Calendar

Great vow Zendo

Great Vow Zen Monastery Zendo 
Winter Practice Period
Tuesday – Saturday
5:30AM 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
Sunday Morning Meditation Instruction  10:30AM
YouTube link for all events
Zoom link for all events
Zoom link for Sunday morning meditation instruction

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weekly online offerings

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. During January we will explore the importance of vow in our lives and practice.
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.
Zoom link for Wednesday evening

Thursday Evening 
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Led by Amy Kisei Costenbader, Sensei
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 The Art of Living.
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.
Sorry, no programs exist here.

Robes and Lineage: A Class Exploring the Zen Lineage of Zen Community of Oregon

With Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

March 2, 2021
On Zoom
During this class we will look at a brief history of the robes/precepts garment in the Zen Buddhist Tradition. The Rakusu is a miniature version of the Buddha's robe that everyone who takes Jukai, the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts will hand sew. Sewing the Rakusu is a deep practice of mindfulness, presence, compassion and vow. We will also reflect on, investigate and connect with lineage. The jukai ceremony is a ceremony where one becomes part of this particular stream or lineage of Zen practice. It affirms a connection with this community and usually with one or more teachers within this community. We will…

March Sesshin: Boundless Space a Deep Listening Retreat

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

March 12 - 21, 2021
Online
Boundlessness is the nature of all things - sings Kaz Tanahashi's translation of the Heart Sutra Once a student inquired of their teacher. How do I practice boundlessness? The teacher replied, can you hear the sound of the stream? The student said, yes! I can hear it. Enter here, replied the teacher. We all have the capacity to know/experience the spaciousness. Deep listening opens awareness through and beyond the perceived limits of the body, it facilitates states of absorption and can be deeply pleasurable. Meditation sessions will include periods of toning and periods of silence, utilizing the practice of deep…

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 Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Patrick Bansho Green

June 14 - 20, 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…

July Sesshin: Cultivating the Empty Field 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.