Calendar

Great Vow Zen Monastery Zendo

Spring Practice Period monastery online schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday
5:00AM to 6:50AM – Meditation (No morning meditation on Tuesday)
6:50AM to 7:30AM – Chanting service
7:30PM to 9:20PM – Meditation (on some non-retreat Wednesdays a priest leads a class on foundational Buddhist teachings 7:45 pm.)

Sunday Morning Program
10AM-12:15PM – in person and online. To attend in-person, please take a covid tests the morning before arriving. check out our evolving covid policy on the front page of this website. 

YouTube link for all events
Zoom link for all events

Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

Sunday Mornings: 9:30AM to 11:00AM
Led by Zen Teacher Larry Fuho Trussell
Meditation, Dharma talk, and chanting service. During sitting Fuho offers sanzen, private practice meetings for ZCO members.
In Person and Online.
In Person, please RSVP (limited to 22)
Zoom link for Sunday Morning

Sunday Evenings: 7PM to 8:30PM
Led by Hogen Bays, Roshi
Meditation and teachings on Buddhist sutras and spiritual practice.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Sunday Evening (must be logged in to Zoom)

Tuesday Evenings: 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Led by Zen Teacher Nancy Kodo Conover
Meditation, a short talk and group discussion about how Buddhist teachings apply to our life today.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Tuesday Evening

Wednesday Evenings: 6PM to 7:30PM
Led by Jogen Sensei
Silent and guided meditation including calm-abiding, emptiness practice and/or loving-kindness followed by dharma talks drawing from Zen, Dzogchen, Jungian and Archetypal psychology and more. Talk begins at 7pm. Drop in whenever!
Online only.
Zoom link for Wednesday Evening

Thursday Evenings: 7:00PM to 8:30P
Led by Kisei Sensei
Guided Meditation that includes embodiment, compassion, absorption and awareness practices. Currently exploring Awakening through the Zen koan technology.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Thursday Evening (must be logged in to Zoom)

Friday Mornings: 11:00AM to 12:30PM
Led by Doug Onkatsu Kagel
Join us in person for meditation, conversation and brown bag lunch. Open zendo – drop in.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Friday Morning

Friday Evenings: 7:00PM to 8:00PM
Led by Zen Teacher Patrick Bansho Green
Guided meditations on metta (loving-kindness) as well as compassion, gratitude, and other qualities of the heart.
Online only.
Zoom link for Friday Evening

Other Ongoing Events

Morning Meditation with Trillium House Residents
Monday – Friday, 6:10am – 7am PT
Online. Zoom link.

LGBTQIA+ Dharma Group
Meets monthly on the 1st Saturday, 7pm-830pm PT.
In Person and Online.
For more information and the Zoom link: Send an email.

Engaged Buddhism Book Study
Wednesdays, May 11 to June 29, 7 – 8:30pm at Heart of Wisdom
Discussion and study of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices

EcoSattvas –  Zen practice and action on climate
Meets monthly on the 2nd Monday, 7pm-830pm PT.
Online. Zoom link for meeting.  For more information email.

The Work of Byron Katie – facilitated by Linda Cho-on Frischmeyer
1st & 3rd Monday each Month: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
2nd  and 4th Saturdays each Month: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Whether you are new to The Work of Byron Katie and want to ‘try it on,’ or are familiar, even experienced, and want to do The Work in a small group setting, this opportunity is for you. We explore a belief common to many (all?!) of us each time we meet.
Online only. Zoom link for The Work.

Meditation Retreats, Sesshin, Workshops

Workshops and sesshin are currently offered in-person and online format unless otherwise noted.
Please do not attend in person if you feel sick or you live with someone who feels ill.

June 2022

6/6 - 6/12June Sesshin – Loving Kindness

July 2022

7/18 - 7/24July Sesshin – Summer Breeze

August 2022

8/15 - 8/21Grasses, Trees, and the Great Earth Sesshin

September 2022

9/6 - 9/11Jizo Sesshin

October 2022

10/13 - 10/23October Sesshin – The Ancient Gate

November 2022

11/7 - 11/13November Sesshin – Gratefulness

December 2022

12/4 - 12/11December Sesshin – Rohatsu
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July 2022

7/7 - 8/21Summer Residency Program

October 2022

10/11 - 12/18Autumn Ango

Retreat Cabin Application

Open Dates
Great Vow Zen Monastery
The monastery retreat cabin rests on the edge of our 23 acres of forest. Though, just a short walk to the monastery buildings, it has a feeling of a forest hermitage. Equipped with running water, electricity, a small kitchenette with electric stovetop and small refrigerator and a compost toilet it is an ideal location for doing short solo retreat practice. You will have access to our forest trail system, beautiful meadows and gardens, as well as the privacy for solo meditation and dharma study. The intention of the retreat hut is to provide practice support for those looking to deepen…

Jizo Ceremony for Children Who Have Died

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi

May 28, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
The loss of a child often opens a well of profound grief. No matter how the child dies, suddenly or slowly, whether through illness, accident, miscarriage, abortion, or suicide, our sorrow is deep and may be long-lasting. To help families and friends in their process of grief, we honor their lost loved one by participating in a ceremony in the Jizo Bodhisattva remembrance garden. Jizo Bodhisattva is regarded as a caretaker of women, travelers, and children who have died. We will spend time making a personal memorial for our loved one, by writing a message, making a simple toy or…

