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Sunday Morning -- A Great Start
Sunday Morning -- A Great Start
March 10


Sunday Morning Sitting at Heart of Wisdom has been in the hearts and minds of this Sangha for more than five years and is now being realized!


Meditation starts at 10:00 followed by a Dharma talk and a short service.  This part is lead by Fuho and Jogen.  Gensho is providing the childcare for those four years and older.  Sorry, but at some age you will have to go to the zendo, unless you are a helper.


This Sunday morning program has gotten off on a great start.  Please feel free to attend and bring your friends and family to this a lively, energetic, welcoming, family oriented Heart of Wisdom offering.



New Sunday morning program begins March 3rd
February 19
Starting on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, Heart of Wisdom will offer a weekly Sunday morning program, with child care available:

10:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. - Zazen (meditation), dharma talk, and service
Led by Adam Jogen Salzberg and Larry Fuho Trussell
Tea, announcements, and fellowship after the service
9:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - Child care for children ages four years old and up
Led by Ed Gensho Welsh

The Temple will be open from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend!
Great Compassion
Great Compassion
February 4

Mitch Lang, sculpture, artist, ZCO member, retired social worker, father, grandfather.....donated ths beautiful wood scupture to Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.  You can see this fine piece in the Jizo Library.

Sanskrit #4

Maple Burl, Walnut, Sapele, Quilted Maple, Ebony. Ebonized wood base. 34" high.


In the center of the sculpture is HRIH, the Sanskrit seed syllable of Great Compassion. HRIH is the seed syllable of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, whose name means "Regarder of the World's Cries".


Gift to the Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, Portland OR.


Many thanks, Mitch.

Message from Kojun
Message from Kojun
January 29

Dear Sangha,

It is time for me to leave the area for awhile.  I'm doing this so that I might possibly become the kind of teacher I would like to be -- one who is aware of the world outside of the monastery, one who is not dependent on or fooled by their role and status, and, perhaps most importantly, one who follows their own heart with courage, as we all must.  Please learn more by watching one or both of the talks hosted recently at Great Vow and Heart of Wisdom, and feel free to ask any further questions that come up for you by contacting me directly.

Yours in the Dharma,
Dana Kojun Hull

--Click here to find links to Kojun's talks --

New Years Eve Celebration
New Years Eve Celebration
January 2

On December 31, 2012 Heart of Wisdom held a New Years Eve celebration. The evening included a vegetarian pot-luck, sacred circle dancing, a ceremony using fire to let go of unskillful habits from the past, a refuge ceremony, an airing of the sutras ceremony, zazen through the new year, and finally the Zen Priests served everyone sparkling cider.


Circle DancingCircle Dancing


Fire CeremonyFire Ceremony



Airing the SutrasAiring the Sutras


Serving TeaServing Tea

Memorial for Recent Shootings
Memorial for Recent Shootings
December 22

On December 20, the Heart of Wisdom sangha came together for Dharma teachings, community and individual expression, and a memorial service for the recent tragedies at Clackamas Town Center and Sandy Hook School along with other deaths throughout the world. Zen Priest Ryushin dedicated the service with a heartfelt poem.

On Friday morning Zen Priest Daitetsu lead us in ringing the Temple Bell at 9:30 am (along with the rest of the country) as we read the names of all who died at the Sandy Hook incident.

These two services helped provide for community expression and connection during this difficult time.

Chinese Monk Visits HoW
Chinese Monk Visits HoW
December 22

Earlier in December Chinese Monk Yi Hui Shin visited Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple and shared a Dharma talk with our sangha.  He has been visiting and teaching in the US mostly with Chinese Buddhist groups.  He has also spoken at Great Vow Zen Monastery.

It was very interesting to watch and listen as he spoke, the interpreter translated into English then Hogen rephrazed things so that we could more clearly understand the larger ideas.

At the end of the service the Ven. Yi Hui Shin handed out gifts of malas to the community.

Ven. Pannavati's Surprise Visit
Ven. Pannavati's Surprise Visit
November 19


We were mysteriously graced by the presence of the Venerable Pannavati Sunday night November 11th.  She had come all the way from Embracing Simplicity Hermitage in North Carolina.  Nobody, not even the Venerable herself, was quite sure how she came to know about our Temple, or arranged to give a talk as she was passing through the West coast.  But even with such with short notice, her talk was very well-attended.  It was delightful to see so many practitioners from other communities in attendance, many seeing our Temple for the first time.  
The Venerable is raising awareness and funding for My Place, a residential facility and gluten-free bakery providing services and job training for homeless youth.  She spoke about how this mission came to be.  She went into Hendersonville, NC with an idea of founding a monastery.  She has strong karmic ties to this place:  She had been there before; visiting family as a teenager from Washington DC before the Civil Rights Movement, and had a terrible experience with the KKK there.  Her life brought her back to North Carolina, and there, she ended up responding to what arose in front of her:  A desperate need for homeless youth to receive support and job training.
Her talk was inspirational.  So much so that at least one person in attendance (who happened to have grown up in Hendersonville) decided to go back and practice with her and support her mission.  
We are grateful for the opportunity to hear the Venerable teach the BuddhaDharma, and grateful to see it in action.   
Laura Jomon Martin
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