Abby Mushin Terris has been practicing Zen since 1977. In 1992 she began Corvallis Zen Circle, a small sitting group that now has evolved into Sangha Jewel Temple where she is the guiding teacher. Mushin received Lay Transmission from Chozen Roshi in 2013 and is one of the sesshin leaders in ZCO. She also works as a psychotherapist and is the mother of two grown daughters.
Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She is also the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Peace in Schools is pioneering new depths in mindfulness education through teaching youth as well as training educators. Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent…
Danney Soten Lynch is a Dharma Holder and ordained Zen priest who currently lives and practices at Great Vow Zen Monastery, where he has resided since 2010. Soten has been playing and enjoying music all of his life. He serves as the Music Director at Great Vow, breathing new life into the liturgy, chants and marimba band. Soten also serves as Work Leader for the monastery. He is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, who leads wilderness sesshins every summer in the Pacific Northwest.
Darah Shonin Ashton has been practicing Zen since 2009 and was made a Dharma Holder in 2019. She served on the ZCO Board of Directors for 6 years and is the current Treasurer. She also works as a Chiropractor and is the mother of a grown son and daughter.
Denise Gour, LCSW, has worked with children and adults as a licensed clinical social worker since 1999 and specializes in the areas of stress, depression, anxiety, and addiction recovery. Her services are offered privately and under contract with health care, education, and private business organizations. Denise has enjoyed regularly facilitating three evidence-based mindfulness courses since 2009. Professional Mindfulness Training: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 2009, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention 2010, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression 2011, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens 2010 , Interpersonal Neurobiology 2010.
Paula Arai received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University, specializing in Japanese Sōtō Zen. She trained at Aichi Senmon Nisōdō for 4 months under the tutelage of Aoyama Shundō Rōshi. She is author of Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra––The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo (Shambhala Publications), Women Living Zen: Japanese Buddhist Nuns (Oxford University Press), and Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Buddhist Women’s Rituals (University of Hawai’i Press). Approaching her research with focus on embodied experience, she has received a range of support, including from Fulbright and the American Council of Learned…
Ed Gensho Welsh began practicing Zen in 2002 and was made a Dharma Holder in 2016. He facilitated study groups devoted to Buddhism and recovery from 2010 to 2012, and helped to launch the first Refuge Recovery (now Recovery Dharma) meeting in Portland (which meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple). He is married with three children.
Eduardo Zambrano is a Professor of Economics at Cal Poly, has been practicing meditation in many forms for 30 years and is a Certified Facilitator of The Work. “The Work helps me see that everything I ever wanted I already have, that what I am without my story is kind, generous, patient, hilarious, and does not need anything other than what it has in any given moment. The Work is pure genius. This genius is also inside you.”
Hogen Bays, Roshi began practicing in 1968 with Philip Kapleau, Roshi and was part of the residential staff at Zen Center of Rochester in Rochester, New York until 1975. He lived and trained at Zen Center of Los Angeles under the direction of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi from 1980-1984. In 1990 he took 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…
Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi has studied and practiced Zen Buddhism since 1973. She received Jukai (lay precepts) in 1975 and Tokudo, Priest’s Ordination, in 1979 from Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. From 1978 to 1983 she lived at Zen Center of Los Angeles, studying with Maezumi, Roshi and directing the Zen Center’s non-profit Medical Clinic. She finished formal koan study in 1983 and she was given Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) that same year. Following the death of Maezumi, Roshi in 1995 she has continued her training with Shodo Harada, Roshi, a Rinzai Zen teacher and the abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in…
Jogen Salzberg, Sensei has been practicing Zen since 1997, entered monastic training at Great Vow in 2003 and received Dharma Transmission from Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi in 2017. Since 2011, he has been a student of Dzogchen teacher Keith Dowman. Jogen leads the weekly Wednesday evening meditation gathering. His teaching draws on Zen, Dzogchen, Depth and Archetypal psychology, Voice Dialogue and more.
