Dharma Talk with Chozen Bays Roshi and Hogen Bays Roshi of the Great Vow Zen Monastery

Join us on Monday or Tuesday evening for a precious meeting of distinguished Zen and Chan teachers, online or in-person at the Tallahassee Chan Center. Chozen Bays Roshi and Hogen Bays Roshi of the Great Vow Zen Monastery will visit Guo Gu and the Tallahassee Chan Center for an engaging period of discussion for two nights, Monday April 18 and Tuesday April 19. The talks will go from 7:30pm – 9:00pm ET and will have opportunities for audience Q&A.




Chozen Bays Roshi

Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi has studied and practiced Zen Buddhism since 1973. She received Jukai (lay precepts) in 1975 and Tokudo, Priest’s Ordination, in 1979 from Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. From 1978 to 1983 she lived at Zen Center of Los Angeles, studying with Maezumi, Roshi and directing the Zen Center’s non-profit Medical Clinic. She finished formal koan study in 1983 and she was given Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) that same year. Following the death of Maezumi, Roshi in 1995 she has continued her training with Shodo Harada, Roshi, a Rinzai Zen teacher and the abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Japan.





Hogen Bays Roshi

Fred Eppsteiner is a dharma teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. He practices in the Zen and Tibetan traditions but bases his teachings on the full breadth of Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and meditation. He has been a student of Buddhism and a practitioner of meditation for over fifty years and has devoted himself to teaching the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) since 1996. Although Fred has practiced primarily in the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages, he bases his teachings on the full breadth of Buddhist philosophical, psychological and meditative traditions. He is the founder of the Florida Community of Mindfulness in Tampa, FL.      





Moderator, Guo Gu

Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) is the founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center, the founder of the socially engaged intra-denominational Buddhist organization, Dharma Relief, and a professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at Florida State University. He was a monk for nine years and one of the late Master Sheng Yen’s senior and closest disciples. He is the author of The Essence of Chan (2012), Passing Through the Gateless Barrier (2016), and Silent Illumination (2021).