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 Japan.
Since 1985 Chozen, Roshi has been the teacher for Zen Community of Oregon. In 2002 she helped to found Great Vow Zen Monastery and is the co-abbot. In 2011 she also helped found Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland, Oregon.
She has published many articles about Zen in the periodicals Tricycle and Buddhadharma. Her first book, Jizo Bodhisattva, Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice (Tuttle, 2002), has been re-issued in paperback as Jizo Bodhisattva, Guardian of Children, Women and Other Voyagers by Shambhala. She is the author of How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness (Shambhala, 2011), and Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Shambala 2011).
Chozen, Roshi is also pediatrician, mother, and wife.
Events with Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi
June 20, 2021
Dear Sangha and Friends, On Sunday, June 20th, 2021, Nancy Kodo Conover and Patrick Bansho Green will receive Tokudo (priest ordination) at Great Vow Zen Monastery. You are invited to attend! Priest Ordination means that Kodo and Bansho are ready to help anyone with religious support for the rituals of their life transitions: such as blessings, funerals, visiting the ill and weddings. Kodo and Bansho have faith in the teachings and practice of the BuddhaDharma, and are willing to step forward to help hold the container of practice for the whole community. They will be able to represent our lineage as religious professionals to…
September 14, 2021
This retreat will focus on the qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva, guardian of all the comes from the earth, and Jizo’s qualities – optimism, fearlessness, determination, and vow. Approximate Schedule Monday Night 7:30 Orientation 8:30 Zazen/Opening Talk Tuesday – Saturday 5:30 Zazen 6:50 Chanting Service 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Work Practice 11:30 Zazen 12:50 Chanting Service 1:00 Lunch 3:00 Movement 3:30 Teisho (Dharma Talk) 4:30 Zazen 5:20 Chanting Service 5:30 Dinner 7:00 Zazen 9:30 Formal Tea/Closing Chant/Zazen Sunday Morning 6:00 Zazen/Closing Remarks 7:00 Closing Circle 10:00 Sunday Program Chanting Service/Zazen 11:30 Dharma Talk
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…