Calendar

Great vow Zendo

Great Vow Zen Monastery Zendo
Spring Practice Period
Tuesday – Saturday
6:00AM to 7:00AM – 
Meditation (No morning meditation on Tuesday)
7:00AM to 7:30AM – Chanting service
8:00PM to 9:30PM – Meditation
Sunday Morning Program 10AM-12:15PM (Open fully vaccinated ppl)
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

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.
Hybrid format: fully vaccinated people can attend in person at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.
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.
Hybrid format: fully vaccinated people can attend in person at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.
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.
Hybrid format: fully vaccinated people can attend in person at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.
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 8:30PM
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 2:00PM
Led by Doug Onkatsu Kagel
Join us from 11-2 in person and fully vaccinated for meditation, conversation and brown bag lunch. Open zendo – drop in.
In-person only for fully vaccinated people at Heart of Wisdom.

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

Workshops and sesshin

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

2nd July Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat

With Sara Shinei Monial and Danney Soten Lynch

July 18 - 25, 2021
Offsite
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

August 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…

Jizo Bodhisattva Sesshin

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Laura Jomon Martin

September 13 - 19, 2021
Great Vow Zen Monastery
This retreat will focus on the qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva, guardian of all the comes from the earth, and Jizo's qualities - optimism, fearlessness, determination, and vow.

Compassion for Yourself and Others: Three-Month Guided Online Practice Group

With Josh Mann

September 20 - December 13, 2021
Online
The group will follow a 12-week curriculum that combines Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication framework, mindfulness and meditation practices, and teachings from Buddhism and other spiritual traditions.

Autumn Ango: Great Vow’s Intensive Practice Period

October 12 - December 19, 2021
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 accordance with ancient tradition beginning with the Buddha we set aside months of time each year to simplify and return to the essence of our lives. This is the energy of the natural world in Autumn, and in this spirit we practice Ango. Ango is a Japanese word that means peaceful dwelling. During this practice period our daily schedule takes on a tone of…

October Sesshin : A 10-day Meditation Retreat

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

October 14 - 24, 2021
Great Vow Zen Monastery
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.

Compassion, Joy and Forgiveness- A Weekend Loving Kindness Retreat

With Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

November 5 - 7, 2021
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.

Gratitude Sesshin: A Six Day Meditation Retreat

With Larry Fuho Trussell and Kodo Conover

November 15 - 21, 2021
Great Vow Zen Monastery
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 Meditation Retreat

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

December 5 - 12, 2021
Great Vow Zen Monastery
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.