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Deep Cleaning Practice by Great Vow Resident Dobiesław Pałeczka

If you are looking for motivation on how to use your time at home in the most productive way, we have a few tricks for you. I'm currently at Great Vow Zen Monastery locked down like many other people around the world. In Zen, we try to see every situation as an opportunity and make it our practice in order to fully benefit from it. Being in quarantine requires keeping your space as clean as possible but you finally have enough time to do it.


All Events At Great Vow Zen Monastery and Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple Are Postponed

The Zen Community of Oregon, Great Vow Zen Monastery and Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple are continuing to hold you in our hearts as the news of the spread of COVID-19 continues to circulate. As many of you are aware the number of confirmed cases in the United States continues to grow (including in the state of Oregon), in response many colleges, universities, schools, professional athletic institutions, churches and Zen centers are postponing and cancelling public events.


Yay! Whoopie Buddha! Inquiry and The Resilient Heart

The Resilient Heart Workshop is an integration of three important aspects of spiritual practice: intention, meditation and inquiry. The Inquiry method we were engaged in during this retreat was Byron Katie’s The Work. Hogen, Roshi introduced the Work of Byron Katie to the Zen Community of Oregon after reading her commentary on the Diamond Sutra called A Mind at Home with Itself.

The Work helps me re-commit to humanity. -Shokan Harrison Martin


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in ZCO

We may think that oneness should exclude marks of diversity like race, gender, and sexuality, yet oneness is inclusive of everything in our lives… Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors approved the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Proposal made by the Engaged Buddhism Committee at this past Board meeting on September 8, 2019.


Gen X Teachers Gathering at Great Vow

On an unusually hot day for the Pacific Northwest, some 40 Buddhist teachers converged on Clatskanie, Oregon, to attend the 2019 GenX Buddhist Teachers’ Sangha Gathering (GBTS).

The June 12-to-16 gathering of GenX Buddhist leaders from North America and beyond was hosted by Great Vow Zen Monastery.


Remember to Remember: Identity, Privilege and Waking Up

Remember to Remember - Michelle Johnson

I am participating in a weekend workshop in Portland, called Skill in Action - a workshop tasked with dismantling oppression in our meditation communities and teachings.

Remember to remember, Michelle says. And something in her tone, cracks open a well in my heart. She is not just speaking to me. She is speaking to the collective. The truth in each one of us and the integrity we have to live this truth. This work isn’t easy, but we must do it.


Seeing Through the Eyes Of...Dismantling Separation

Blustery cool winds and rain, punctuated with an afternoon of clear blue sky, sunlight on the rise, as frost graces morning car windows, fresh grasses and pregnant daphne buds in waiting. Like it or not, our lives are a continuous movement between seeming opposites. At times we can feel pulled around by these forces - as a clear blue sky is at once overcome with a forceful rainstorm. We want predictability, stability, understanding — or we want flexibility, spontaneity, compassion.


Why I Became a Monk: Reflections & Aspirations shared at Soten & Kisei's Full Priest Ceremony

How great the robe of liberation, a formless field of benefaction.
I wear the Buddha’s teaching; freeing all beings.