2019 BZG Zen Weekend Retreats with Guest Teachers  

Kathie Fischer November 1-3

Friday evening (7pm-9pm), Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 8:30am-1:30pm. 

Registration is now open, please email to register. Payment can be made Friday, Nov 1. Base rate: $75, Supporting Rate: $125, Benefactor Rate: $175. Scholarships are available.

Cutting through Our Illusions

The Diamond Sutra, (Vajracchedika – diamond cutter) Prajna Paramita Sutra, is one of the oldest documents of the Perfection of Wisdom teachings. The central theme is sunyata, the doctrine of emptiness, and is said to, “cut like a blade through worldly illusion.” Originally written in Sanskrit in the first or second century CE, it was translated to Chinese in 401CE, and became foundational for all Zen Buddhist schools in China, Korea and Japan.

“So you should view this fleeting world—
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”
– The Diamond Sutra

Sokaku Kathie Fischer will lead this weekend retreat  Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3. Friday night is open to the public. During this time, we will read the sutra for its beautiful language, grapple with the teaching of emptiness, and come to understand why this teaaching has been so vital to Buddhist practitioners for nearly 2000 years. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, teachings on the text and dialogue. Texts will be available for purchase.

Kathie Fischer

Sokaku Kathie Fischer

 If you can offer housing for out of town guests for any retreat, please let Karen know. Also please check out all the wonderful retreats, classes and events sponsored by the Bozeman Dharma Center and Bozeman Insight Group here: Bozeman Dharma Center

Bozeman Zen Group 1/2 day Retreats for 2019

Our 1/2 day Zen retreats are from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm led by Karen DeCotis at the Bozeman Dharma Center. This is a wonderful way to deepen your practice, get some experience with retreat practice and still have your weekend!

Please sign up for half-day retreats by emailing the Bozeman Zen Group at or signing up on the sign up sheet at the Bozeman Dharma Center. We will confirm your registration via email. 

We ask for a $15 donation for the 1/2 day to support the Zen group, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. There is opportunity to offer dana to the teacher as well. Tea and snacks are available through the sit.


  • Saturday,  December 7 – There is no Enlightenment Join the Bozeman Zen Group for a ½ day sitting, Saturday, December 7, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. We offer meditation, Dharma Talk, thoughtful dialogue, tea and snacks. The theme of No Enlightenment will be addressed within the context of joining our spiritual intention to our activity in the world. All welcome. Register by emailing Suggested donation: $15

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