Silver Dragon Sesshin
This is a sesshin open to people sixty and older.
As we age, our practice begins to differ in significant ways from the practice of younger people. The format of this sesshin will explore those differences, and how practice can continue to be vibrant and life- changing at any age. Participants will be encouraged to creatively find ways to practice deeply.
The schedule will be more relaxed with more opportunity for sleep and more time for individual practice.
- Call 503-728-0654
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail to Registrar, P.O. Box 188, Clatskanie, Oregon 97016
Abby Mushin Terris, Lay Teacher
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.
Chozen Bays, Roshi
Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi has studied and practiced Zen Buddhism since 1973. She received Jukai (lay precepts) in 1975 and Tokudo, Priest's Ordination, in 1979 from Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. From 1978 to 1983 she lived at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, studying with Maezumi Roshi and directing the Zen Center's non-profit Medical Clinic. She finished formal koan study in 1983 and she was given Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) that same year. Following the death of Maezumi Roshi in 1995 she has continued her training with Shodo Harada Roshi, a Rinzai Zen teacher and the abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Japan.
Since 1985 Chozen Roshi has been the teacher for the Zen Community of Oregon. In 2002 she helped to found Great Vow Zen Monastery and is the co-abbot. In 2011 she also helped found Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland, OR.
She has published many articles about Zen in the periodicals Tricycle and Buddhadharma. Her first book, Jizo Bodhisattva, Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice (Tuttle, 2002), has been re-issued in paperback as Jizo Bodhisattva, Guardian of Children, Women and Other Voyagers by Shambhala. She is the author of How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness (Shambhala, 2011).
Chozen Roshi is also pediatrician, mother and wife.