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…

Giving Thanks : A night of Gratitude Practice
November 26, 2020

Giving thanks is a deep practice of the heart. We are invited to see all the blessings of this life, we are invited to hold the immense suffering, the buoyant resilience and all the many joys and miracles of this life. Meditation practice, the practice of attention, helps create space in the heart to truly find gratitude and to practice true thanks giving. On this evening of Thanksgiving, sitting in the uncertainty and grief as another wave of the pandemic unfolds. Let’s come together and Remember to Remember. As this day in the history of the US is a Day…

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,…

Fusatsu: Ceremony of Repentance and Renewal
December 19, 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…

March Sesshin: A Nine Day Online Meditation Retreat
March 12, 2021

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…

July Sesshin: A Six Day Online Meditation Retreat
July 19, 2021

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
August 16, 2021

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
October 14, 2021

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. Part time attendance is fine. Meditation takes time, and deep meditation, which leads to insight, takes more time. This 10-day intensive retreat offers the opportunity to discover places of deep stillness and wonder. It is our intention…

Rohatsu Sesshin: A 7 Day Online Meditation Retreat
December 5, 2021

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. 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…