Great Vow Zen Monastery Zendo

Current monastery online schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday
4:30AM to 6:20AM – Meditation (No morning meditation on Tuesday)
6:30AM to 7:00AM – Chanting service
7:00PM 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.
Zoom link for Sunday Morning (must be logged into Zoom)


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 (must be logged into Zoom)

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 (NOTE: you are invited to join us in person at Heart of Wisdom on Mondays Oct 17 – Dec 5)
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.
Note: not offered Sunday, Dec. 5 or Sat, Dec. 10 due to schedule conflict.

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.

January 2023

1/31 - 4/9Monastery Winter Practice Period

July 2023

7/6 - 8/20Summer Residency Program 2023

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…

December Sesshin – Rohatsu

With Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi

December 4 - 11, 2022
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
ROHATSU SESSHIN IS FULL FOR IN-PERSON PARTICIPATION. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM. 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…

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.

Awakening to the Delusion of Whiteness: Using the Dharma to Dismantle Oppression

January 8 - June 25, 2023
Online or at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
Awakening to the Delusion of Whiteness is structured as an “affinity group” for white people to explore the elements that have contributed to this often unconscious identity. We explore in this way with an understanding that our own liberation/awakening is intimately bound to one another.

Monastery Winter Practice Period

January 31 - April 9, 2023
Great Vow Zen Monastery
In the stillness and quiet of the monastic container, when we allow the dust to settle and the thinking mind to open and relax, spontaneous wonderment and delight naturally appear. Attention is love. How do we attend to our life? During this practice period we will lean into creativity as an expression of love and attunement to the day to day activities of Monastery life. The schedule will be much the same as the rest of the year and will include Zazen, work practice, classes and retreats, formal meals  and time to explore creative process, individually and as a group.…

March Sesshin – Deep Listening

With Hogen Bays, Roshi and Laura Jomon Martin

March 17 - 26, 2023
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
How does the heart respond to the song of the kettle or the crunch of gravel below our feet? How do we attend to the field of sound that is our life? During this sesshin we come together in joyous recognition of the power of deep listening, and sink into the rhythms of our wild, wonderful and mysterious life.

April Sesshin: This is a Dream

With Amy Kisei, Sensei

April 17 - 23, 2023
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
"Now think of what is without thought. How can you think of it? Be Before Thinking. This is the essence of zazen. Shatter obstacles and become intimate with Awakening Awareness." - Keizan Zenji More details about this sesshin will be added soon)

May Sesshin – The Light of our Ancestors

With Jogen Salzberg, Sensei

May 15 - 21, 2023
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
Zen is a direct Mind to Mind transmission--a transmission of light. We study with teachers who help us recognize and embody our awakened wisdom and compassion. During this sesshin, we will connect with our roots and draw strength from the stories of those who have come before us. Our ancestors are real people, walking the path of their lives and opening the Dharma truths - just as we aspire to do. Join us for this intimate week of practice. Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend…

June Sesshin – Loving Kindness

With Kim Hoben Hansen and Patrick Bansho Green

June 5 - 11, 2023
Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online
Our Original Heart is always open. Loving Kindness practice can help dispel fear and anxiety, that prevents us from experiencing the ease and joy of the present moment. This is not a complacent practice but a call to honest intimacy with ourselves and the world in which we live. Join us for this meditation retreat where we immerse ourselves in the teachings and practices of Loving Kindness. This Sesshin will take place both in-person at Great Vow Zen Monastery and Online. Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order…

Summer Residency Program 2023

July 6 - August 20, 2023
Great Vow Zen Monastery
The Summer Program at Great Vow Zen Monastery is an opportunity to plunge into Zen practice with the support of community and teachers, and to taste the benefits of calming the mind and opening the heart. Our Summer Program is a special part of our on-going residential program at the monastery. It is designed to give you a genuine immersion in Zen practice, through the practices of meditation, mindful eating. ritual/liturgy, movement practices (yoga/qi gong), and temple work.