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Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting
April 14

On April 1 the Zen Community of Oregon held it's Annual Meeting at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.

The meeting included presentations by leaders of the community, and a chanting ceremony using three large malas.

Mala chanting ceremonyMala chanting ceremony

Our board presidentOur board president


Four honored Sangha membersFour honored Sangha members

Jukai Ceremony
Jukai Ceremony
March 25

On March 25, three sangha members received Jukai. Bruce from Vancouver Canada received the Dharma name Shotoku. Danney, a resident of Great Vow, received the name Soten, and Brad, also a resident, received the name Shoki.

2012 March Jukai recipients2012 March Jukai recipients

Shotoku receiving his rokusuShotoku receiving his rokusu

Soten receiving his rokusuSoten receiving his rokusu


Shoki receiving his rokusuShoki receiving his rokusu

Sign makeover
Sign makeover
March 3

Next time you come to Great Vow you'll notice the new color of our sign. The two entrance signs now match, and the new sign is much more visible.

Thanks to Sojin for his painting skills!

Kaz Tanahashi
Kaz Tanahashi
January 27

On January 20 - 22 we were happy to host Kaz Tanahashi at Great Vow. Kaz led a calligraphy retreat, and on Saturday gave a calligraphy performance (photos from the performance appear on this page). The calligraphy performance was themed on Kaz's teaching of the Ten Laws on the Art of Joyful Living, which are offered below.



Ten Laws on the Art of Joyful Living

1.  Your happiness is more important than anything else.
2.  The happier you are, the more you can help others.
3.  Smiling makes you happy.
4.  The more relaxed you are, the happier you are.
5.  A moment of meditation can help you refresh yourself.
6.  The lower your expectations are, the happier you are.
7.  Happiness attracts happiness.
8.  The ultimate healing is to live joyfully at each moment.
9.  The more fully you face your own death, the more joyous you become.
10. You can always improve your art of joyful living.

12 Hr. Chant for Peace
12 Hr. Chant for Peace
January 16

The Third Annual 12 Hr. Chant for Peace at Heart of Wisdom.  People from many faith traditions shared chants of Peace.  More than 100 people participated in chanting, walking, and dancing.

Senryu, Rinsan and David lead HoW chantSenryu, Rinsan and David lead HoW chant    


Dancing for PeaceDancing for Peace


Walking and chantingWalking and chanting

Jogen's Shuso Hossen
Jogen's Shuso Hossen
December 30

On December 11 Jogen Salzberg completed his year as Shuso in a Shuso Hossen ceremony. During the ceremony Jogen gave a talk on Case 18 of the Blue Cliff Record, "The National Teacher's Seamless Monument". He then answered questions from the community about the case, and his experiences during his year as Shuso.

As with each Shuso who graduates, a pine tree will be planted on the monastery grounds in recognition of Jogen's efforts and sincere practice.


Precepts Ceremony
Precepts Ceremony
September 7

On Sunday, September 4th a joint 5-Precepts and Jukai ceremony was held at Great Vow Zen Monastery. 

Five people took the five precepts and received a wagessa. Three people took Jukai and received a lineage chart showing their place in our lineage, as well as a rokusu (small representation of the Buddha's robe) and a new Dharma name.

Pictured above, in front of the table, from left to right:

Monica - Jikin    -     Betty - Reiyu     -       Amy - Kisei


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")

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