who we are

We are a group of Zen practitioners in the tradition of the White Plum lineage of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. We are directly affiliated with Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon. We offer people the opportunity to learn about and practice Zen Buddhism in this tradition.

statement of purpose

The emphasis at North Shore Zendo is on zazen meditation and the integration of Zen Buddhism in our daily lives. We provide instruction and a supportive structure and environment for this.

why practise zen?

Zen is a school of Buddhism that developed in China more than 1300 years ago. It is distinguished from other schools of Buddhism by its emphasis on zazen meditation.

Zen is the practice of waking up to the present moment and, through that awareness, appreciating the moment to moment reality of our lives. It is an experiential practice and does not emphasize conceptual learning. There is a saying in Zen that: “Paper cakes don’t satisfy hunger”.

Zen meditation can increase health and concentration, and decrease stress and anxiety. At root, however, it is about learning to live with appreciation and clarity.

schedule & activities

Meditation Times

We meet weekly for zazen meditation at the following times:

North Vancouver (4080 St. Georges Ave.)

     --Monday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

     --Thursday evenings from 7pm - 9pm, and

     --Sunday mornings from 8am - 9am  .

Vancouver (718 E. 20th Ave. at Bridge and Enrich Lives Society )  

     --Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

New participants are asked to call ahead and come 15 minutes early their first time to the zendo.

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Learn Zen Meditation

We provide free instruction in zen meditation for anyone who wishes to learn, recognizing that we are all beginners, including:  zazen meditation practice, kinhin walking meditation and the practice  forms which we follow in the zendo. The instructions are simple and the practice can be learned by anyone. It is not necessary to be able to sit cross legged on the floor. Please arrive on time and wear loose comfortable clothing.

There is no fee or donation required to attend, but we do sustain the zendo on peoples' donations. We ask that people make a donation when they attend, if they are able, and to be as generous as their circumstances permit.

Events Calendar:

Full Week Sesshin We hold two full week sesshin (silent meditation intensives) yearly in Vancouver and  we attend sesshin at Great Vow Zen Monastery regularly, as our individual schedules permit.  We are happy to offer transportation to others wishing to attend sesshin.  

Weekend Retreats We hold non-residential weekend zen retreats in Vancouver at least twice a year, or more frequently as their schedules permit. We also hold day retreats and classes from time to time.

 1/2 Day Zazenkai We hold monthly half-day meditation retreats called Zazenkai. Details of Zazenkai retreats will be posted here; please check frequently.


March 5th - 6th Retreat with Hogen Roshi: Hogen Roshi , the abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, will lead a Zen meditation retreat the weekend of Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th at the beautiful Bridge & Enrich zendo at Fraser & 20th in Vancouver. The theme of the retreat will focus on the practice of the Zen precepts in daily life: the practice of ease and joy. He will be accompanied by Jogen Salzberg, the head of training at GVZM. As is always the case with Hogen Roshi`s retreats. this promises to be a significant opportunity to deepen your meditation practice, led by one of the foremost teachers of Zen Buddhism in North America today. We sincerely hope that you are able to attend. To register of for further information, please contact Hoben at hoben@telus.net..  

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Jukai Ceremony: This retreat will culminate in a jukai ceremony last thing Sunday afternoon in which 4 sangha members (Anusha, Maria, Milena & Josh) will take jukai and 3 sangha members (Matthew Friesen, Remi & Bernadette) will take the 5 precepts. There will be a reception following the retreat in honour of the jukai and 5 precept recipients.

Way Seeking Mind Talks: The four jukai candidates will each give a way seeking mind talk in the North Vancouver zendo during our regular Thursday evening zazen program on the following dates:
Anusha Feb 25th
Maria Feb 18th
Milena Feb 11th
Josh Feb 4th

In these talks, they will speak to their own personal path of spiritual practice that has brought them to their present way seeking mind. These talks often provide meaningful insight into a life of practice with all of its joys and challenges. I hope you are all able to come out for these evenings.

   --On May 14th -15th, 2016  Jogen Salzburg , the senior priest at Great Vow Zen Monastery will lead a weekend retreat at the Bridge and Enrich Society zendo at 718 E. 20th Ave., Vancouver


10th Anniversary Party We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of North Shore Zendo on the evening of Friday March 4th, 2016.  All members, former members and anyone who has ever sat with us is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please do come and celebrate with us.  Please RSVP to Hoben at hoben@telus.net , if you plan to attend.


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white plum lineage

The White Plum Asanga is an organization of Zen Communities in the lineage established by Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Roshi (1931-1995), one of the great pioneers of modern Zen, who opened up a unique tradition of Buddhist practice to a worldwide movement.

great vow zen monastery

Great Vow Zen Monastery is a residential, Zen Buddhist, training monastery located on the Columbia River in Clatskanie, Oregon. The practice is a synthesis of Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions. At the heart of training at Great Vow are monthly silent meditation intensives ranging from 6-10 days called sesshin. Great Vow also offers a variety of workshops and classes ranging from contemplative arts to compassionate communication with the intention to broaden our expression of wisdom in everyday life.


Kim Hoben Hansen is the resident teacher at North Shore Zendo.  He received Dharma Transmission in 2015 from  Chozen and Hogen Bays Roshis, the co-abbots of Great Vow Zen Monastery... Hoben began practicing Zen Buddhism in 1995 and has trained with Chozen and Hogen since 1996. He is a husband, father and estwhile lawyer, 

Our root teachers are Chozen  and Hogen Bays, Roshis.  Chozen Bays has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1973, when she commenced training with Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. She was ordained in 1979, finished formal koan study in 1983, and received Dharma transmission (authorization to teach), from Maezumi, Roshi the same year. Chozen is also a pediatrician, mother and wife.

Hogen Bays has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1968, first with Philip Kapleau, Roshi and then, commencing in 1980, with Maezumi, Roshi. He was ordained in 1990 and in 2000, after advice and consultation with other Zen teachers, he received Dharma transmission from Chozen, Roshi. Hogen holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a master’s degree in psychology.


address and contact information

Our zendo is located in the upper Lonsdale area of North Vancouver at:

4080 St. Georges Ave.
North Vancouver, BC V7N 1W8

Please contact:

Kim Hoben Hansen
Tel: 604-985-2347
Email: kimhansen@telus.net

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