Practice Period

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, lectures, study, and ceremony. All Practice Period participants live together for three months without leaving the premises of the monastery.

The Practice Period 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.

Zenki Roshi will lead the 2017 Practice Period. Baker Roshi will be present throughout the Practice Period and will give some of the lectures and offer Dokusan.

Requirements and Registration
Due to the intensive nature of the Practice Period, applicants must have an ongoing meditation practice. If you don’t have an established relationship with Dharma Sangha, we will contact you to arrange an interview. To apply, please complete our online registration form.

All meals during Practice Period will be eaten oryoki style. We ask that practitioners bring their own oryoki set. (Oryoki sets can be purchased at CMZC.)

Short-term 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. Short-term participants may either:

  1. Stay for one monk week between Feb 4 and Mar 29 (5 days)
  2. Stay for two monk weeks between Feb 4 and Mar 29 (10 days)
  3. Combine one monk week with Sesshin: Mar 24 – Apr 8 (15 days)
  4. Combine two monk weeks with Sesshin: Mar 19 – Apr 8 (20 days)

To apply please contact our office.

Practice Period Fees
Sliding Scale: $4,800 to $3,600 for room and board. Please use the sliding scale according to your financial situation and membership level. It is customary to make an additional teaching donation of at least $500.

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.