90 Day Practice Period (Ango) 2025

With Zentatsu Baker Roshi and Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi.


At Crestone Mountain Zen Center, we continue the monastic tradition of the 90-day Practice Period. During the Practice Period residents and students are engaged in a rigorous daily schedule of Zazen, oryoki meals, dharma talks, study, and ceremony. All Practice Period participants live together for three months without leaving the premises of the monastery. The 30th Crestone Mountain Zen Center Practice Period will be held from January 18th-April 14th, 2025. For practitioners who have an established relationship with Crestone Mountain Zen Center, we offer short-term participation from 5 to 20 days. Short-term participants may either: Stay for one monk week between Feb 4 and Mar 29 (5 days) Stay for two monk weeks between Feb 4 and Mar 29 (10 days) Combine one monk week with Sesshin: Mar 24 – Apr 8 (15 days) Combine two monk weeks with Sesshin: Mar 19 – Apr 8 (20 days) For an example of a Practice Period Schedule, click here: The cost for the entire Practice Period is $5,000.00. The cost for short term participation is $75/day. In addition, it is customary to make a teaching donation. If you are interested, please contact us by writing to:

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Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi

Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi is a Dharma Successor of Zentatsu Baker Roshi in the Dharma Sangha Soto Zen Lineage. She has been practicing Zen since 2001 and received Dharma Transmission in 2017. She graduated as a psychologist from the University of Oldenburg in 2008. She also trained at the ‘School for Body Mind Centering’ for four years. Since 2009 she has been living and practicing either at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center or at the Zen Buddhist Center Schwarzwald (ZBZS) in Germany.

Zentatsu Baker Roshi

Zentatsu Richard Baker is the Founder and Head Teacher of the Dharma Sangha centers in the United States and Europe. In the United States he lives at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center in Colorado; and in Germany, at the ‘Dharma Zentrum Quellenweg’ in the Black Forest. He is the Dharma Successor of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the first Zen Master to establish residential and monastic practice for laypeople and monks in the West. In 1966, with and for Suzuki Roshi, Baker Roshi co-founded the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California, the first traditional Zen monastery outside of Asia. From 1968 to 1971, he studied in Japan at Antaiji, Eiheiji, and Daitokuji Zen monasteries. He became Suzuki Roshi’s Dharma Heir in 1969 and was installed by Suzuki Roshi as the second Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center in 1971. Baker Roshi subsequently founded the Green Gulch Zen Practice Community and Farm in Marin County, California in 1972. During the ’70s, he pioneered a number of businesses related to Zen practice. In 1983, he founded the Dharma Sangha.

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