Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

Kisei Costenbader, Sensei is an ordained Zen priestess, monastic and Zen teacher in the Zen Community of Oregon. She currently lives at Great Vow Zen Monastery where she is the Director of Training. Kisei has the heart of a mystic and poet. She is deeply committed to the monastic path and the role of monasteries as seed beds of collective awakening within a culture and society. Kisei is part of the Engaged Buddhism Committee and is the President of the Board of the Zen Community of Oregon. She is interested in the intersection of waking up and justice making. Her teaching is inspired by the poetry and writings of the Women Buddhist Ancestors and the Zen koan tradition. She is an embodied teacher with a passion for the truth.

Events with Kisei Costenbader, Sensei

Autumn Ango: An Online Practice Period
October 13, 2020

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 As we witness transformation of season, our lives, and the physical world around us, our Ango practice period approaches. With the potential for unrest and polarization increasing as we head into the election and beyond, practicing and contributing equanimity, empathy and a deep vision of reality is a great gift to our communities. The Buddha asked his students to take periods of time for more…

Fusatsu: Ceremony of Repentance and Renewal
October 31, 2020

As practitioners of the Dharma we aspire to live a life of wisdom and compassion. One that recognizes our interconnection with all beings. We take up the practice of self-reflection–openly turning the light of awareness and seeing the places we are not fully living up to our highest potential. It is crucial that we look at our lives not only from a personal filter, but also acknowledge how our thoughts, words and actions affect our families, our communities, our society and our planet. True inter-connection recognizes that we are part of this great network of interbeing. Undoing systems of oppression…

Election Day 24 Hour Meditation Vigil
November 3, 2020

Join us for a full day of Zazen, guided meditation, loving kindness practice, chanting and prayer as we hold space and bear witness to this moment in history – Election Day 2020. A vigil is a sacred vessel that holds our fears, griefs, anxieties, reactivity, restlessness, love, prayers, courage, care, desperation, numbness, hope and despair. We bear witness, by showing up for ourselves, our community and our world in the embodied way that is our zazen practice. We sit upright, in the fires of change and deep feeling, as a Bodhisattva, the heart oriented towards loving kindness, compassion, joy and…

Compassion, Forgiveness and Joy: A Weekend of Loving Kindness Practice
November 6, 2020

Living awake in this world is living on the brink of tenderness. As a human species and planet we are under-going a time of great uncertainty and change, as a nation we are experiencing polarization and reckoning with the systems of injustice and oppression. Living through this time of change can illicit confusion, anxiety, grief, anger, rage and fear. Compassion gives us space to grieve, to deeply feel/experience our lives, our emotions and our connection with all beings. Loving Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness and Joy are embodied practices that welcome us into the heart of direct, honest feeling where the wisdom…

The Art of Coming Undone - Dharma Teachings On How to Fall Apart - Online Retreat
December 4, 2020

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. In this retreat, we will first open our vision to ceaseless transformation on the micro and macro-cosmic levels, aligning our intellect with the raw fact of non-stop flow in every detail of existence. With that foundation,…