About Heart of Wisdom

Purpose & History

Our purpose is to offer a Zen Temple as a vibrant home in Portland for the Zen Community of Oregon and the larger community. We envision this temple as a place of stillness in a busy urban environment. In this temple we intend to; practice Zen Buddhism, offer Buddhist teachings, and embody the qualities of unflagging optimism, compassion and courage. Our specific vision for this temple is for a hearth, a bridge, and an offering.    Read more



Our Teachers

Jan Chozen Bays Roshi and Zen Teacher Hogen Bays are the spiritual leaders of ZCO, and the co-abbots of Great Vow Zen Monastery. We also have Zen Priests, Dharma Holders and Community Zen Leaders who teach. Read more about our teachers




The Practice of Zazen

Zazen, or seated meditation, is our central practice. Zazen is the practice of being present with life, right here, right now.

Read more about our Zazen Practice Schedule and Introduction to Meditation classes 



Participating with Heart of Wisdom

There are many ways to participate with Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. The foremost is to join us in the practice of zazen. Other ways of participating are by taking on a training position and/or helping repair and restore our new property.    Read more



About Jizo

Jizo Bodhisattva is an important character and influence at Great Vow, the monastic arm of Zen Community of Oregon.