As the spiritual leaders of the community, Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi are the primary spiritual guides overseeing and helping to ensure the continued authenticity of the practice. As co-abbots of Great Vow Zen Monastery, they lead sesshin, ordain and train priests, and take responsibility for running the monastery.
Since 1985 Chozen Roshi has been the teacher for Zen Community of Oregon. In 2002 she helped to found Great Vow Zen Monastery and is co-abbot. In 2011 she also helped found Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland, Oregon. She has written books on mindfulness and mindful eating, and written articles published in Buddhadharma and Shambhala Sun.
Hogen Bays began practicing in 1968 with Philip Kapleau, Roshi doing residential training at Zen Center of Rochester and eventually at Zen Center of Los Angeles with Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Since 1990 he's continued his Zen studies with Shodo Harada Roshi in Japan and on Whidbey Island. He's a psychologist and Naturopathic Doctor (ND). He is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery.
Dharma Holders are selected by the teachers for ongoing teaching responsibilities and for their spritual leadership. Dharma Holders have typically practiced with the teachers for 10-20 years, completed scores of sesshin, and completed an intensive three-year course of study.
Mushin Terris is a lay teacher in western Oregon. She has been practicing Zen for nearly forty years and has led the Corvallis Zen Circle since its establishment in 1992. Mushin began her formal study of Zen with Robert Aitken in 1975. She has also practiced with Takabayashi Genki, Roshi and the Seattle Zen Center and Joan Reick, Roshi and Three Treasures Sangha in Seattle before meeting Jan Chozen Bays in 1989. She is the senior lay student of Zen Community of Oregon and recieved Sangha Transmission from Chozen Roshi is 2013. She works as a mental health counselor and is the mother of two grown daughters.
Larry Fuho Trussell has practiced with the Zen Community of Oregon since 2001 and, as a lay Dharma Holder, has taught at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple since 2010. Fuho began zen practice in 1976 with Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles, and also studied with Genpo Merzel and Joko Beck in California before becoming a student of Chozen and Hogen Bays. He works as a research scientist and is married with one grown son.
Kim Hoben Hansen is a lay teacher. He leads the North Shore Zendo (www.northshorezen.org) in Vancouver, Canada. He began formal zen practice in 1995 and has trained with Chozen roshi and Hogen roshi since 1996. They named him as a Dharma Holder in 2011. Hoben practices law as a tax litigator. He is married and has three grown daughters.
Adam Jogen Salzberg began residential training at Great Vow Monastery in the Autumn of 2003 and ordained at Rohatsu 2006. He became a Dharma Holder in December of 2012. He has been teaching zazen and leading retreats at Reed College for several years. Jogen has a long-standing interest in the artistic expression of spiritual practice and to that end is a part-time painter and poet.
Kodo began Zen practice with ZCO in 2000, is a graduate of the ZCO Sanghakai program and was made a Dharma Holder in June of 2013. In 2010 Kodo retired from a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor to help establish Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. She is currently the temple manager and leads the Tuesday night sitting and discussion group. She is married and has lived in the Pacific Northwest her whole adult life.
Patrick Bansho Green began Zen practice at ZCO in 2004. His training includes attending sesshin for ten years, residency at Great Vow, and ten years of sanzen with Hogen. Along with his wife Laura Jomon Martin, he teachers the Just Enough: Mindfulness and Money courses at Heart of Wisdom. From 2006-2012, he served as ZCO President and is the current Treasurer. As board member, president, and currently as treasurer, he has been a pivotal member of sangha leadership. He works nationally with labor unions on creative organizational change strategies to respond to a rapidly evolving economy.
Ryushin Creedon is the Temple Priest for Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. He began formal Zen training with Chozen and Hogen Bays in 2000, living and training at Great Vow Zen Monastery from 2001-2010. Ryushin was ordained in 2005, and currently serves on the board for both ZCO and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association. He lives in Portland, and attends PSU. Ryushin works at PSU as a Peer Mentor, and at the Portland Sobering Station as an EMT. He is on sabbatical from June 1, 2014.