Dharma Community


  • Location: 3825 Iris Ave #300, Boulder, CO USA
  • Description

  • The Denver Boulder Community establishes its roots as Doshin Roshi’s “laboratory” for creating an integral sangha since the early 2000’s. It has been and continues to be a dynamic and evolving practice container which includes traditional forms of Rinzai Zen, Mondo Zen, and exploration of our deep emotional and interpersonal messiness-all as vehicles to greater liberation. We value our Buddhist lineage, silence, realness, and a willingness to be uncomfortable as we leave no stone unturned.

  • Offerings

  • The Denver-Boulder community has weekly offerings as well as retreat opportunities.

    Our core sangha meeting is on Sundays from 7:30 am- 11:30am. We begin with traditional zazen until 9:00 am and usually follow with a potluck breakfast. This is followed by Zen Circle, our community’s integral core practice and toolbox for liberating shadows, traumas and attachment wounds. Mondo Zen is a prerequisite for regular attendance in our the Zen Circle. There is a suggested donation of $15-35 for this program.

    There is Tuesday and Thursday morning zazen at the Boulder zendo from 7:15-8:45 am. This includes short instructions with a focus on posture and breath, all are welcome to attend. There is a suggested donation of $5-15.

    For more information about our retreats as well as programs in the greater Integral Zen community, visit www.integralzen.org

  • Leaders

  • Rev. Zenho Chad BennettRev. Zenho Chad Bennett, MA, LPC is an Integral Zen Priest that has been practicing meditation since 2003, spending several years in Thailand and India doing extended periods of Therevadan retreat. He returned to the USA for a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University and his teaching style is practical and experiential, stressing the importance of healthy holistic character development all the way up and down the evolutionary spiral. Chad is currently in private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor and leads the Integral Zen Denver/Boulder community as a senior student of Doshin Roshi.

Rocks and Waters

  • Contact Name: Rev. Kodo Michael Elser
  • Location: 68 Blue Heron Drive, Portsmouth
  • New Hampshire
  • 03810
  • United States
  • Email: [email protected]
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  • Description

  • Members of our Dharma community have the opportunity to meet regularly for Morning Service, meditation, qigong, discussion and, of course, share a meal. We also meet regularly by Zoom to discuss whatever is “up” for individuals.

    Our emphasis is on cultivating meditative awareness, clear intention (not clouded by shadow), wisdom and compassion. Our tools include disciplined concentration meditation, the Mondo Koan Dialectic, shadow work, Integral understanding and the study of lineage teachings.

  • Offerings

    • Sunday morning zazen at 8:30 am
    • Scheduled Zoom meetings
    • Mondo Zen facilitation and meditation instruction (by appointment)
    • Consultation with an Integral Zen priest (by appointment)
  • Leaders

  • Rev. Kodo Aishi Mike ElserRev. Kodo Aishi Mike Elser was ordained as a Hollow Bones priest by Jun Po Roshi Denis Kelly in 2015. Kodo is helping to build the Integral Zen organization, is co-leading 3-day Integral Mondo Zen Retreats, and is building an awakening community of practice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Kodo has played many roles in life: musician, teacher, corporate executive, small business owner, leader in the Mankind Project husband, father, friend.

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