Amy Kisei, Sensei

Amy Kisei, Sensei is an authorized Zen teacher, zen priest, spiritual counselor and mindfulness instructor. She has been practicing meditation for almost 20 years. Kisei has 12 years of monastic training and teaching experience from Great Vow Zen Monastery, and holds a BS in Earth Science and Gender Studies. She is trained in Mindful Eating through the University of California San Diego, MECL program. In her spiritual counseling practice Kisei utilizes the tools of meditation/mindfulness, dream-work, process art and ceremony to help people in their healing & awakening process. She is passionate about bringing the practices of meditation/mindfulness into environmental justice & climate grief work and has been instrumental in ZCO’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work. Learn more about Amy Kisei by visiting her website

Events with Amy Kisei, Sensei

Towards A New Way: Spiritual Training For Deep Adaptation
October 7, 2022

We are living into the sixth major extinction event on this planet. With climate instability it is hard to know what the future will bring. It can be difficult to know what to do, when the future seems so uncertain.  From a contemplative training perspective, if we are willing to directly face  and work with this uncertainty, the conditions of our life and world are the ideal conditions for our awakening. Contemplative training is commonly misconstrued and sometimes practiced as an inward turning means to cope with life’s hardships through an indifferent disconnection from the world.   When properly understood and…

Robes and Lineage: A Class Exploring the Zen Lineage of Zen Community of Oregon
October 30, 2022

During this class we will look at a brief history of the robes/precepts garment in the Zen Buddhist Tradition. The Rakusu is a miniature version of the Buddha’s robe that everyone who takes Jukai, the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts will hand sew. Sewing the Rakusu is a deep practice of mindfulness, presence, compassion and vow. 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. It affirms a connection with this community and usually with one or more teachers within this community. We will…

Compassion, Joy and Forgiveness- A Weekend Loving Kindness Retreat
November 18, 2022

Living awake in this world is living on the brink of tenderness. As a human species and planet we are under-going a time of great uncertainty and change. Living through this time of change can illicit confusion, anxiety, grief, anger, rage and fear. Compassion gives us space to grieve, to deeply feel/experience our lives, our emotions and our connection with all beings. Loving Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness and Joy are embodied practices that welcome us into the heart of direct, honest feeling where the wisdom of our emotions is allowed to express. These simple yet radical heart-centered practices can help us…

Seeing Through - Zen Practices of Emptiness- Online Retreat
December 2, 2022

 “..knowing there is something fundamental in oneself, when one turns the light around (shifts attention from sense experience to the essence of mind) one ejects form, sound, smell, flavor, touch, and phenomena, and attains tranquility. does not grasp sense data but descends among them without being blinded, letting them be…” – Sozan Zenji “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 Unfortunately, there is a common misunderstanding about Zen meditation- that it is a…

Beginner's Mind Weekend Retreat
December 16, 2022

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. The silent retreat schedule includes about seven hours of sitting meditation (with breaks), Buddhist chanting services, formal oryoki meals, and a period of community work practice. On the first evening the retreat leaders will give thorough instruction on the foundations and methods of Zen meditation and posture. Opportunities to meet with a teacher or senior practitioner…