Blue Mountain Sesshin, June 2015


By Cathy Wright

This year, the Blue Mountain sesshin coincided with the birth of summer. Every insect, bug, bird, flower, and long days of daylight filled me to the brim with awe and wonder. Due to the longer rounds of sitting and longer rounds of kinhin, nature just burst into the forefront of every activity and drew me into its arms.

This mountain sesshin comes once a year and holds seventeen students. The zendo uses solar batteries to run two ceiling fans, a refrigerator in the kitchen, and a few light bulbs. For nine years I have been a part of this mountain zazen.

This year the teishos were delivered by both Peggy Sensei and Karin Sensei, and came from the reading “Affirming Faith in Mind.” I was the tanto this year, and was able to step back and witness the harmony of samu necessary to pull a silent sesshin along day after day.

With all the hummingbirds darting around, flowers popping their heads up from the forest floor, and tall trees to give shade by day, the silent zazen was deep and rich with gratitude to be alive, to have a practice, and to be a part of the mystery of everyday existence.

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The beautiful Blue mountain retreat center
A tree house / dorm room
The view from the dokusan tent

Archives now online

ZCD members and friends will be happy to know that our archives of both the Mountains Talking newsletter and of recorded teisho are now available on our website under the Resources menu. These archives reach back to late 1999, and the hundreds of recorded teisho in particular represent an invaluable resource for Zen students. Enjoy!


Welcome to the new website for the Zen Center of Denver! Whether you’re a longtime ZCD member or completely new to Zen, please explore and enjoy. Along with a cleaner look, the new website offers some notable new features, including:

• dynamic blog content, including excerpts from teisho and highlights of upcoming events

• integration with Google Calendar, through the Calendar page and the Upcoming events sidebar

• integration with Google Maps, through the sidebar map

• audio recordings of teisho, through the Recorded Teisho page

• integration with social media apps, including the ZCD Facebook page

Of course, this site is still under construction, and both appearance and content will continue to develop as we refine our vision. Thanks!