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Great vow Zendo

Great Vow Zen Monastery Zendo
Ango Practice Period
Tuesday – Saturday
4:30AM to 6:20AM – 
Meditation (No morning meditation on Tuesday)
6:30AM to 7:00AM – Chanting service
7:00PM to 9:00PM – Meditation
Sunday Morning Public Program 10AM-12:15PM (Please bring proof of full vaccination + your mask. You can participate online via YouTube or Zoom – links below).
Meditation instruction is available at the Sunday Morning Program
YouTube link for all events
Zoom link for all events

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weekly offerings – All Online (In person starts 10/24)

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.
In person (bring your proof of vaccination and mask) or Zoom.

RSVP to reserve your spot to attend in person (limited to 22 people).
Zoom link for Sunday Morning

Sunday 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 Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva.
In person (bring your proof of vaccination and mask) or Zoom.
Zoom link for Sunday Evening

1st Monday each Month: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
3rd Monday each Month: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
2nd  and 4th Saturdays each Month: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
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.  We explore a belief common to many (all?!) of us each time we meet. Online only.
Zoom link for The Work

Tuesday Evening: 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Led by Zen Teacher Nancy Kodo Conover
Meditation and group discussion, currently focused on the Lojong slogans.
In Person (bring proof of vaccination and your mask) and via Zoom.
Zoom link for Tuesday Evening

Wednesday Evening: 7:00PM to 8:30PM.
Led by Jogen Sensei
Guided Meditation that includes calm-abiding, emptiness practice and loving-kindness followed by dharma talks drawing from Zen, Dzogchen, Jungian and Archetypal psychology and more.
Online only.
Zoom link for Wednesday Evening

Thursday Evening: 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.
Online only.
Zoom link for Thursday Evening

Friday Morning: 11:00AM to 12:30PM (please note time change)
Led by Doug Onkatsu Kagel
Join us in person for meditation, conversation and brown bag lunch. Open zendo – drop in.
In person only.

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.
Online only.
Zoom link for Friday Evening

Recovery Dharma; Monday Evening: 7:00PM
Meetings are peer-led with shared leadership.
Using Buddhist practices and principles to heal the suffering of addiction. Now meeting at Woodlawn Park on NE Dekum and 13th.

Workshops and sesshin

Workshops and sesshin are currently offered in-person and online format unless otherwise noted.

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…

Rohatsu Sesshin: A 7 Day Meditation Retreat

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

December 5 - 12, 2021
Great Vow Zen Monastery / Zoom
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 wholehearted endeavor.

Awakening to Whiteness: Using the Dharma to Dismantle Oppression – Online Classes

January 23 - June 30, 2022
Online
Awakening to Whiteness is structured as an “affinity group” for white people to explore the elements that have contributed to this often unconscious identity.  We explore in this way with an understanding that our own liberation/awakening is intimately bound to one another.  Affinity groups are one way to lay groundwork to enlarge our understanding and prepare us to build authentic relationships and alliances.

Attention is Love: Monastery Creative Practice Period

February 1 - March 27, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
In the stillness and quiet of the monastic container, when we allow the dust to settle and the thinking mind to open and relax, spontaneous wonderment and delight naturally appear. Attention is love. How do we attend to our life? During this practice period we will lean into creativity as an expression of love and attunement to the day to day activities of Monastery life. The schedule will be much the same as the rest of the year and will include Zazen, work practice, classes and retreats, formal meals  and time to explore creative process, individually and as a group.…

Pari-Nirvana Sesshin: A Meditation Retreat exploring Life, Death & the Unknown

With Larry Fuho Trussell and Amy Kisei, Sensei

February 14 - 20, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
Zen meditation is an invitation to un-know. During this sesshin we take up the Buddha's Parinirvana--the Buddha's death, as the essential inquiry into our own relationship with death, dying and the uncertainties of this life. How often in your daily life do you allow yourself to reflect on your own mortality, your own death? This sesshin provides the structure and support needed to look into the fears and anxieties surrounding death, dying and the unknown. Supported by the stillness and quiet of winter, we allow the body, heart and mind to deeply settle and rest - as we feel into…

March Sesshin – Deep Listening

With Hogen Bays, Roshi

March 11 - 20, 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;…

Springing To Life: Monastery Practice Period

April 5 - May 29, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
  Spring at Great Vow Zen Monastery is beautiful. The fruit tree blossoms open towards the heavens, the forest is a buzz with new insects, birds and tree frogs all waking up from their winter slumber - as the sword ferns unfurl and daffodils, poppies, irises and tulips paint the world. With the natural world springing to life with such exubrance and force, residency at the monastery inclines towards the out of doors. We dedicate more of our daily practice to the care and maintenance of our garden and grounds. This includes maintaining our trails and caring for native trees…

April Sesshin – Theme TBD

With Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

April 11 - 17, 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;…

May Sesshin – Heart of The Ancestors

With Larry Fuho Trussell and Laura Jomon Martin

May 16 - 22, 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;…

June Sesshin – Loving Kindness

With Amy Kisei, Sensei and Patrick Bansho Green

June 13 - 19, 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;…

Summer Residency Program

With Hogen Bays, Roshi

July 7 - August 21, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
To study the Buddha Way, is to study the self. To study the self, is to forget the self. To forget the self, is to be enlightened by the ten thousand dharmas. To be enlightened by the ten thousand dharmas is to free ones body and mind, and the body and mind of others. - Dogen Zenji The Summer Program is an opportunity to plunge into Zen practice with the support of community and teachers, and taste the benefits of calming the mind and opening the heart. Our Summer Program is a special part of our on-going residential program at…

July Sesshin – Cultivating The Empty Field

With Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

July 18 - 24, 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;…

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;…

September Sesshin

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Laura Jomon Martin

September 12 - 18, 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;…

October Sesshin – The Ancient Gate

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Patrick Bansho Green

October 13 - 23, 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;…

November Sesshin – Gratefulness

With Kodo Conover and Patrick Bansho Green

November 14 - 20, 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;…

December Sesshin – Rohatsu

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi

December 4 - 11, 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;…