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Successful Work Practice
Successful Work Practice
February 13

Dear Sangha and Friends:

This Sunday was a very successful work practice day, filled with enthusiasm and energy.  We were able to clear out the zendo of all the old panelling and plaster.  We filled a drop box with more than a ton of material along with lots of the old rug.  Wayne H. led the deconstruction of the stage while many others pulled thousands of nails out of the old wood and wall  studs.
Others helped to clean out the furnace room, haul a load to the Rebuild it Center, hang the door on the outside shed and begin the long task of removing the old linoleum.  The garden group had a great meeting with Jim who is a professional landscape architect and has a wonderful sketch of our green space of the future.
More than 20 people participated!  Thank you to everyone; your contributions are really helping to create our Hearth and Home.
Next Sangha Work Practice is set for Saturday Feb. 26, 2011from 9 am to 3 pm.  Please sign up. It's all part of the ZCO Work Practice google doc that we have used in the past. You can just go to your google docs or click here to find it.
If you want to work more or different days, there are one- or two-person jobs that could be done at other times. Please email me 
Gassho with smiles,
Garden Drawing
Garden Drawing
February 11

At the work party on February 11 a friend of a sangha member drew up this idea for a way to potentially landscape the garden at the Zen Temple.

Wall Demolition
Wall Demolition
February 11

On February 11 a work party began the process of demolishing the walls in what will eventually be the zendo.

See more images of the demolition.

New Roof
New Roof
January 25

On January 25 roofers from the local Clarkbuilt roofing company put a new roof on our Zen Temple. This photo was taken by a local and emailed to us.

Temple Blessing
Temple Blessing
January 1

On January 1, 2011 at 1pm Heart of Wisdom had an opening blessing ceremony for our new Zen Temple.

View more photos of this and other Heart of Wisdom events

Christmas Reflections
December 31

As we move closer to the Blessing of Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple I am reminded
of the many, many blessing of our practice and of our Sangha. And how these many
blessings come from very ancient beginnings and roots.

From our more modern roots I am struck by the thought that the people who in the
1890's planned and built this church (our new property at 6401 NE 10th, Portland, OR),
actually built this church for the many, many generations to come. They built this church
for us. They couldn't have guessed that in 2010 our Zen Buddhist group would purchase it and begin converting it into a Zen Buddhist Temple.

We too are planning and building for a future that none of use can possibly know today.
Who knows what this building will hold in the next 100 years. As we establish this temple, it is for those known and unknown; for those born and yet to be born. May we do this with the intention of peace and in a spirit of welcoming to all.

In Oct. when we viewed the Temple building, I heard Chozen say these simple words
which I wrote down on a scrap of paper.

This is a space of rest and wisdom. Please honor it.

This scrap of paper got lost in the myriads of papers, fliers and announcements that
I have. It ended up in our recycling bin. I borrowed that yellow recycling bin to move
leaves at our new Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. After emptying the bin a scrap of
paper dropped out and blew down the street. I ran after it, grabbed it, open the slip of
paper and I read..."This is a space of rest and wisdom. Please honor it."

Now on Christmas Day after a wonderful visit with family and friends I am reminded of
that simple and clear message. As we move and transition into our new home, may
we keep this message in our minds...this a space of rest and wisdom..... may we all
honor it.


Kodo Conover
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
Steering Committee, Chair

PS Much more information as to how you can get involved will soon be available.

Building Purchase
December 5
Dear Zen Community of Oregon Sangha and Friends: 
Sitting with “Not Knowing Mind”  throughout these past weeks as we negotiated the purchase of a building has not been easy. But we are now owners of the building and property at 6401 NE 10th Ave., Portland, Oregon!
Because of the generosity of our sangha and friends the very good news is that we were able to purchase the property outright for $205,000. 
The building, although declared sound by the building inspectors, needs quite a bit of work inside and out.  As   one member put it, “Zen Community of Oregon is now the happy owner of one ‘handyman’s special’ church.”
Phase One of Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple’s vision of a hearth, a bridge and an offering is complete.  We   now have a building where we can continue with this wonderful vision. 
Many people have contributed to this effort but today I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our Teachers, Chozen and Hogen, who have inspired us to practice both individually and as a community, to  welcome everyone into the Sangha, and work together to offer the Dharma to the larger community. 
With gratitude,
Kodo Conover
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
Steering Committee, Chair
Specific Property Criteria
October 1

1. Location relative to Sangha: Located in the area where primary sangha population resides (though obviously not all). A reasonable search area to be bordered (roughly) by the Willamette River, Broadway/Fremont, 65th/Tabor, Woodstock. 2. Safety: People who attend need to feel safe in the neighborhood. 3. Zoning: Any property has to have the correct zoning for our purposes. Focus on churches. Cannot expect to get zoning changed after purchase. 4. Building code: If a building changes its previously designated use, then it may require prohibitively expensive updating to meet codes for the new use. 5. Size: PDC is ~ 4,500 sf. To accommodate projected growth, we will need to consider properties over 8,000 sf. 6. Parking. Any activity which regularly has many people coming to it must have approved parking areas, a function of the size of the building and the maximum number of people it is rated for. 7. Cost: A compromise between optimal location, zoning/code, size, state of repair, and terms of payment.

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