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Temple Dedication
Temple Dedication
October 12

A wonderful dedication of Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.




Friends, Family and Loved onesFriends, Family and Loved ones

24 Hour Zazen Vigil
24 Hour Zazen Vigil
October 9


Dear Heart of Wisdom Sangha:


Last night we concluded our 24 hour zazen vigil as the beginning for our Dedication Ceremony for Heart of Wisdom Zen Buddhist Temple. I wanted to thank all who participated in the vigil and for all of those who supported it. It felt as if the whole Sangha was there in the zendo in person or in spirit. We started in the dark, sat through the night, into the morning light, and throughout the day. The the afternoon sun streamed through the windows, the sun set, we sat in the twilight, and then the dark again. A full cycle of day and night, light and dark, zazen throughout, all within this scared space.


People came, sat and left through out the night and day. All in silence; all with purpose; all just flowing. It was as if the whole sangha was there sitting the vigil, lighting candles, moving in silence.


This is exactly what a vigil is...from the New Oxford American Dictionary:


A period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep, esp. to keep watch or pray.  A stationary, peaceful demonstration in support of a particular cause, typically without speeches. (In the Christian Church) the eve of a festival or holy day as an occasion of religious observance, nocturnal devotions.  


Our vigil and the ceremony tonight marks the spiritual dedication of Heart of Wisdom. We have a very strong and firm foundation in our spiritual practice. Our next steps will be to manifest these intentions as we plan, develop, create and welcome all to Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.


With gratitude,



Shuso, Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

Open House
Open House
August 20

On August 14 Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple held an Open House for the public.

It was a delightful day, with many friendly visitors and beautiful weather.

Click here to view more images from the event. (Look for the images titled "Open House")

Let the Sitting Begin
Let the Sitting Begin
July 13

The zendo floor is ready for continuous use at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.  Thank you for  the many careful, loving  hours of work from the rehab team and floor bodhisatva Wayne Haack.

There is still plenty of work to do as we look at the outside of the building.  There is a great need for workers of all skill levels for short term tasks and to fill our current and expanding services positions.  Please contact me or Ryushin if you have some time and interest.

With gratitude,  Kodo (503-502-6474)

Final CoatFinal Coat

5 Precepts in Our New Home
 5 Precepts in Our New Home
July 4

Heart of Wisdom opened the doors to sitting and a 5 Precepts Ceremony on June 30, 2011.  More than 75 people witnessed this wonderful ceremony in our beautiful "work in progress" Temple.

Hogen presents a wagessa to SteveHogen presents a wagessa to Steve




Birdie, Allen, Steve, Robert, and Linda F. took the 5 Precepts for Ethical Living. A very fitting start for Heart of Wisdom.  The 5 VowersThe 5 Vowers The shuso's viewThe shuso's view

Home Stretch...
Home Stretch...
June 29

So much news!  The transformation of the temple is miraculous and growing with every day.  The zendo floor is nearly finished, the stairs, banister and trim are all finished and up.  The sanzen room is taking shape.  The garden is in bloom.

DON'T FORGET! Starting THIS THURSDAY, June 30th, we will begin sitting and practicing at our new temple: 6401 NE 10th Ave. Doors open at 7, but we will need to clean and set up the temple, so if you have time and energy, feel free to show up anytime after 6pm to lend a hand. We will start off in our new home with zazen at 7:35, followed by a 5 Precepts ceremony. Please come and experience your new Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, built by YOU!

Work, Work and More Work
Work, Work and More Work
June 19

Work Practice on Sat. June 18....Hogen brought Jogen, Kotestu, Gentoku and Kondo from the monastery.  Their helping hands along with the helping hands from Heart of Wisdom (Wayne, Zac, Evan, Robert, Seiko, Suzan, Bansho, Matt K., Nan, Diane B. and Kodo) allowed us to sand, paint, clean, patch, fix and install lights.  Two trips to the dump and removal of the carpet rounded out the work day.

Sanding, sanding, sandingSanding, sanding, sanding




We enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Jomon (Thanks!!!) with discussion and reading.

Eat, Read, ConverseEat, Read, Converse





While the flowers grew in our garden in the misty rain. Thank you to all who participated on Saturday and during the week.  Also bows to those who stayed late to complete the sanding.  With gratitude, Kodo

Sun and mistSun and mist

Goings On
Goings On
June 8

Work on the zendo floor, stairway, sanzen room and other parts of Heart of Wisdom continues. Wayne Haack is leading the floor restoration and without him we would not have an increasingly beautiful zendo floor.  Wayne's contribution to this project is invaluable.

Others who have been hard at the hard work this week include Wayne, Doug, Robert, Andy, Evan, Allan, Akim, Zac and Jack (the plumber).  We will soon have hot water!

Thanks to all who came to the last work practice and to those who have been providing food!

Please drop by and see the great progress.

Final Touches: Andy and DougFinal Touches: Andy and Doug

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