Ascending the Mountain Ceremony

With Zentatsu Baker Roshi.


PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE IN GERMANY contact for booking: During this weekend of ceremonies, from Thursday, September 5th to Sunday, September 8th, Zentatsu Baker Roshi will officially hand over the spiritual leadership of the Dharma Sangha to his successor Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi. Two ceremonies will be held for this purpose: First, the "Stepping Down" ceremony of Zentatsu Myoyu Richard Baker Roshi on the afternoon of Sept. 6th (Friday). On this occasion we will honor his life's work, because he not only founded the Dharma Sangha in Europe and the USA, but also made a great contribution through which the Dharma teachings are increasingly finding their way into our Western culture. The "Ascending the Mountain" ceremony for Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi will take place on the afternoon of September 7th (Saturday). This is a once in a generation event and we are especially happy to have found a successor in Nicole, Tatsudo, who has dedicated her life to the Dharma Sangha for 25 years. This event will also give us a special opportunity for contact and exchange: Our Sangha brothers and sisters from Crestone Mountain Zen Center will be coming and the Suzuki family from Japan has already confirmed their attendance. The San Francisco Zen Center will be represented by Tenzen David Zimmermann (central abbot of the SFZC), Dōshin Mako Voelkel (abbess of the San Francisco City Center), Zoketsu Norman Fischer (poet and Zen teacher) and the Zen teachers Shosan Vicki Austin, Furyu Nancy Schröder and Jisan Tova Green. The teacher Ulrike Greenway will also be there. She co-founded the Dharma Sangha, founded the Mannheim study group and is currently a guest teacher at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Some friends and acquaintances from the academic world will be there, as well as representatives from our community in Herrischried. Of course, all Dharma Sangha teachers will also be there. We have also already received confirmations from the German Buddhist community, the Benediktushof, the Berlin group and the German Buddhist Union. It will therefore be a very special occasion, bringing together many representatives of Western Buddhism from three continents. We would be delighted if you would like to join us for this great celebration! There is still room for another 100 participants. If you would like to come to this ceremony weekend, please register as soon as possible! For the detailed weekend program please click here. Event duration - Arrival: September 05th, 2024 from 3 pm to - Departure: September 08th, 2024 after brunch, approx. 11 am Meals and nutrition - All meals are included in the price. - There will be buffet meals (no oryoki). - Diet: vegan-vegetarian and largely organic-regional. Accommodation We will need many helpers to organize this event. We hope for your understanding that we have to reserve the rather limited overnight accommodation in the ZBZS for helpers, residents and a few guests of honor. We therefore ask all participants to stay in nearby guesthouses. You can find a list of apartments, guesthouses and hotels here. Shuttle If you arrive without a car, we offer a shuttle to your accommodation in the morning and evening. (Max 20 km). There will be two options in the morning: Option 1: Participation in the meditation at 7 a.m. Option 2: For breakfast at 8.30 a.m. The shuttle will depart from Johanneshof at 9 p.m. in the evening. Price Participation for the whole weekend: $ 350.00 per person. The price includes meals on all four days including drinks and participation in all program points and ceremonies. If you have to cancel before or up to August 25, 2024, we would only retain the processing fee of $ 50.00 and refund you $ 300.00 If you cancel after August 25, 2024, we can refund you the $ 300.00 if we can reallocate the place at short notice.    

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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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