Josh Mann, who will help guide this group, first started meditating with the Zen Community of Oregon in 2006. He has spent a total of eight months in residence at Great Vow Zen Monastery and has participated in several sesshin. Josh also lived at Trillium House for a year-and-a-half (2013-2015) and was active at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. He started studying Nonviolent Communication in 2005 and has been leading practice groups in Eugene, Oregon since 2017. Additionally, Josh has a Master’s degree in Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education from Portland State University.
Kazuaki Tanahashi (棚橋一晃, October 4, 1933) is an accomplished Japanese calligrapher, Zen teacher, author and translator of Buddhist texts from Japanese and Chinese to English, most notably works by Dogen (he began his translation of Shobogenzo in his twenties).
Keith Dowman is one of the most influential Western Buddhist teachers in the transition of the vast Tibetan heritage to the West. A disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche, Kanjur Rinpoche, and the 16th Karmapa, he is a translator of Tibetan texts and a meditation teacher. Based in Kathmandu, India and Tibet for more than 30 years, Keith is dedicated to the teaching and practice of Dzogchen. Free of traditional forms and rituals, his style of teaching and transmission is direct and powerful.
Kim Hoben Hansen has been practicing Zen since 1995 and is the guiding teacher of the North Shore Zendo in Vancouver, Canada. Hoben received Lay Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Roshi in 2015. He is one of the sesshin leaders in ZCO. He practices law as a tax litigator and is married with three grown daughters.
Kisei Costenbader, Sensei is Zen Teacher and Buddhist Priest in the White Plum Lineage. She received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) from Chozen and Hogen Roshi in 2020. Kisei has 11 years of monastic training and over 3 years of meditation retreat experience. Kisei’s teaching style is heart-centered and spacious. She is justice oriented and is part of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion process within the Zen Community of Oregon. Kisei is also a poet and painter, and enjoys a creative and embodied approach to spiritual practice and teaching. https://www.patreon.com/amykisei
Nancy Kodo Conover has been practicing Zen since 2000 and received Lay Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Roshi in 2015. In 2010 Kodo retired from a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor to help establish Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. She leads Tuesday night meditation and discussion at Heart of Wisdom, as well as our Work-a-Day Sesshin. She is married and has lived in the Pacific Northwest her whole adult life.
Lama Lekshe (Julia King Tamang) has been praticing Tibetan Buddhism since 1994 in Portland, Oregon, Nepal and India. Her teachers are Bokar Rinpoche, Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche, and Lama Michael Conklin. In 2018, she completed a traditional 3-year meditation retreat in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. Before retreat, was a university teacher and a consultant to colleges. Lekshe is the founder of Dekeling.
Officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Rod received his teaching authorization after spending over 3 years in silent group retreat at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery (KTC) outside of New York City. It was during this time that he dealt with years of past pain and trauma and found forgiveness and compassion for himself, which he views as a critical step before truly being able to help others. Since completing retreat he has been pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School and is a core teacher with the Natural Dharma Fellowship. He has been…
Larry Fuho Trussell has been practicing Zen since 1976, and received Lay Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Roshi in 2015. Fuho is the lead teacher on Sunday mornings at Heart of Wisdom. He is one of the sesshin leaders in ZCO. He works as a research scientist and is married with one grown son.
Laura Jomon Martin has been practicing Zen since 2004 and in 2016 was made a Dharma Holder. Her career has been in social work since 1993, primarily in community mental health, and she is currently an LCSW in private practice, and a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, certified through University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Patrick Bansho Green has practiced with the Zen Community of Oregon since 2004 and received Lay Transmission from Chozen Bays and Hogen Bays in 2019. As board president, he led the effort to found Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, a lay practice center in Portland, Oregon. Prior to becoming the current full time Administrator for ZCO, Bansho worked for twenty years in the labor movement leading social and economic justice political and legislative campaigns.
Sara Shinei Monial is an ordained monastic Great Vow. She has been practicing meditation intensively since 2007, and has practiced closely with various teachers including Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, Hogen Bays, Roshi, and Satya Vayu. Shinei has a BA in Education, but left the field 11 years ago to pursue full-time spiritual practice. She is one of the founders of Touching Earth Sangha in Portland, whose intention is simple living in harmony with the natural world. Shinei also teaches yoga and practices long distance running.