Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

Purpose and Vision

The purpose of Heart of Wisdom is to provide a refuge of stillness and peace in a busy urban environment, to practice and share Buddhist teachings, and to cultivate community, compassion, and wisdom.

Zen Community of Oregon founded Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in 2011 with the purchase of the beautiful old church it inhabits in Northeast Portland. Many hours of loving volunteer labor have gone into the renovation. It is a warm and inviting place, one you are welcome to come and enjoy.

Free meditation instruction is available at every sitting time except weekday mornings.

When coming to meditate please wear comfortable, loose clothing that will not be distracting to others. Please do not wear shorts, tank tops, beeping watches, or strong perfume.

Meditation can be done in any comfortable, upright posture. Cushions, benches, and chairs are provided.

If you have questions, email the Temple Manager at Kodo.conover at gmail.com.

Meditation Schedule

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Heart of Wisdom is currently closed for in-person programming. Please visit the calendar for all our online offerings.

Beyond the Sound

Happening on the last Friday of the month from 7pm to 8:30 pm , Beyond the Sound is an evening of listening meditation carried by live-blended soundscapes designed to enhance and enchant Awareness. The gathering begins with some teachings on sound as a meditation method and then we launch into a musical mix about an hour long.

Full Moon Metta

On evenings of the full moon, join the community from 7:30pm to 8:30pm to engage in Metta (Loving-kindness) meditation. Metta is an antidote to fear and anxiety, and a complement to the cool clarity of wisdom. The evening includes guided loving-kindness meditation, walking meditation, and silent sitting. We finish the evening by chanting the Metta Sutta, which are the Buddha's instructions on Loving-kindness. Newcomers are especially welcome. Loving-kindness meditation is a wonderful way to begin a meditation practice.

Zazenkai: A Day of Zen Practice

A Zazenkai is a seasonal day of Zen practice in the city. Join us for a day of meditation, chanting, work practice, and a dharma talk. We close the day with a ceremony to renew our intention to live an ethical life. Check the events calendar for zazenkai dates.

Engaged Buddhism

Heart of Wisdom is an active Sangha that is engaged in working to alleviate human suffering in the world. We are committed to being of service in our local community and are involved in the on-going process of un-doing systems of oppression. 

Opportunities to get involved in volunteer opportunities and to serve the Sangha and greater community are always available.

News & Recent Teachings