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Gen X Teachers Gathering at Great Vow

On an unusually hot day for the Pacific Northwest, some 40 Buddhist teachers converged on Clatskanie, Oregon, to attend the 2019 GenX Buddhist Teachers’ Sangha Gathering (GBTS).

The June 12-to-16 gathering of GenX Buddhist leaders from North America and beyond was hosted by Great Vow Zen Monastery.


Remember to Remember: Identity, Privilege and Waking Up

Remember to Remember - Michelle Johnson

I am participating in a weekend workshop in Portland, called Skill in Action - a workshop tasked with dismantling oppression in our meditation communities and teachings.

Remember to remember, Michelle says. And something in her tone, cracks open a well in my heart. She is not just speaking to me. She is speaking to the collective. The truth in each one of us and the integrity we have to live this truth. This work isn’t easy, but we must do it.


Seeing Through the Eyes Of...Dismantling Separation

Blustery cool winds and rain, punctuated with an afternoon of clear blue sky, sunlight on the rise, as frost graces morning car windows, fresh grasses and pregnant daphne buds in waiting. Like it or not, our lives are a continuous movement between seeming opposites. At times we can feel pulled around by these forces - as a clear blue sky is at once overcome with a forceful rainstorm. We want predictability, stability, understanding — or we want flexibility, spontaneity, compassion.


Why I Became a Monk: Reflections & Aspirations shared at Soten & Kisei's Full Priest Ceremony

How great the robe of liberation, a formless field of benefaction.
I wear the Buddha’s teaching; freeing all beings.


Why Practice? By Myoyu Haley Voekel


Engaged Buddhism

Here at ZCO we are discovering that we are all Engaged Buddhist…we are Engaged in taking care of one another and in the well-being of others.  We are Engaged in practicing the precepts daily life and in all our affairs and our daily life.  We are Engaged in responding with compassion to the cries of the world.  We are Engaged in the work of passing on the light of the Dharma in a world where we teach that there is no separation.


Awakening in this Dream World: Notes from a Dreamwork Retreat

In the dreamy world
Dreaming, we talk about dreams.
We seldom know
Which is, and is not, dreaming
Let us, then, dream as we must. — Ryokan

“There are Four facets of Dreamwork that are very relevant to our practice,” says Zen Teacher Seido Martin to a room full of monastery residents gathered together some more willfully then others, to investigate, encounter and illuminate the ephemeral koan of dream.