Bozeman Zen Group

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bozeman Zen Group is to support the practice of Zen Buddhism. A group of lay practitioners, we come together to encourage and inspire each other to be mindful and compassionate in our everyday lives. We provide regular opportunities for Zen practice and education in Southwestern Montana.

Schedule

Monday Evenings

Gather  |  6:45 pm
Zazen (silent sitting)  |  7:00
Chant  |  7:40
Tea and Discussion  |  7:45
Close  |  8:30

The Zen Group is hosting a summer practice period (June 9-July 10) and will offer additional opportunities for zazen and Dharma teaching during this time.  More information on the practice period can be found here.

How to Find Us

We meet at the Bozeman Dharma Center, 1019 E Main St, 2nd floor.  The Dharma Center is in a two-story brick building at the back of a large parking lot north of Main Street. Please enter through the building’s main front door and use the inside stairway or elevator to the second floor.  The Center is wheelchair accessible.

Our Teacher

Karen DeCotis is a Zen student and teacher who received priest ordination in the Soto Lineage in 2016. She has taught the Bozeman Zen Group for 14 years and practiced at the Berkeley Zen Center and San Francisco Zen Center beginning in 1986. Devoted to service and engaged learning, Karen brings knowledge of and experience with the Buddhist traditions along with a clear-eyed view of human life, suffering and transformation.  She is known for her humor and warmth, bringing her intelligence, wit and humility to every teaching opportunity.

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Meditation Instruction

We offer Zen meditation instruction for anyone who requests it. You are welcome to join us without attending instruction, and may drop in on our group on Monday evening.

We recommend instruction for those new to Zen practice and can also arrange instruction outside of our regular meeting time and place. If you arrive 15 minutes early to our gathering, it is likely we can orient you and give basic instruction.

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For more information, visit the BZG’s website.

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