Calendar

weekly online offerings

Great Vow Zen Monastery
Wednesday – Saturday Morning  4:30-7:30AM (chanting at 7am)
Wednesday – Saturday Afternoon  4:30-5:30PM (chanting at 5:20pm)
Thursday Afternoon Class  3:00-4:00PM  (only on Zoom)
Tuesday-Saturday Evening  7:00-9:00PM
Sunday Early Morning  6:30AM-8:00AM
Sunday Morning Program  10:00AM-12:15PM
Sunday Morning Meditation Instruction  10:30AM
YouTube link for all events  (except Thursday Class)
Zoom link for all events
Zoom link for Sunday morning meditation instruction

Monday Evening 
4:00PM to 5:30PM
The Work of Byron Katie – facilitated by Linda Cho-on Frischmeyer
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. Each Monday afternoon we will explore a belief common to many (all?!) of us.
Zoom link for Monday evening

Tuesday Evening 
7:00PM to 9:00PM
Led by Zen Teacher Nancy Kodo Conover
Meditation and group discussion. This group is currently exploring the Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist mind training compatible with Zen.
Zoom link for Tuesday evening

Wednesday Evening 
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Led by Jogen Sensei
Meditation with some guidance, and Dharma talk.
Zoom link for Wednesday evening

Thursday Evening 
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Led by Amy Kisei Costenbader, Sensei
Meditation and Dharma talk. Currently exploring poems of awakening by earliest Buddhist women compiled in The First Free Women.
Zoom link for Thursday evening

Friday Evening 
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.
Zoom link for Friday evening

Saturday, Sunday, and  Tuesday Evening
7PM to 8:30PM
Led by Hogen Bays, Roshi
Meditation and teachings on Buddhist sutras and spiritual practice.  Currently Hogen, Roshi’s theme is talks on Dogen Zenji’s Gyoji essay – Continuous Practice.
Zoom link for Tuesday evening
Zoom link for Saturday evening
Zoom link for Sunday evening

Sunday morning
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.
Zoom link for Sunday morning

Workshops and sesshin

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all workshops and sesshin are currently offered in an online format.

October 2020

10/13 - 12/20Autumn Ango: An Online Practice Period

December 2020

12/4 - 12/5The Art of Coming Undone – Dharma Teachings On How to Fall Apart – Online Retreat
12/6 - 1/3Precepts Classes: Awakening to Our Interconnected Life
12/6 - 12/13Rohatsu Sesshin: A 7 Day Online Meditation Retreat
12/19Fusatsu: Ceremony of Repentance and Renewal

January 2021

1/1 - 1/31Awakening to Vow – A Whole Sangha January Event
1/15 - 1/17It Includes The Entire World – A Day Long Home Hermitage Meditation Retreat
1/18 - 1/24January Sesshin: Life Vows -A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat
1/30Winter Zazenkai – A Day of Zen Practice Online

February 2021

2/5 - 2/7Loving Kindness Weekend Meditation Retreat
2/15 - 2/21February Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

March 2021

3/6Transforming the Inner Critic: Saturday Workshop Online
3/12 - 3/21March Sesshin: A Nine Day Online Meditation Retreat

April 2021

4/2 - 4/4Seeing Through – Zen Practices of Emptiness- Online Retreat
4/19 - 4/25April Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

May 2021

5/17 - 5/23May Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

June 2021

6/14 - 6/20June Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

July 2021

7/19 - 7/25July Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

August 2021

8/16 - 8/22August Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat
8/29 - 9/52021 Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat

September 2021

9/13 - 9/19September Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

October 2021

10/14 - 10/24October Sesshin : 10-day Online Meditation Retreat

November 2021

11/15 - 11/21Gratitude Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

December 2021

12/5 - 12/12Rohatsu Sesshin: A 7 Day Online Meditation Retreat

Loving Kindness Weekend Meditation Retreat

With Kisei Costenbader, Sensei and Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

