Great Mountain Zen Center at Maitreya Abbey is a Buddhist Practice and Retreat Center located in Berthoud, Colorado, 30 minutes north of Boulder and less than an hour from Denver.

GMZC offers weekly meditation, monthly retreats, Zen training, and educational courses.



Spiritual Director Gerry Shishin Wick Roshi is a Dharma successor of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi and teacher in three Zen lineages, including Soto and Rinzai schools.

Roshi Ilia Shinko Perez is the Abbess of Maitreya Abbey, is a Dharma successor of Shishin Roshi and received Inka (Seal of Approval) from Roshi Egyoku Nakao.

Roshis Shishin and Shinko with Roshi Egyoku and her partner Eberhard on the occasion of her descending the mountain of her Abbacy of ZCLA (May 2019).

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Important Forms

Combined Sesshin-Application 2019

GMZC Membership Application 2019