Honoring the Ancestors Sesshin
An explosive shout cracks the great empty sky.
Immediately clear self-understanding.
Swallow up buddhas and ancestors of the past.
Without following others, realize complete penetration.
- Dogen, 1200 - 1253
Moon in a Dewdrop, p, 218
Translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi
During this sesshin we will remember and taste the lives and teachings of those who have directly influenced the dharma at Great Vow Monastery including Maezumi Roshi, Philip Kapleau Roshi, Shodo Harada Roshi, and Chozen Roshi.
$50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your space - balance due on arrival.
Hogen Bays, Zen Teacher
Hogen Bays began practicing in 1968 with Philip Kapleau, Roshi and was part of the residential staff at the Zen Center of Rochester in Rochester, New York until 1975.
He lived and trained at the Zen Center of Los Angeles under the direction of Taizan Maezumi , Roshi from 1980-1984. In 1990 he took Tokudo, Priest’s Ordination, with Maezumi Roshi. After advice and consultation with Harada, Roshi and other Zen teachers, in 2000 he received Dharma Transmission from Chozen, Roshi.
Since 1990 Hogen has continued his Zen studies with Rinzai Zen teacher Shodo Harada Roshi, abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Japan and One Drop Zendo in Tahoma, Washington.
He has been a leader of the Zen Community of Oregon since 1985 and worked full-time for the sangha since 1997. He is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery.
Hogen holds a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Master’s Degree (MS) in Psychology. He worked for the Oregon Department of Corrections for 15 years.