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Zen Community of Oregon Teacher's Response to the Recent Injustices in America

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you recognize that your liberation and mine are bound up together, we can walk together.” – Lila Watson


Update on the Financial Situation of Zen Community of Oregon

Greetings Sangha,

Our beloved dharma teacher, Fuho, recently asked, “How can we find refuge during this period, when it is inconceivable to see what lies before us?” And then he answered, “In the darkness, your light shines brighter.”


Acts of Love: Sewing Face Masks in Quarantine

Understanding the shortages at local health care centers, self-quarantined residents at Great Vow Monastery has begun joined the national movement to  sew simple face masks for distribution to The Amber Assisted Living community in Clatskanie, St John Medical Center in Longview, Local Community members available now at Hi School Pharmacy in Clatskanie and Sangha Members.


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