Zen Peacemaker Affiliate - Daily Practice & Training - Food & Shelter Security - Prison Outreach
Zen Center of Denver
ZCD Affiliate is participating in ongoing programs at Englewood Federal Correctional Institute (prison dharma), Samaritan House Denver (serving food), and Metro Caring Food Bank (distribution of food to those in need).

The Zen Center of Denver is a lay Buddhist community offering authentic Zen practice and training to all who wish to uncover their innate wisdom and compassion and live with greater awareness in everyday life.

Along with daily zazen (seated meditation), the ZCD offers a full range of opportunities for Zen training, including Dokusan (private instruction with a teacher), Samu (work practice), Zazenkai (all-day sittings), and Sesshin (week-long retreats).

Founded in 1974 as the Denver Zen Center, our community first functioned as an affiliate of the Rochester Zen Center (of New York). The Denver Zen Center became the autonomous Zen Center of Denver in 1989 when Danan Henry received Dharma transmission from Philip Kapleau Roshi and was assigned as a spiritual director.

In September 2010, Karin Ryuku Kempe, Ken Tetsuzan Morgareidge, and Peggy Metta Sheehan – Dharma heirs of Danan Roshi – received full transmission and jointly assumed spiritual directorship. Our sangha constructed a new temple near the University of Denver in the fall of 2019.


Prison Dharma:
Visits the Englewood Federal Correctional Institute weekly to facilitate discussions and practice sittings, and conduct ceremonies with Buddhist inmates. Members commit to providing service once per month, and some training requirements are involved.

Samaritan House
Most Coloradans know at least a little something about Samaritan House. The first building in the nation built specifically to serve people experiencing homelessness, Samaritan House has been a Denver staple since 1986. Since that time, thousands of people have been served and found safe shelter, nutritious meals, and support services at Samaritan House. Today, our focus is primarily on serving women, families, and veterans who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. The community we serve has evolved; our mission remains the same.

Metro Caring Food Bank
As Colorado's leading frontline anti-hunger organization, Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger.

Metro Caring offers innovative programming in Healthy Foods Access, Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes, ID Procurement, Urban Gardening and Agriculture, and Community Organizing and Development.

In addition to those listed above, we are beginning to offer Teen Meditation, Beginners Seminars and Evenings, Mindfulness Programs including MBSR and ongoing day long zazenkai and week long sesshin.

For more information: info@zencenterofdenver.org
Affiliate -
Denver, CO, USA