At Crestone Mountain Zen Center we continue the monastic tradition of the 90-day Practice Period (Ango). During the Ango residents and students are engaged in a rigorous daily schedule of Zazen, oryoki meals, lectures, study, and ceremony. All Ango participants live together for three months without leaving the premises of the monastery.
The Ango takes place from January 9 through April 16. To adjust to the altitude and the schedule, it is recommended to arrive a few days earlier.
Due to the popularity of our online programs, we will be offering parts of our Ango online. Baker Roshi will be staying in Denver to work on his forthcoming book for much of the Ango. Some of his lectures will be informally live-streamed from Denver, and some will be formal Teishos in Crestone. He will also provide excerpts of his book to Ango participants, and participate in discussions related to the lectures and book material. All our online programs will be offered for free, although donations are always greatly appreciated.
- Livestream Zendo meditation and service
- Livestream formal Teisho and/or informal lectures
- Zoom discussions of lectures and book excerpts
Short-term In-person Participation
For practitioners who have an established relationship with Crestone Mountain Zen Center and cannot attend the full 90 days, CMZC offers short-term participation from 5 to 20 days. During the practice period, we follow a traditional five-day monastic week rather than a seven day calendar week. Starting in February, participants are welcome to join us in person anywhere from one to four monk weeks at a time, which can include Sesshin. If you are interested please contact us for more information or to register.
In-person Practice Period Fees
Sliding Scale: $4,800 to $3,600 for room and board. Please use the sliding scale according to your financial situation. It is customary to make an additional teaching donation of at least $500. A deposit of $800 is required upon making a reservation.
Practitioners participating in residential practice of six months or longer pay $600 per month. If the residency includes Practice Period no further fees apply.
Financial assistance is available through a limited number of work-trade scholarships. Please inquire with our office.
The cost for short-term participation is $55 per day plus teaching donation. Membership discounts apply.