Jan Chozen Bays

Year of birth : 1945
Education : Swarthmore College
Website : http://www.zendust.org/


" "Kind words are a gift. They create wealth in the heart.” "

" When you are unhappy, discover what you are clinging to and let it go. 

Resting in this moment, we have no age. "

Books by the Master

'' Mindful Eating: Free Yourself from Overeating and Other Unhealthy Relationships with Food '' ... '' How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness '' ... '' Jizo Bodhisattva: Modern Healing & Traditional Buddhist Practice '' ... '' Jizo Bodhisattva: Guardian of Children, Travelers, and Other Voyagers ''


Jan Chozen Bays, M.D., is a Pediatrician and Zen teacher who has been practising and teaching mindful eating for over twenty years. She graduated from Swarthmore College and did her medical and post graduate Pediatric training at the University of California at San Diego.

Jan Chozen Bays or Roshi has studied and practised Zen Buddhism since 1973. She received Jukai (lay precepts) in 1975 and priest’s ordination in 1979 from Taizan Maezumi, Roshi.

From 1978 to 1983 she lived at the 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 was given Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) that same year.

Since 1985 Chozen Roshi has been the teacher for the Zen Community of Oregon. 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. 

She has published many articles about Zen in the periodicals Tricycle and Buddhadharma. Her first book, Jizo Bodhisattva, Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice  has been re-issued in paperback as Bodhisattva, Guardian of Children, Women and Other Voyagers .She is the author of How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness and Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food .