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It's Summer at Great Vow: Discovering Practice, Embodying the Way

Its Summer at Great Vow
17 new residents
Bursting, bright, blushing, bold
Unprecedented Exuberance for Enlightenment
Every breath a Newness
Thank goodness
The peak of Jizo Mountain is Broad
Supporting all beings
with the heart to practice.

The Search


Lying Down in the Garden: The Passion and Presence of Gardening By Haley Myoyu Voekel

When you lie down in the garden, the dirt will cover your hair and your clothes. It will get into your pockets, onto your scalp, and smear across your shin. It will, if you lie there long enough, change your body into itself. It will swallow you whole.


Engaged Buddhism: Caring for our Natural World


Seed to Supper in Clatskanie

Seed to Supper is a statewide garden education program developed by the OSU Master Garden Program as an initiative to teach more people in lower income areas to grow their own food. Partnering with the Oregon Food Bank there has been much success in Portland and neighboring suburban areas.


An All Inclusive Heart - Dissolving the Walls of Oppression

Let me respectfully remind you.
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to Awaken.
Awaken. Take heed. Do not squander your life.

"When did you first realize that you were going to die? How old were you?" Chozen Roshi asks during a Sunday Dharma Talk.

4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 25, 60, still awakening to this reality.