About the Zen Community of Oregon

Purpose & History

The primary purpose of Zen Community of Oregon is:

  • To express and make accessible the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha’s teachings, as transmitted through an authentic, historical lineage.
  • To support and maintain Zen Buddhist practice in order to realize and actualize our Buddha nature in everyday life.      Read about ZCO History

Our Teachers

Jan Chozen Bays Roshi and Zen Teacher Hogen Bays are the spiritual leaders of ZCO, and the co-abbots of Great Vow Zen Monastery. Read more about our teachers

Sangha Harmony

The mission of the Sangha Harmony Committee is to facilitate effective communication within the sangha to inspire a harmonious and vital sangha life. Specifically this includes Guidelines for Behavior and Conflict Resolution.    


Statement of Inclusivity 

This Sangha acknowledges that suffering is a human condition which can be made worse because of biases or prejudices for or against any race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, political party, or other belief or position. This Sangha welcomes and affirms all who come here to seek the Way, and who will work toward respectful acceptance of others across our many differences, harmonizing the one and the many.

ZCO Board

From the ZCO by-laws: "The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors (the 'Board'). All powers of the corporation shall be exercised by or under authority of the Board, in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation and applicable law."     


About Jizo

Jizo Bodhisattva is an important character and influence at Great Vow, the monastic arm of Zen Community of Oregon.