Great Vow Zen Monastery Zendo

Current monastery online schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday
6:00AM to 6:50AM – Meditation (No morning meditation on Tuesday)
6:50AM to 7:30AM – Chanting service
8:00PM to 9:20PM – Meditation (on some non-retreat Wednesdays a priest leads a class on foundational Buddhist teachings 7:45 pm.)

Sunday Morning Program
10AM-12:15PM – in person and online. To attend in-person, please take a covid tests the morning before arriving. check out our evolving covid policy on the front page of this website. 

YouTube link for all events
Zoom link for all events

Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

Sunday Mornings: 9:30AM to 11:00AM
Led by Zen Teacher Larry Fuho Trussell
Meditation, Dharma talk, and chanting service. During sitting Fuho offers sanzen, private practice meetings for ZCO members.
In Person and Online.
In Person, please RSVP (limited to 22)
Zoom link for Sunday Morning

Sunday Evenings: 7PM to 8:30PM
Led by Hogen Bays, Roshi
Meditation and teachings on Buddhist sutras and spiritual practice.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Sunday Evening (must be logged in to Zoom)

Tuesday Evenings: 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Led by Zen Teacher Nancy Kodo Conover
Meditation, a short talk and group discussion about how Buddhist teachings apply to our life today.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Tuesday Evening

Wednesday Evenings: 6PM to 7:30PM
Led by Jogen Sensei
Silent and guided meditation including calm-abiding, emptiness practice and/or loving-kindness followed by dharma talk. Talk begins at 7pm. Drop in whenever!
Online only.
Zoom link for Wednesday Evening

Thursday Evenings: 7:00PM to 8:30P
Led by Kisei Sensei
Guided Meditation that includes embodiment, compassion, absorption and awareness practices. Currently exploring Awakening through the Zen koan technology.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Thursday Evening (must be logged in to Zoom)

Friday Mornings: 11:00AM to 12:30PM
Led by Doug Onkatsu Kagel
Begins with chanting service, seated and walking meditation, and meditation instruction in the zendo. Open zendo – drop in.
In Person and Online.
Zoom link for Friday Morning (you must be logged into your Zoom account)

Friday Evenings: 7:00PM to 8:00PM
Led by Zen Teacher Patrick Bansho Green
Guided meditations on metta (loving-kindness) as well as compassion, gratitude, and other qualities of the heart.
Online only.
Zoom link for Friday Evening

Other Ongoing Events

Morning Meditation with Trillium House Residents
Monday – Friday, 6:10am – 7am PT
Online. Zoom link.

LGBTQIA+ Dharma Group
Meets monthly on the 1st Saturday, 7pm-830pm PT.
In Person and Online.
For more information and the Zoom link: Send an email.

Engaged Buddhism Book Study
Wednesdays, Oct 5 to Nov 30, 7 – 8:30pm PT; Online
Discussion and study of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices

EcoSattvas –  Zen practice and action on climate
Meets monthly on the 2nd Monday, 7pm-830pm PT.
Online. Zoom link for meeting.  For more information email.


The Work of Byron Katie – facilitated by Linda Cho-on Frischmeyer
1st & 3rd Monday each Month: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
2nd  and 4th Saturdays each Month: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Whether you are new to The Work of Byron Katie and want to ‘try it on,’ or are familiar, even experienced, and want to do The Work in a small group setting, this opportunity is for you. We explore a belief common to many (all?!) of us each time we meet.
Online only. Zoom link for The Work.

Meditation Retreats, Sesshin, Workshops

Workshops and sesshin are currently offered in-person and online format unless otherwise noted.
Please do not attend in person if you feel sick or you live with someone who feels ill.

