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About Zen Community of Oregon

Zen Community of Oregon is a Soto Zen Buddhist community in lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995). Maezumi Roshi’s life vow was to plant the Dharma deeply in the soil of North America.

ZCO is led by teachers Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, and Hogen Bays, Roshi. The primary purpose of Zen Community of Oregon is to express and make accessible the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha’s teachings as transmitted through an authentic, historical lineage, and to support and maintain Zen Buddhist practice, in order to realize and actualize our Buddha nature in everyday life.

Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon serves as a place for residential monastic training and retreats open to the public. 

Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland, Oregon provides a place of practice geared to people balancing daily work, school, and families. 

ZCO maintains connections with our sister Sanghas, the Corvallis Zen Circle in Oregon, Tri-Cities in Washington state, and the North Shore Zendo in Vancouver, British Columbia.

There are a multitude of ways to practice Zen Buddhism with ZCO. Regular meditation, one-on-one or group interaction with a teacher, workshops and talks, peer-led Dharma discussion groups, and short and long silent mediation retreats.

Lineage and connections
Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi are members of the White Plum Asanga, the lineage holders of Maezumi Roshi. The community is also connected to the wider Zen Buddhist world. ZCO teachers are founding members of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, the American Zen Teachers Association, and the Lay Zen Teachers Association. The monastery is certified by the Soto-shu, Japan’s governing body for Soto Zen.