Summer Residency Program

With Hogen and Chozen Roshi

July 7 - August 21, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
"But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.”  Dogen Zenji The Summer Program is an opportunity to explore Zen practice with the support of community and teachers.  Our Summer Program is a special part of our on-going residential program at the monastery. It is designed to give you a genuine immersion in Zen practice, through the practices of meditation, mindful eating, ritual/liturgy, movement practices (yoga/qi gong) and temple work. Guidance from the teachers, classes and retreats/workshops are also an essential part of the residential…

Beginner’s Mind Weekend Retreat

With Amy Kisei, Sensei

July 8 - 10, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
The teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism empower us to live our lives wholeheartedly with openness, insight and compassion. During this weekend retreat we follow a silent retreat schedule, which allows us to temporarily put aside outside concerns and go deeply into inner work. The silent retreat schedule includes about seven hours of sitting meditation (with breaks), Buddhist chanting services, formal oriyoki meals, and a period of community work practice. On the first evening the retreat leaders will give thorough instruction on the foundations and methods of Zen meditation. Opportunities to meet with a teacher or senior practitioner to discuss…

July Sesshin – Summer Breeze

With Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

July 18 - 24, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
Summer is bright and alive. The sun hangs high in the sky, illuminating the earth with unflinching clarity. Our lives move with the seasons. The energy in our bodies waxes and wanes. What wisdom does a hot summer day offer? When everything is laid bare before the luminous rays of the sun - how do we take stock of this human life? The burst of spring growth has slowed to a crawl, the fruit is still ripening on the trees. What parts of our lives would we like to ripen, to mature into tender healthy fruit? Come and sit in…

Earth Medicine Retreat

With Amy Kisei, Sensei and Kosho Ault

August 5 - 7, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
In addition to meditation, this retreat will include body practice, mindfulness practices, journaling, song, and a grief ritual. We will come together to harness our collective wisdom while facing the changing climate, perhaps discovering together the medicine of this time and place.

Summer Zazenkai

With Larry Fuho Trussell and Laura Jomon Martin

August 13, 2022
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
A Zazenkai is a day of Zen practice in the city. Join us for a silent day of meditation (seated and walking), chanting, mindful eating, temple care-taking, and a dharma talk. We close the day with a ceremony to renewing our intention to live an ethical life.

Grasses, Trees, and the Great Earth Sesshin

With Amy Kisei, Sensei and Kodo Conover

August 15 - 21, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
(More details about the sesshin will be added soon). Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, we require that you attend one of our silent weekend retreats or a five-seven day silent retreat at another Zen Center before registering for our longer zen retreats. For more information about what to expect when attending a sesshin, click here. Proof of vaccination is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here. $50 deposit holds your space;…

Jizo Sesshin

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Laura Jomon Martin

September 6 - 11, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
This retreat will focus on the qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva, guardian of all that comes from the earth, and Jizo’s qualities – benevolence, optimism, fearlessness, determination, and vow. A unique element of this retreat is the inclusion of time devoted to art projects, creative time, and a slide show and talk about Jizo. As part of our practice, we will be making small Jizo-related items. For those who are attending the retreat via zoom, please acquire a few supplies for rock-painting and sculpting a Jizo: A rock-painting kit.  Here are a couple relatively inexpensive examples of a rock-painting kit for under…

Autumn Ango

With Hogen and Chozen Roshi

October 11 - December 18, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
This Dharma is abundantly present in each human being, but if we do not practice it, it does not manifest itself, and if we do not experience it, it cannot be realized. - Dogen Zenji In communion with our ancestors who set aside time each year for deep retreat, the Monastery offers this Autumn Ango.  Ango is a celebration of stillness and quiet contemplation, upheld with the support of community and teachers. Ango can be translated to mean peaceful dwelling. During this practice period our daily schedule takes on a tone of a light retreat which includes more zazen (about…

October Sesshin – The Ancient Gate

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Patrick Bansho Green

October 13 - 23, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
(More details about the sesshin will be added soon). Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, we require that you attend one of our silent weekend retreats or a five-seven day silent retreat at another Zen Center before registering for our longer zen retreats. For more information about what to expect when attending a sesshin, click here. Proof of vaccination is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here. $50 deposit holds your space;…

Autumn Zazenkai

October 29, 2022
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
A Zazenkai is a day of Zen practice in the city. Join us for a silent day of meditation (seated and walking), chanting, mindful eating, temple care-taking, and a dharma talk. We close the day with a ceremony to renewing our intention to live an ethical life.

November Sesshin – Gratefulness

With Kodo Conover and Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

November 7 - 13, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
  With gratitude for our beloved sangha near and far, in person and on zoom, the Monastery joyfully offers another sesshin. This sesshin has no set price. All are welcome to attend, and donations from the heart are welcome. During this week of practice, we will eat only the offerings brought to us specifically for this retreat. So food donations, while always welcome, are particularly helpful! Bring food that you like to eat, bring food that will challenge our cook and kitchen heart. She will need to dive into creativity and allow the surprises of each donation to manifest our…

December Sesshin – Rohatsu

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi

December 4 - 11, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
(More details about the sesshin will be added soon). Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, we require that you attend one of our silent weekend retreats or a five-seven day silent retreat at another Zen Center before registering for our longer zen retreats. For more information about what to expect when attending a sesshin, click here. Proof of vaccination is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here. $50 deposit holds your space;…