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. This is particularly important at a lay (non-monastic) center.
Along with regular morning and evening sittings, 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).
As of Aug. 31, 2015, the Zen Center of Denver is no longer situated in our old 31st Ave. location, having sold that building. We have since purchased a new property in the DU area and are working on designing a new center; until it is built, however, we are using two locations as temporary practice spaces: the Mayu Sanctuary (1804 S. Pearl St.) and the Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (1939 South Monroe St.). Please check the calendar or the Upcoming Events sidebar to determine which location is being used that day.
Update: Beginning January 2016, only our Tuesday evening sittings will be held at Mayu Sanctuary. All other regular sittings will be held at RMMC.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the office at 303-455-1500 or office@ZenCenterofDenver.org.
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