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Great vow Zendo

Great Vow Zen Monastery Zendo

The following is an approximate schedule for January:
Tuesday – Saturday
6:00AM to 6:50AM – 
Meditation (No morning meditation on Tuesday)
6:50AM to 7:30AM – Chanting service
8:00PM to 9:20PM – Meditation (non-retreat Wednesdays a priest leads a class on foundational Buddhist teachings 7:45 pm)
Sunday Morning  Program 10AM-12:15PM (Online – You can participate online via YouTube or Zoom – links below).

YouTube link for all events
Zoom link for all events

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heart of Wisdom weekly offerings (All Online-only)

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.
Online only.
RSVP to attend in person (limited to 22 people). (please join online)
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 is teaching from The Sutra of Complete (or Perfect) Enlightenment.
Online only.
Zoom link for Sunday Evening (must be logged in to Zoom)

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.
Online only.
Zoom link for Tuesday Evening

Wednesday Evening: 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 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 (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

Other meetings

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

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…

Class full: 16 Bodhisattva Precepts Classes

With Kodo Conover

January 5 - February 9, 2022
Online
The beginning and end of our practice is ethical living; acting, speaking and thinking in ways that support the greatest wellbeing and awakening for all beings. Everyone is welcome to attend these classes, whether you have already formally taken the precepts, are considering taking the precepts, or you are simply curious about the ethical guidelines that rest at the foundation of Zen practice.

ZCO Board meeting Jan 2022

January 30, 2022
Online
Board meetings are open and members of the community are invited to attend. Board meetings  are a place to find out what’s happening and how ZCO functions. Typical topics include finances, reports on goings on at the monastery and temple, committee reports, and the community's strategic plans. Meetings are held via Zoom.

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.…

Beginner’s Mind Weekend Retreat

With Amy Kisei, Sensei and Myoyu Voekel

March 4 - 6, 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.

March Sesshin – Deep Listening

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Laura Jomon Martin

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 abuzz with new insects, birds and tree frogs are waking up from their winter slumber,  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 in our forest to planting veggies in…

The Essential work of Liberation

With Hogen Bays, Roshi

April 8 - 10, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
Please stay tuned as more specific details about this retreat unfold in the coming weeks! 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 leader will give thorough instruction on the foundations and…

April Sesshin – Cultivating the Empty Field

With Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

April 11 - 17, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
      Our meditation practice can be one of relaxed openness and vivid presence, with wisdom into our nature naturally revealing. This is the practice of serene-illumination, a form meditation where calm-abiding (shamatha) and insight (vipassana) are practiced as one. In this retreat we practice serene illumination meditation and celebrate the teachings of Master Hongzhi who articulated serene illumination profoundly in Cultivating The Empty Field. Each day will include a talk on one of Master Hongzhi’s mediation instructions from Cultivating The Empty Field. This retreat will be offered at Great Vow Zen Monastery and online. Sesshin is a rigorous and,…

Spring Zazenkai

April 30, 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.

Transforming the Inner Critic: Weekend Workshop

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi

May 6 - 8, 2022
Online
During this retreat, we will take up tools through both Buddhist inquiry practices and Voice Dialogue practice to clarify and transform our relationship to the Inner Critic.

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 and booster is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here. $50 deposit holds…

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
"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…

July Sesshin – Summer Breeze

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;…

Summer Zazenkai

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;…

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;…

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
  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
(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;…