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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 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 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, Oregon.

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), and Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Shambala 2011).

Chozen, Roshi is also pediatrician, mother, and wife.


Recent Dharma Talks By Jan Chozen Bays Roshi:

Mindful Eating

The Sacred Present Mindful Eating Retreat Weekend 2015

Mindful Eating and Intimacy Mindful Eating Retreat Weekend 2014

Practicing in the Intensity of the World

How to be at Peace with World Suffering?  Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple 2016

How Worry Distorts the Picture!  Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple 2016

Muddy Lotus Wide Open  Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat 2016

How to Widen our View Beyond the Self Great Vow Zen Monastery 2015

Death, the Media and Meditation Great Vow Zen Monastery 2015

Working with Desire Great Vow Zen Monastery 2015

The Great Earth Teaches the Dharma

Spacious Dance of the Five Elements Grasses and Trees Sesshin 2015

The Wild World is Your Body Grasses and Trees Sesshin 2014

Song of the Grass-Roofed Hermitage Silver Dragon Sesshin 2014

Koan Practice

Hokoji's Beautiful Snowflakes Blue Cliff Record Case 41 Koan Sesshin 2015

Dogo's Dead or Alive Koan Sesshin 2014

Enter the Bright, Clear Open Koan Sesshin 2014