice events. Join URL:

Tuesday evening zazen, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (with Karin Ryuku Roshi and and Peggy Metta Roshi): One 25-minute round of zazen followed by a short talk and a discussion of a Dharma topic. Join URL:

Wednesday morning zazen, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.: Two 25-minute rounds of zazen with chanting. Join URL:

Thursday evening zazen, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (with Ken Tetsuzan Roshi): Join URL:

Friday morning zazen, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.: Two 25-minute rounds of zazen with chanting. Join URL:

Buddhist Recovery Group, each Monday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: One round of meditation followed by a group discussion supporting recovery from drugs and alcohol. Please note that this is not an AA meeting. All are welcome. Join URL:

Beginners’ instruction, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Recommended for anyone new to Zen meditation, our beginners’ nights include brief instruction in how to practice seated meditation (zazen), followed by one 25-minute round of meditation and a discussion period. Offered the third Wednesday of each month; the next beginners’ night is June 17. Join URL:

One comment

  1. Thank you, Joel. If only there were some way to have a sitting electronically… Suzy W.



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