Our Sangha is commited to opening and living from an undefended heart for the benefit of all beings. Engaged Buddhists meet regularly to discuss on-going actions for Social Justice in our Community and our World.
1) We will seek to embody interdependence and to promote the Bodhisattva Vow of mutual liberation of all beings.
2) We will provide a means within the Zen Community of Oregon to increase awareness of, and respond to suffering -- including but not limited to, race, sex, class, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, political affiliation, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression---through the lens of the Dharma.
3) We will take action informed by the Dharma, and by our own deep personal practice.
4) We will encourage white Sangha members to be responsible for increasing their own awareness of systems of oppression, making the ongoing work of understanding an integral part of Sangha life, rather than relying on People of Color for this work. We regard this work as an imperative in our practice. This requires the investigation of suffering, and clarifies our response to suffering.
5) We will recommend responses and actions to the leadership and Sangha of the Zen Community of Oregon
6) We will treat one another with words and actions humbly grounded in the precepts. We will speak from our own experience. We will be generous with one another, always giving the benefit of the doubt. We will hold confidences, and hold one another with compassion and loving kindness.
7) We will focus our efforts on collaborating locally, especially within our neighborhood, and align ourselves with other spiritual and religious communities for the benefit of all.
This site contains many useful resources for social justice education and original documents regarding social justice topics published by the white plum sangha social justice committee including a letter on Standing Rock.
If you would like to know more about Engaged Buddhism at the Zen Community of Oregon, email Nan Kyoko Whitaker-Emrich or sign up for the google group by emailing
Kodo Conover and she will put you on the list.
List of Current Actions
ZCO participants are invited to attend the events and meetings listed below that focus on several of the social justice concerns relevant in our community today. If you attend an event please come to the next Engaged Buddhism meeting Monday, May 1, 7:00 pm at Heart of Wisdom and share your experience to help inform the ZCO community about these issues. If you know of an event the ZCO community may be interested in send me the information and I will include it in the next Engaged Buddhism email notification.
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice imirj.org
Community meeting second Tuesday of every month 6:30-8:30 PM. Next meeting April 11, 2017.
St Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
1704 NE 43rd Ave.
Tax March taxmarchpdx.org
Terry Shrunk Park 1:00-4:00 PM
March for Science (Earth Day) sciencemarchpdx.com
Saturday 4/22/17, 10:00-2:00 PM
Rally 10:00 AM under the Morrison bridge, march 11:00, science booths and music
People’s Climate March PDX
Saturday April 29, 2017
location, time and route still to be decided
google People’s Climate March PDX
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon emoregon.org
Fierce Love: Interrupting Hate in Private and Public Spaces
Monday, April 24, 2017, 9:00 AM -1:00 PM
2538 NE Broadway, Suite A
Race Talks- Opportunities for Dialogue racetalkspdx.com
Second Tuesday of every month, McMenamins Kennedy School Gym
5736 NE 33rd Ave.
Doors open 6:30 PM, event start 7:00 PM
Next event Tuesday April 11, About Refugee and Immigration Policy Update
Race Talks 2
First Tuesday of every month, Jefferson High School Cafeteria
5210 N Kerby Ave., Portland
Oregon League of Conservation Voters olcv.org
audubonportland.org (take action)