The Resilient Heart: Compassion, Inquiry and Spiritual Practice

The Resilient Heart: Compassion, Inquiry and Spiritual Practice

January 27 - February 2, 2020

Resilience is our individual capacity to thrive in demanding situations, and to get back up when we are ‘knocked down.’ The choices we make when responding to difficult situations and our attitude and willingness to act demonstrate resilience. Working together, we can support, with compassion, resilience in ourselves and in our fellow human beings. We will investigate these themes in a retreat that is part meditation, part personal exercises and part discussion. We will use The Work of Byron Katie, coupled with the power of Zen meditation, to investigate our core beliefs and the thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world.

Join us in this powerful retreat where two deeply transformational traditions of inquiry are combined as one.

About Presenters

Eduardo Z

Eduardo Zambrano has been practicing meditation in many forms for 30 years, first became a student of The Work in 2004, and is a Certified Facilitator of The Work.
“The Work helps me see that everything I ever wanted I already have, that what I am without my story is kind, generous, patient, hilarious, and does not need anything other than what it has in any given moment. The Work is pure genius. This genius is also inside you.”

Zen Teacher Hogen Bays, co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery. Hogen has been practicing meditation in many forms for 50 years. He has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, a Master’s degree in psychology and is an authorized Buddhist teacher.

Additional Information

Great Vow Zen Monastery is a residential community of lay and ordained people engaged in around-the-clock Buddhist practice. The practice heritage of the monastery is the Soto/Rinzai lineage of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi; enriched by the teachings of the Tibetan and Theravada traditions.

From previous versions of this retreat:

“This retreat was a gift to myself. It was an elegant, efficient way to find how ‘The Work is meditation,’ something I had heard Katie say many times and I didn’t understand. It was a great way to get to know me.”

“I feel like The Work is an excellent vehicle for self-inquiry. Being a Buddhist meditator for many years I have been used to “dismissing” my thoughts, not giving them any importance, or simply labeling them “thinking” and going back to the breath. Voicing my thoughts was a stretch for me and I feel like I have just scratched the surface. I leave this retreat wanting to integrate the insights gained into my life. This retreat was a heart opener.”

“The combination of Zen and The Work is brilliant. I was able to go deeper into both meditation and inquiry than I had before. I was deeply moved by everyone’s willingness to be courageous, vulnerable and authentic. Eduardo and Hogen beautifully modeled this openness and courage.”

“It is the most valuable workshop I have ever attended. The combination of Zen and The Work was perfect.”

Great Vow Zen Monastery, 79640 Quincy-Mayger Road
Clatskanie, OR, 97016

$380 ($280 to Zen Community of Oregon Members). Teachers for our retreats do not receive anything from registration fees. Instead teachers are supported through gifts of dana.



$50 of the retreat fee counts towards a nonrefundable deposit. We can transfer the deposit to future retreats at Great Vow Zen Monastery, if necessary.