Boulder, Colorado

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Boulder is the county seat and most populous city of Boulder County and the 11th most populous city in the U.S. state of Colorado. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m). The city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver.

The United States Census Bureau estimates that in 2010 the population of the city of Boulder was 97,385 while the population of the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area was 294,567.

Boulder is famous for its status as one of the most liberal cities in Colorado, its colorful Western history, being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s, and as home of the main campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder the state's largest university.

Boulder has gathered many top rankings in recent years for health, well-being, quality of life, education and art. The partial list below shows some of the nominations.

  • Top Brainiest Cities #1 Portfolio.com
  • Ten Best Cities for the Next Decade 4th Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine
  • Top 25 Destinations in the US #19 TripAdvisor.com
  • Top 100 Places to Live #9 RelocateAmerica.com
  • Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index #1 USA Today
  • Healthiest Town in the US #2 Men's Health
  • Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid #1 Backpacker Magazine
  • Top 25 Arts Destinations for a small city #8 AmericanStyle magazine
  • America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well #1 Forbes.com
  • Top Ten Best Midsize Metropolitan Areas #2 Bizjounrals.com
  • Most Bicycle Friendly Cities in the World #4 Virgin Vacations website
  • Most Educated City in America #1 Forbes magazine
  • Top 10 Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire #6 AARP magazine
  • Best Green Places to Live in America #5 Country Home magazine
  • Top 10 Farmer's Market #6 Eating Well magazine
  • Top Triathlon Town #1 Inside Triathlon magazine
  • Top 10 Cities for Artists #8 Business Week
  • Lesser-Known LGBT Family Friendly Cities #1 Wearegoodkin.com
  • America's Foodiest Town #1 Bon Appetit magazine

Buddhist Centers in Boulder, Colorado

There are numerous Buddhist temples and Dhamma centers in Boulder, especially from the Vajrayana school of Buddhism. The U.S. headquarters of the lineage of Shambhala Mountain is located in Boulder. Much of the reason for the success of Dharma in Boulder can be attributed to the famous Vajrayana teacher Chogyam Trungpa choosing this place for his temple and nearby mountain retreat at Shambhala Mountain and the beautiful scenery that is in and around the city of Boulder in the Colorado Rockies. At least 5% of the population is Buddhist.

Insight Colorado

  • Terry Ray
  • Phone: (303) 444 4228

Boulder Shambhala Center (Dorje Dzong)

Handful of Leaves Buddhist Meditation

Dharma Ocean Boulder

Colorado Community of Mindful Living

Marpa House

  • 891 12th St, Boulder, CO
  • Email: marpahouse@gmail.com

Boulder Zen Center

  • Address: Boulder CO
  • Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
  • Phone: (303) 442-8095
  • Email: boulder_zen@yahoo.com
  • Website: http://www.boulderzen.org

Boulder Bodhisattva District SGI USA

  • Tradition: Mahayana, Nichiren
  • Affiliation: Soka Gakkai International
  • Email: boulderbodhisattvas@gmail.com
  • Website: http://www.boulderbodhisattvas.weebly.com
  • Main Contact: Janey Harper
  • Spiritual Director: Daisaku Ikeda

Boulder Kadampa Meditation Group

  • Address: 1904 Pearl Street Boulder CO 80302
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, New Kadampa
  • Phone: (970) 482 7613
  • Email: hbc@meditationincolorado.org
  • Website: http://www.meditationincolorado.org

Chagdud Gompa Orgyan Rigjed Ling Boulder CO

  • Address: 256 Spruce Street Boulder CO 80302
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Nyingmapa
  • Phone: (303) 443 6460
  • Email: nbradley@uswest.net
  • Website: http://www.chagdud.org/

Kunga Tenphel Ling

  • Address: 745 Arapahoe Ave Apt 303 Boulder CO 80302
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan Sakya Tsarpa Rime
  • Affiliation: Authorized by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche
  • Phone: (303) 247 1457
  • Email: info@KungaTenphelLing.org
  • Website: http://www.KungaTenphelLing.org

Kwan Um Zen Community of Colorado

  • Address: 3255 34th Street #43 Boulder CO 80301
  • Tradition: Mahayana, Kwan Um School of Zen (Korean)
  • Phone: (303) 440 7419
  • Email: onlydontknow@netzero.net

Mipham Shedra

  • Address: 2297 Grove Circle East Boulder CO 80302
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, Non-Sectarian, Educational Institute
  • Phone: (303) 449 0319
  • Email: info@miphamshedra.org
  • Website: http://www.miphamshedra.org

Nalandabodhi Boulder The Sangha House

  • Address: 1200 Aurora Boulder CO 80302
  • Tradition: Mahayana, Tibetan, Nyingmapa/Kagyu
  • Email: info@nbboulder.org
  • Website: http://www.nbboulder.org

Naljor Creations Naljor Prison Dharma Service

  • Address: P.O. Box 7417 Boulder CO 80306
  • Tradition: Mahayana
  • Phone: (877) 277 6075
  • Email: naljorcreations@naljor.us

Ratnashri Sangha

Vajrakilaya Centres Boulder

  • Address: 4240 E. Aurora Avenue Boulder CO 80303
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Nyingmapa
  • Affiliation: Dorje Trawang Ling

Rangjung Yeshe Boulder

Rigpa Boulder CO

  • Address: CO
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Nyingma (Rigpa)
  • Phone: (866) 200 5876
  • Email: rigpaboulder@yahoo.com
  • Website: http://www.rigpaus.org/

19 Dhamma / Dharma centers in Boulder, Colorado.

City of Dhamma

Boulder is home to 19 Dhamma / Dharma Centers, for a population of 97,385 works out to one Dhamma center for every 5,100 people, a very high ratio of Dhamma centers, compared to the average, in a non-Buddhist country. This ratio may be the highest, most Buddhist of any city in America.

There are also numerous Yoga studios, shops that sell Buddha statues and Thangkas and vegetarian or vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants located throughout the city of Boulder, Colorado.