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Welcome!

Join us for meditation and discussion online

Prairie Mountain Zen Center welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds. We seek to make Zen practice available to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, political affiliation, economic class, sexual orientation, age, and ability.  We recognize that the practice of sitting quietly with yourself, surrounded and supported by others doing the same, can benefit everyone. In our practice, we value both our differences and what we share.

Featured Events

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"Zen Stories from the
Transmission of Light"

On Sunday August 1 our speaker will be sangha member Gene Heater. Gene began his Zen practice at the Boulder Zen Center in the Rinzai Tradition with Gento Richard Barsky.  In response to the Koan, "How does the Buddha manifest the ringing of the bell and the singing of the bird?" he founded the Bird and Bell Meditation Group at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne.  Gene received Lay Ordination from Jodo Cliff Clusin at Bird and Bell on February 10, 2018.  He is a member of Bird and Bell, Prairie Mountain Zen Center and Red Cedar Zen Center.

8:30 - 10:30 am MT.   Zoom link

Two 20-minute sittings with walking meditation between.

Sangha sharing at 9:30

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"The Significance of Buddha’s Robe"

Our speaker on Sunday August 8 will be sangha member Judy Putnam.  Judy worked for the City of Fort Collins in the Light and Power Department for 23 years in various positions from Meter Calibrator to Special Projects Coordinator. As a young student, she gained a Masters degree in Biology and in retirement became a volunteer Master Naturalist with the City of Fort Collins, CO.

 

Her interest in Native American cultures culminated with sewing a traditional brain- tanned dress, leggings and moccasins adorned with porcupine quillwork. These items are now on loan to the Smithsonian from Kate Goes In Center, to whom they were given.

 

She has actively participated in the local Project Linus effort making quilts for hospitalized children and those in compromised situations. Since 2010 she has made over 200 quilts. She is recognized as a Zen Buddhist Sewing Teacher in both the Suzuki tradition and the Katagiri tradition. She has been helping students sew rakusu since 2004 and has been helping students sew okesa since 2013. In 2019 she was recognized by her Guiding Teacher, Angie Boissevain, as a lay teacher of the Dharma.

8:30 - 10:30 am MT.   Zoom link

Two 20-minute sittings with walking meditation between.

Sangha sharing at 9:30

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Thursday Evening Practice

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm MT         Zoom link

A 30-minute sitting, 10 minute break, then a talk and discussion.