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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.

Special News

PMZC Resumes In-person Practice

Beginning on June 13th, PMZC Sunday morning practice will be offered both in-person at The Meditation Place and simultaneously via Zoom. In-person attendance is open to people who are fully vaccinated and if we have participant contact information.  Masks are optional.  We will maintain a six foot distance from each other as much as feasible. If you are not fully vaccinated, please join us via Zoom.

We will also offer a Monday morning sitting and service beginning June 14th, in-person at The Meditation Place and simultaneously via Zoom. The sitting begins at 6:30 am with the same attendance criteria as Sundays.

In-person sittings in Fort Collins are not likely to resume until August.

The Meditation Place to Close

Unfortunately, we did not pass through the pandemic unscathed.  Not enough clients of The Meditation Place are returning to cover the lease payment, so we will be closing our Longmont location as soon as we find a replacement tenant who can sub-lease from us.  We plan to continue in-person practice at The Meditation Place until then.

Once we have found a replacement tenant, Prairie Mountain Zen Center will be seeking a new practice location in Longmont, but we are not likely to continue the model of The Meditation Place. We will continue our current schedule on Zoom, either with or without a physical practice location.

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Featured Events

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Bodhisattva Precept Ceremony and Closing Ceremony for The Meditation Place

Sunday June 27 will be our last meeting at The Meditation Place.  After meditation, we will have a Bodhisattva precept ceremony for sangha member Daniel Urban.  Following the Bodhisattva precept ceremony there will be a short break, two half hour sittings, and then another ceremony for the closing of the Meditation Place.   After that will be refreshments, packing up the final items and any last minute cleaning. Fully vaccinated members of The Meditation Place community are welcome to attend in person.  All events will also be on Zoom. You may attend for all or any part of the schedule.

8:30 am - 12:15 pm MT.   Zoom link

  8:30  Two 20-minute sittings with walking between.

  9:30  Bodhisattva precept ceremony

10:45  Two 30-minute sittings with walking between

12:00  Closing ceremony 

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"Generosity"

Our speaker on Sunday July 4 will be PMZC Guiding teacher Jodo Cliff Clusin.  Cliff will speak to us about generosity.

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

6:30 pm - sitting

7:00 pm - walking and break

7:10 pm - talk and discussion

"Practicing in the Light of Death"

Six Thursdays starting June 3

6:30 - 8:00 pm MT

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Offered by Reverend Chikyo Ryunin Ewan Magie

We will study and practice with Frank Ostaseski’s book The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully (2017), and study the Satipattna Sutta or The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. 

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Zazen begins at 6:30 and the class runs from 7-8 pm. Each week there will be brief presentation followed by group sharing to keep classes interactive.