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Engaged Buddhism: Living the Dharma into the World

The practice of Zen is a recognition of our inter-connection with all that lives. Touched by the suffering in the world, we feel this suffering, and our hearts are called to do something. Engaged Buddhism is about bringing our practice into Social Justice, and bringing Social Justice into our practice. Living a seamless life, connected to everyone and everything.

The Engaged Buddhism group meets the Second Wednesday of the month, from 7pm - 8:30pm, at Heart of Wisdom in Portland.

Upcoming events of interest can be found below:

ZCO Annual Contribution to the School Backpack Food Program

We are collecting food and money for the School Backpack Food Program at the four elementary schools that surround our neighborhood:  King, Rigler, Scott and Woodlawn. Collecting ends January 2nd, 2019 so please bring your food or money contributions to Heart of Wisdom before the 2nd.  Checks can be made out to Portland Backpack.  In the past many people put off contributing to the last minute and missed the closing date,  We move all the contribution to another location the morning of January 3rd where a packing day is held on MLK’s Birthday.

The foods to be donated are detailed on the small sheets of paper on the small table.  Foods that are not of the sort listed will be sent to the Food Bank instead of the children.  The children will actually be carrying these backpacks home and the weight and quality must fit them.

Many thanks for your help,
Nan Kyoko


IMIrJ  Interfaith Movement For Immigrant Justice
Last Thursday Witness:  IMIrJ I.C.E Vigil

Thursday December 27, 2018
10:00AM- 11:00AN
Portland ICE Building/Headquarters
4310 SW Macadam Ave., Portland

All are welcome to gather in Vigil as we express our support and love for families affected by ICE detentions in Oregon.  Join this monthly gathering to lift up the Reality of what happens every day at the Portland ICE facility and participate in various interfaith expressions and ritual in solidarity.
Carpooling encouraged as parking is very limited.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Vigil to Abolish ICE
Saturday, December 29, 4:00-5:00PM
Portland ICE Building
4310 SW Macadam Ave, Portland

Mindful Walk of Compassion
Portland ICE Building
Every second Thursday


Womens March & Rally for Action
Sunday January 20, 12:00-3:00 PM
PSU Park Blocks

See Women’s March on Portland facebook page for more information and to read the Women’s March unity principles.


Women’s March & Rally Film Night
Friday, January 4, 2019, doors open 6:30, film at 7:00 PM
Clinton Street Theater
The organizers expect this event to sell out.  To buy tickets: $10.00 at:

In addition to the main documentary STANDING ON MY SISTERS' SHOULDERS, which presents original interviews with many of the Civil Rights movement’s most remarkable women, the night will include a montage video from the March in 2017 and a short educational program after the film. More info TBA.


Waking Up to Whiteness: Using Dharma to Dismantle Oppression

Sunday January 6, 2019 3:30-5:30 is the orientation meeting.  The facilitators will explain the history & development of White Awake by Buddhist communities, how  Waking Up to Whiteness fits into ZCO’s commitment to anti-racism Engaged Buddhism, how the process works and how the small groups are formed. 

The next six meetings are for those who can commit to attendance and completion.  The meetings will be held Sunday 3:30-5:30 PM  Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, Apr 28, May 19, June 23.

White Awake is an open-source curriculum designed to combat white supremacy by focusing on educational resources and spiritual practices to support white people’s engagement in the creation of a just and sustainable society.

White Awake is structured as an “affinity group” for white people to explore the elements that have contributed to this often unconscious identity.  We explore in this way with an understanding that our own liberation/awakening is intimately bound to one another.  Affinity groups are one way to lay groundwork to enlarge our understanding and prepare us to build authentic relationships and alliances. 

Suggested reading prior to January 6 meeting.

Healing the Broken Body of Sangha
Who Invented White People?


Race Talks
Second Tuesday of the month
January 2019 program:  Travels Along the Civil Rights Trail
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland
Doors open 6:00PM, program 6:45-9:15PM


Honoring Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Film and Discussion, Film To be Announced
Saturday January 26, 7:00- 9:00pm, Heart of Wisdom


Portland Buddhist Festival in the Park
The Buddhist Festival in the Park, held every June for the past 15 years, is at a crossroads.  The person who has been keeping this alive throughout the years is wanting to step back from this role and let someone else take the reins ( but not without her continued support).  If you are interested in helping organize and coordinate the festival for 2019 and beyond contact Bud at

If you have an event you would like included in the ZCO Engaged Buddhism Opportunities email or want to communicate with the ZCO Engaged Buddhism planning committee write to Nan Kyoko Whitaker-Emrich at or Linda Chorin Vick at