October 2022

10/13 - 10/23October Sesshin – The Ancient Gate

November 2022

11/7 - 11/13November Sesshin – Gratefulness

December 2022

12/4 - 12/11December Sesshin – Rohatsu

October 2022

10/11 - 12/18Autumn Ango – Fall Residency

Retreat Cabin Application

Open Dates
Great Vow Zen Monastery
The monastery retreat cabin rests on the edge of our 23 acres of forest. Though, just a short walk to the monastery buildings, it has a feeling of a forest hermitage. Equipped with running water, electricity, a small kitchenette with electric stovetop and small refrigerator and a compost toilet it is an ideal location for doing short solo retreat practice. You will have access to our forest trail system, beautiful meadows and gardens, as well as the privacy for solo meditation and dharma study. The intention of the retreat hut is to provide practice support for those looking to deepen…

October Sesshin – The Ancient Gate

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Patrick Bansho Green

October 13 - 23, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
There is something very special about the magic of autumn and the kicking off of the fall practice period that makes this sesshin so powerful. What a great gift it is to be able to sit together in silence. This is our longest sesshin of the year. The extra days enable us drop down into the bare bones essentials of our lives. We have this rare opportunity to turn towards the practice/awakening that is our true nature, and to celebrate quietly together in the container of sesshin. Day after day plunge into the waters of mystery and exploration. Turn off…

Foundations: Online Course In Buddhism

With Patrick Bansho Green, Darah Shonin Ashton and Anusha Enryu Fernando

October 29, 2022 - June 10, 2023
What did the Buddha teach? How is it relevant and lived in our time here and now? In this online course we will investigate the foundational teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. Through a mix of presentation, small group discussion, and meditation practices we will explore the insights of the Buddha, the history and context of his teaching, and how the awakening insights are alive here and now. Monthly November to June

Autumn Zazenkai

October 29, 2022
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
A Zazenkai is a day of Zen practice in the city. Join us for a silent day of meditation (seated and walking), chanting, mindful eating, temple care-taking, and a dharma talk. We close the day with a ceremony to renewing our intention to live an ethical life.

Robes and Lineage: A Class Exploring the Zen Lineage of Zen Community of Oregon

With Amy Kisei, Sensei

October 30, 2022
Heart of Wisdom or Online
During this class we will look at a brief history of the robes/precepts garment in the Zen Buddhist Tradition. We will also reflect on, investigate and connect with lineage. The jukai ceremony is a ceremony where one becomes part of this particular stream or lineage of Zen practice.

ZCO Board meeting November 2022

November 6, 2022
Board meetings are open and members of the community are invited to attend. Board meetings  are a place to find out what’s happening and how ZCO functions. Typical topics include finances, reports on goings on at the monastery and temple, committee reports, and the community's strategic plans. Meetings are held via Zoom.

November Sesshin – Gratefulness

With Jogen Salzberg, Sensei and Kodo Conover

November 7 - 13, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
  With gratitude for our beloved sangha near and far, in person and on zoom, the Monastery joyfully offers another sesshin. This sesshin has no set price. All are welcome to attend, and donations from the heart are welcome. During this week of practice, we will eat only the offerings brought to us specifically for this retreat. So food donations, while always welcome, are particularly helpful! Bring food that you like to eat, bring food that will challenge our kitchen team and cook. She will need to dive into creativity and allow the surprises of each donation manifest our meals.…

Compassion, Joy and Forgiveness- A Weekend Loving Kindness Retreat

With Amy Kisei, Sensei

November 18 - 20, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
The teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism empower us to live our lives wholeheartedly with openness, insight and compassion. During this weekend retreat we follow a silent retreat schedule, which allows us to temporarily put aside outside concerns and go deeply into inner work.

Seeing Through – Zen Practices of Emptiness- Online Retreat

With Amy Kisei, Sensei and Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

December 2 - 4, 2022
Celebrated lineage ancestors in both Soto and Rinzai Zen have presented inquiries, contemplations and methods, subtle and dynamic, for liberating awareness and therefore the body, mind and world from it’s contraction into a separate self.

December Sesshin – Rohatsu

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi

December 4 - 11, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
The light of the Buddha's awakening has not dimmed. This very moment, alive, awake and luminous. Each year people from all over the world gather to celebrate, to sit in stillness and to be nourished by this truth. All over the world people join in the ritual of Rohatsu sesshin. This sesshin is the culmination of a year of practice and is also the culmination of our fall Ango practice period. At many centers and monasteries, this is the most valued sesshin of the year, and may be the only one that many people are able to attend. We are…

Beginner’s Mind Weekend Retreat

With Amy Kisei, Sensei and Myoyu Voekel

December 16 - 18, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery
The teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism empower us to live our lives wholeheartedly with openness, insight and compassion. During this weekend retreat we follow a silent retreat schedule, which allows us to temporarily put aside outside concerns and go deeply into inner work.