Hogen Bays, Roshi


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 One Drop Zendo in Tahoma, Washington.

He has been a leader of Zen Community of Oregon since 1985 and worked full-time for the sangha since 1997. He is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery.

Hogen holds a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Master’s Degree (MS) in Psychology. He worked for the Oregon Department of Corrections for 15 years.

Hogen is a lifelong and devoted student of the Dharma and continues to broaden his practice by studying with teachers outside the Zen tradition.

Events with Hogen Bays, Roshi

Ordination Ceremony For Kodo and Bansho
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…

October Sesshin : A 10-day Meditation Retreat
October 7, 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 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…