About A Place To Sit

A Place to Sit, located in Boulder, Colorado, is dedicated to the sitting practice of meditation, as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni 2,500 years ago.  The doors are open to all, of whatever orientation, background and belief system.   Even though we have the practice of meditation as a gift from the Buddha, at the same time it is just a tool, which may be used by anyone, and does not require Buddhist affiliation.

A Place to Sit also offers programs, which present the insights born of meditation and support the practice.   There is an “Introduction to Meditation” at 3 pm one Sunday a month, as well as classes, half-weekend and weekend programs, Wednesday evening classes, and 9-day intensives four times a year.

The historical background and tradition followed at a Place to Sit comes through the great adept, meditation master and scholar, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939 – 1987).   He held and propagated the Karma Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala lineages.  A Place to Sit adheres to Trungpa Rinpoche’s literal teaching stream, as well as that of his lineage predecessors–which means, essentially, the entire Buddhist and Shambhala canon and example.

Updated fall schedule:


We will hold regular classes, beginning on October 12th for five successive Wednesday evenings at 6:45 pm The first module, entitled, “The Path of Individual Liberation,” will be based on the Hinayana teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, emphasizing the experience of developing a personal meditation practice.   Topics will include “Basic Sanity,” “Becoming a Dharmic Person,” “Mindfulness Practice,” and “Cutting through Spiritual Materialism.”   It is welcome and possible to attend one or more classes.  The presenter is Bill Karelis.

Sadhana of Mahamudra recitation practice in October will be held on the 1st, the 16th and the 30th, both at 4 pm in  the context of the 2 – 5 pm Sunday afternoon sitting.

Our next 9-day intensive will be held from Saturday, Nov 12th, through Sunday, Nov 20th, inclusive from 10 am – 1 pm and 3 – 6 pm each day.   We will hold sitting and walking meditation in alternation in periods of about 20 minutes and 10 minutes, respectively.   During the sittings, there will be contemplations from “The Hundred Verses of Advice” of Padampa Sangye, with commentary by HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.   Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will speak at 10 am on Thursday, Nov 17th, on “The Karma Kagyu Practice and Study Tradition.”



Regular Schedule:

–Regular sittings Mon – Fri from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
–Sunday sittings, 2 – 5 pm, with a brief presentation at 3 pm.

Sadhana of Mahamudra will be practiced for about 45 minutes on the following days:

–Sunday, Oct 16th and Sunday, Oct 30th, at 4 pm.