Spiritual Leaders

Chozen Bays, Roshi

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 the 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 the 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, OR.

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).

Chozen Roshi is also pediatrician, mother and wife.

Hogen Bays, Zen Teacher

Hogen Bays began practicing in 1968 with Philip Kapleau, Roshi and was part of the residential staff at the Zen Center of Rochester in Rochester, New York until 1975.

He lived and trained at the Zen Center of Los Angeles under the direction of Taizan Maezumi , Roshi from 1980-1984. In 1990 he took Tokudo, 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 the 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.

Teachers

Abby Mushin Terris, Lay Teacher

Mushin Terris is a lay teacher in western Oregon. She has been practicing Zen for nearly forty years and has led the Corvallis Zen Circle since its establishment in 1992.

Mushin began her formal study of Zen with Robert Aitken in 1975. She has also practiced with Takabayashi Genki, Roshi and the Seattle Zen Center and Joan Reick, Roshi and Three Treasures Sangha in Seattle before meeting Jan Chozen Bays in 1989. She is the senior lay student of Zen Community of Oregon and recieved Sangha Transmission from Chozen Roshi is 2013.  She works as a mental health counselor and is the mother of two grown daughters.

Jogen Salzberg, Zen Priest

Adam Jogen Salzberg began practicing Zen meditation in 2000 and began full-time residential training at Great Vow Monastery in 2003.  Jogen took novice Priest ordination in 2006 and was made a Zen Priest and Dharma Holder by Chozen Bays, Roshi and Zen Teacher Hogen Bays in 2012. He has taught meditation at Reed College in Portland since 2006. He currently serves as Director of Training at the monastery.  In his free time he likes to paint pictures and write poems. View his work here

Kim Hoben Hansen, Dharma Holder

Kim Hoben Hansen is a lay teacher. He leads the North Shore Zendo (www.northshorezen.org) in Vancouver, Canada.  He began formal zen practice in 1995 and has trained with Chozen roshi and Hogen roshi since 1996.  They named him as a Dharma Holder in 2011.  Hoben practices law as a tax litigator.  He is married and has three grown daughters.

Kodo Conover, Dharma Holder

Kodo began Zen practice with ZCO in 2000, is a graduate of the ZCO Sanghakai program and was made a Dharma Holder in June of 2013. In 2010 Kodo retired from a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor to help establish Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. She is currently the temple manager and leads the Tuesday night sitting and discussion group. She is married and has lived in the Pacific Northwest her whole adult life.

Larry Fuho Trussell, Dharma Holder

Larry Fuho Trussell has practiced with the Zen Community of Oregon since 2001 and, as a lay Dharma Holder, has taught at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple since 2010. Fuho began zen practice in 1976 with Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles, and also studied with Genpo Merzel and Joko Beck in California before becoming a student of Chozen and Hogen Bays. He works as a research scientist and is married with one grown son.

Ryushin Creedon, Temple Priest

Ryushin began formal Zen training with Chozen and Hogen Bays in 2000. He spent nine years in residential training at Great Vow Zen Monastery. Ryushin was ordained in 2005, and has served on the board for both ZCO and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association.