February 5 - 7, 2021
Great Vow Zen Monastery
How do our own fear and fixed beliefs keep us from experiencing ourselves and the world with an orientation of love? During this weekend retreat we will allow body and heart to release and open. We will immerse ourselves in the practices of Loving Kindness and Compassion, cultivating the undefended, expansive heart needed to respond to the chaos of our modern world. Beginners Welcome. Join us for this weekend of retreat on-line through the zoom app. We will offer guided and silent meditation sessions, body-practice sessions and recommendations about how to weave the practices of Compassion, Forgiveness and Joy into…

February Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

February 15 - 21, 2021
Online
Theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of mind in…

Transforming the Inner Critic: Saturday Workshop Online

With Laura Jomon Martin and Patrick Bansho Green

March 6, 2021
Online
Everyone has an Inner Critic. A voice of clear criticism and judgement, directed inside or at others. When out of balance the Inner Critic has the potential to destroy relationships, turn our mind towards anxiety and depression, sap our physical energy and undermine our spiritual practice, creativity and careers. Yet the Inner Critic contains the wisdom of discernment. We can become strong and clear enough to stand up to it, hear its truth, yet widen our view.

March Sesshin: A Nine Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

March 12 - 21, 2021
Online
Leaders and theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of…

Seeing Through – Zen Practices of Emptiness- Online Retreat

With Kisei Costenbader, Sensei and Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

April 2 - 4, 2021
Online
Life will puncture, chip away at, dissolve, challenge and/or forcefully evolve any stasis, fixed identity or limited perspective we have, as individuals and as societies.  Contemplative practice accelerates and amplifies this dynamic - we have to come apart before we can see and be with fresh eyes. Contemplative tradition also has centuries of wisdom on how we can embody this coming apart with grace.

April Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Hogen Bays, Roshi

April 19 - 25, 2021
Online
Leaders and theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of…

May Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Larry Fuho Trussell and Laura Jomon Martin

May 17 - 23, 2021
Online
Leaders and theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of…

June Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Patrick Bansho Green

June 14 - 20, 2021
Online
Leaders and theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of…

July Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

July 19 - 25, 2021
Online
Leaders and theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of…

August Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Kisei Costenbader, Sensei and Kodo Conover

August 16 - 22, 2021
Online
Leaders and theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of…

2021 Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat

With Sara Shinei Monial and Danney Soten Lynch

August 29 - September 5, 2021
Offsite
This retreat will be held in the Mountains, Pacific Northwest Wilderness, USA. Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you understand, experience, and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment reality, supported and challenged by the natural landscape, weather, and sesshin schedule. This is an intensive meditation retreat. We will hike into the mountains, set up a base camp and follow a structured, silent daily schedule. Each day…

September Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Laura Jomon Martin

September 13 - 19, 2021
Online
Leaders and theme TBA It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day! This retreat will take place through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of…

October Sesshin : 10-day Online Meditation Retreat

With Hogen Bays, Roshi, Kisei Costenbader, Sensei and Patrick Bansho Green

October 14 - 24, 2021
Online
Human society has always been filled with the potential for chaos. Most times we can retreat into nature to restore ourselves with peace and calm. But where can we retreat when nature herself is on fire? The Ancient Way to peace is always available but is not always easy to walk. Come join us to practice and walk the Ancient Way of Sanity.

Gratitude Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Larry Fuho Trussell and Kodo Conover

November 15 - 21, 2021
Online
This sesshin is founded on the transformative power of gratitude. In meditation we can direct awareness to the continual support that each moment brings, the force of the universe that gives life breath by breath.  Becoming aware of that continual offering of life, the heart opens and we can respond with continual gratitude.

Rohatsu Sesshin: A 7 Day Online Meditation Retreat

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, Hogen Bays, Roshi and Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

December 5 - 12, 2021
Online
Rohatsu is a meditation retreat that celebrates the Buddha's Awakening through our embodiment of deep practice.  For centuries now, all over the world practitioners have gathered in the Winter to support each other in whole hearted endeavor.