About the ZCD

Welcome to the online home of the Zen Center of Denver. We are a Buddhist sangha (community) offering Zen Buddhist practice and training. The Zen Center of Denver is associated with the Diamond Sangha, an international affiliation of practice centers and teachers in the Harada-Yasutani line of Zen Buddhism, as taught and transmitted by the Western Zen pioneer Robert Aitken.

The primary practice of the Zen Center of Denver is zazen, seated meditation. Zazen is the heart of Zen practice and is both the full expression of inherent enlightenment and the means of uncovering that enlightenment. However, Zen practice is not just sitting in stillness; it is expressed in all our daily activities.

Along with daily zazen, the ZCD offers a full range of opportunities for Zen training, including dokusan (private instruction with a teacher), samu (work practice), zazenkai (all-day sittings), and sesshin (week-long retreats).


The Zen Center of Denver is located at 1856 S. Columbine Street, Denver, CO 80210, close to the intersection of University Boulevard and I-25. Parking is limited around the temple, and you may wish to consider using alternative transportation; the Center is easily accessible by bicycle, and the University light rail station is about a ten-minute stroll away.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the office at 303-455-1500 or office@ZenCenterofDenver.org. Our regular office hours are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday. Please call or email ahead if you wish to drop by the Center in person outside of our scheduled event times.

The ZCD is on Facebook! Like the Zen Center of Denver Facebook page to see photos, announcements, and quotes from our teachers in your feed.

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