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Five Precept Ceremony
Five Precept Ceremony
March 5

Four members took the 5 Precepts in a lovely ceremony at Heart of Wisdom on Sunday March 2, 2014.

Blythe Gatewood, Josh Mann, Arlene Holmes, and Manny Clark stood before the community and vowed to uphold the 5 Precepts of Ethical Living.  During this formal 5 Precepts Ceremony, it is also an opportunity for the community to renew their vows and for newer people to understand the importance of Ethical Living in our community.

Surprise Visit for New Years
Surprise Visit for New Years
February 28

Last Saturday, Feb. 22, a group of Buddhists from Buu Hung Budddhist Monastery visited Heart of Wisdom to honor the Buddha and pay respects to our Temple.  Every year at the Chinese New Year they visit ten Temples as part of the celebration.  This year they included us!

These are their wishes for us:

Great Success, Good Luck and Good Health.

They also gave us an offering of a box of oranges and a monetary gift from each person on the tour. It was very nice to have close to 40 people both ordained and lay people visit our temple.  This is mainly a Viet Nam Temple but most of the people spoke some English and for those who did not the nun Hue Hung interpreted for us.

Reclining Buddha and Kotetsu
Reclining Buddha and Kotetsu
February 20

Heart of Wisdom Head of Zendo, Kotetsu Westin lights incense while the Reclining Buddha watches.  The Reclinging Buddha is placed on the altar during February as part of Pari-nirvana.  Kotetsu became Head of Zendo for Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in September 2013 and is steadily fullfilling his duties on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening.

 

New Door Installed
New Door Installed
January 27

Ben Pederson installs the new Kuan Yin Door at Heart of Wisdom.  This is the last part of the altar table and Kuan Yin door which was funded by a number of generous ZCO members.

Sanghakai Graduation
Sanghakai Graduation
November 13

On Sunday November 10th a graduation ceremony was held honoring the completion of the third cycle of Sanghakai training.  Sanghakai is a 3-year program for senior ZCO students designed to cultivate different aspects of Sangha service and leadership. The 2013 graduates are (wearing blue rakusu, pictured from top left to bottom right) Janine Seitetsu Larsen, Kari Kishin Lindahl, Nina Eimyo Meladandri, Laura Jomon Martin, Patrick Bansho Green, Ryushin Creedon and Ed Gensho Welsh.  Not in the photograph is graduate Anne Senryu Pechovnik.

Mushin's Sangha Transmission
Mushin's Sangha Transmission
July 31

We're delighted to announce that Abby Mushin Terris received Sangha Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Bays on July 27th and is fully empowered as a lay teacher. She received the transmission name "Ho-en", or "Dharma Garden", which is also the name of her zendo.

 

This transmission acknowledges Mushin’s decades of sustained practice and maturity in Dharma. The term “Sangha Transmission” refers to the role of the sangha in recognizing and co-creating a person as a Zen teacher.  Mushin has led a warm and vital sangha sitting group in Corvallis since 1992.

 

Mushin has studied with several teachers including Robert Aitken Roshi, Genki Takabayashi Roshi, Joan Rieck Roshi as well as twenty years of practice with Chozen Bays, Roshi and Zen Community of Oregon.

 

 

Mushin's sangha, the Corvallis Zen Circle, sewed her a new brown rakusu with donated and dyed scraps of fabric. This was in honor of a tradition dating back to the time of the Buddha, when robes were made of donated and discarded pieces of cloth dyed with saffron and turmeric.

 

On July 28th, during the Sunday program at Great Vow, Mushin's transmission was publicly celebrated and she gave a talk and fielded questions.

 

 

Peace Pole
Peace Pole
July 29

DeAnne Seiryu Lightfoot of Longview and frequently found at Great Vow created this beautiful Peace Pole for Heart of Wisdom with the theme of the Four Immeasureables depicted on each side of the post...compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity.  David Ridenour, Boyang and Nan expertly installed the pole next to our rain garden.  Please enjoy this addition to our gardens.

Five Precept Ceremony
Five Precept Ceremony
April 8

Mitch, Gael and Stan received the Five Precept on Thursday April 4,2013 in a very moving ceremony. These three stood before the Sangha to take the 5 Precepts as Hogen presented wegasas and reminded us all about importances of the 5 precepts, how they are a foundational part of our practice, and how their meanings unfold as we continue to practice.

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