Our teachers are Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Roshi who are the co-abbots of Great Vow Zen Monastery.

Jan 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.

Hogen and Chozen both continue their training with Shodo Harada, Roshi, a Rinzai Zen teacher, who is the abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Japan.

Kim Hoben Hansen has been authorized by Hogen and Chozen as a dharma holder and he leads the North Shore Zendo under their direction. He is authorized by them to give talks, conduct practice interviews and lead short retreats. Hoben began practicing Zen Buddhism in 1995 and has trained with Chozen and Hogen since 1996.