6401 NE 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
The priest’s robe is the Buddha body, the Buddha mind, it is the clothing of emancipation, the robe beyond form, the unsurpassable robe, the robe of patience, the robe of great love and compassion and the robe of unsurpassable, complete enlightenment.
The ability to give the whole of one’s life to realizing Enlightenment, to widening one’s heart, and to serving the Dharma is a rare and auspicious opportunity.
Great Vow Zen Monastery offers ordination and full time residential training as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest. The first step of this program begins with living at the monastery as a resident for one to two years, experiencing the full spectrum of attitudes, joys, and challenges that arise in community Zen training.
The subsequent steps of the ordination path are:
The five year period can be broken down into three training categories:
Zazen, seated meditation, is our central practice. Life at Great Vow is an opportunity to immerse oneself in zazen, explore the depths of the heart-mind and see into the essential matter of life and death. In one year, residential trainees at Great Vow do twelve sesshin, as well as other weekend and week-long meditation retreats. The daily schedule includes three to four hours of zazen six days a week.
2. Stability and service
3. Buddhist study and character work
The Zen Community of Oregon takes care of the essential needs of the ordained including a small stipend and, as the economic climate allows, health insurance.