Dragon Lake Zen is a Boulder-based organization of Zen practitioners who are longtime students of Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi. We practice in the White Plum branch of Soto Zen Buddhism, and live at the fruitful intersection of deep tradition and bold innovation. We assert that there exists, here and now, a way and a training that can welcome our divisions, clarify value, and align with the currents of life-force that bring unreasonable joy, clear wisdom, and unconditioned compassion to all beings.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.


~ Wu Men Hui-k’ai (Mumon)
(1183 - 1260)

translated by Stephen Mitchell

Art of Meditation 2024

The Art of Meditation Practice Series are an opportunity for you to come home to your life, awakening to who you really are and to the liberation and vitality that is available in each moment.

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Lineage & Liberation

We invite you to fulfill your longing to discover and participate in practices and communities that restore a connection to self, cultivate resilience in our nervous systems, reawaken our interdependence, and reinvigorate our relationship to life.

The Art of Aliveness

A 7-Day In-Person Retreat - June 23 - June 29, 2024 - Dragon Lake Zen Center - Boulder, CO

The Art of Aliveness retreat is an invitation to come home to your true self, to the potency of reality as it is, and to creatively express the uniqueness of your being. It is an opportunity to connect with a community of others who not only support your practice, but who mirror the preciousness of this one life.