Transforming the Inner Critic
Left to its own devices the Inner Critic has the potential to destroy relationships, turn our naturally bright mind toward depression, sap our physical energy and undermine our spiritual practice.
Yet the Inner Critic is not the enemy. It is the wisdom of discernment, gone too long unchecked, and out of balance with the rest of the system.
During this workshop we will use Buddhist and psychological teachings to see this voice more clearly. There will be guided meditations, group discussions and interactive exercises. We will learn tools to help transform our relationship to the Inner Critic, bringing it back into balance without losing its discriminating wisdom.
Hogen Bays, Zen Teacher
Hogen Bays began practicing in 1968 with Philip Kapleau, Roshi and was part of the residential staff at the Zen Center of Rochester in Rochester, New York until 1975.
He lived and trained at the Zen Center of Los Angeles under the direction of Taizan Maezumi , Roshi from 1980-1984. In 1990 he took Tokudo, Priest’s Ordination, with Maezumi Roshi. After advice and consultation with Harada, Roshi and other Zen teachers, in 2000 he received Dharma Transmission from Chozen, Roshi.
Since 1990 Hogen has continued his Zen studies with Rinzai Zen teacher Shodo Harada Roshi, abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Japan and One Drop Zendo in Tahoma, Washington.
He has been a leader of the Zen Community of Oregon since 1985 and worked full-time for the sangha since 1997. He is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery.
Hogen holds a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Master’s Degree (MS) in Psychology. He worked for the Oregon Department of Corrections for 15 years.
Laura Jomon Martin
A social worker since 1993, Laura Jomon Martin has been teaching mindfulness in health and mental health care since 2002. She has been an instructor of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) since 2009. She is in private practice as a counselor, and is a senior student and graduate of the Sanghakai Lay Zen leaders program with the Zen Community of Oregon.
Jomon is also a member of the Sangha Harmony Committee.