Jan Chozen Bays

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Jan Chozen Bays
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Religion Zen Buddhism
School Harada-Yasutani
Lineage White Plum Asanga
Dharma names Chozen
Born c. 1945
United States
Spouse Hogen Bays
Senior posting
Title Roshi
Predecessor Taizan Maezumi
Religious career
Website Great Vow Zen Monastery
Zen Community of Oregon

Jan Chozen Bays, MD (born 1945), is a pediatrician and Zen teacher practicing in Oregon.


With her husband Laren Hogen Bays, since 1985 she has been a teacher at the Zen Community of Oregon, a Zen center or sangha in Portland, Oregon.[1] Chozen and Hogen Bays are also co-founders of the Great Vow Zen Monastery of Clatskanie, Oregon, which opened in 2002 and where she is now co-abbot. She was a student of Venerable Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi, from 1977 until the time of his death in 1995, and from whom she received dharma transmission in 1983. From 1990 until the present she has continued to deepen and expand her practice with Shodo Harada, a Rinzai Zen teacher.[2][3] She is also interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.[4]



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  1. ^ Haught, Nancy (January 11, 2001). "Karma: Buddhism's most misunderstood concept". Amarillo Globe News. 
  2. ^ Before founding Great Vow she was the founder of Larch Mountain Zen Center, also in the Portland area, and prior to that she and Hogen were longtime residents of the LA Zen Center, founded by Maezumi Roshi. Chozen is a pediatrician specializing in child abuse, founded a child abuse clinic in Portland (called CARES) and has lectured on the subject throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is the author of several books. Kosho Uchiyama; Thomas Wright; Jisho Cary Warner; Shohaku Okumura (2004). Opening the hand of thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0861713575. 
  3. ^ James William Coleman (2002). The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195152417. 
  4. ^ Elijah Interfaith Institute - Buddhist Members of the Board of World Religious Leaders

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