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Teachers and Dharma Holders

Teachers and Co-Abbots

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. 

Chozen Bays, Roshi

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, Roshi

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

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.

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 received Sangha Transmission from Chozen Roshi in 2013. She works as a mental health counselor and is the mother of two grown daughters.

Larry Fuho Trussell, Lay Teacher

Larry Fuho Trussell has practiced with the Zen Community of Oregon since 2001, has taught at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple as a Dharma Holder since 2010, and received Sangha Transmission in February, 2015. 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. Fuho received Sangha Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Roshi in 2015.  He works as a research scientist and is married with one grown son.

Kim Hoben Hansen, Lay Teacher

Kim Hoben Hansen is a lay teacher. He leads the North Shore Zendo in Vancouver, Canada.  He began formal zen practice in 1995 and has trained with Chozen, Roshi and Hogen, Roshi since 1996. He was named a Dharma Holder in 2011 and received Sangha Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Roshi in 2015. Hoben practices law as a tax litigator. He is married and has three grown daughters.

Jogen Salzberg, Zen Priest, Precepts Teacher

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, 2012 and received Denkai, Precepts Transmission, in 2015. 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 is a part-time painter and percussionist.

Kodo Conover, Lay Teacher

Kodo began Zen practice with ZCO in 2000, is a graduate of the ZCO Sanghakai program, was made a Dharma Holder in June, 2013, and received Sangha Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Roshi in 2015. 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, Dharma Holder

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. In 2013 Bansho completed Sanghakai training, a 3-year program for lay Zen students designed to cultivate different aspects of Sangha service, and was made a Dharma Holder. Along with his wife Laura Jomon Martin, he teaches the Just Enough: Mindfulness and Money workshop at Heart of Wisdom and Transforming the Inner Critic at Great Vow. Bansho began co-leading Beginners Mind retreats at Great Vow after teaching ZCO's Introduction to Zen Practice, Zazenkai, and serving as meditation instructor for beginners. From 2006-2012, he served as ZCO President and is the current Treasurer. He works nationally with labor unions on creative organizational change strategies to respond to a rapidly evolving economy.

Laura Jomon Martin, Dharma Holder

Laura Jomon Martin has been practicing with the Zen Community of Oregon since 2004. She has been involved in membership and organizational development of the Sangha. She has been a meditation instructor, and the chair of the Harmony Committee, the Sangha's conflict resolution body, for several years. She completed the 3-year Sanghakai training in 2013, and in 2016 was made a Dharma Holder. She currently assists on Sunday mornings at Heart of Wisdom, and teaches workshops with her husband Patrick Bansho Green on Mindfulness & Money and Transforming the Inner Critic. She also teaches Beyond Mindfulness, a class on various Dharma topics on Sunday evenings. Her career has been in social work since 1993, primarily in community mental health, and she is currently an LCSW in private practice, and a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, certified through University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Ed Gensho Welsh

Gensho began practicing with Zen Community of Oregon in 2002 and in 2013 completed the Sanghakai training, a 3-year program for lay Zen students designed to cultivate different aspects of sangha service. He was made a Dharma Holder in 2016. He served on the ZCO board as an officer and then as a director from 2003 to 2013. He has been a regular class and workshop leader. He facilitated study groups devoted to Buddhism and recovery from 2010 to 2012, and helped to launch the first Refuge Recovery meeting in Portland (which meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple). He has been actively applying Buddhist principles to his own recovery since 2002.