Terms & Conditions

(Updated August 20, 2021)

Zen Community Oregon Covid Policy, Terms and Conditions

ZCO is pausing in-person events immediately due to Covid-delta surge in Oregon. Please join us online.

For the time being:
• All Heart of Wisdom in-person meditation is online-only.
• Great Vow Sunday Public Program is online-only.

How do I practice with the community?
Heart of Wisdom meditation on Tuesday and Sunday will now be online-only via Zoom. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday have not changed, and are still online. All can be found on the calendar page.
The Great Vow Sunday morning program is now online-only via Zoom. Please join via Zoom or YouTube. Details here.
Hearthstone groups provide a place to connect, listen, learn, share your practice and support others in their practice. Groups begin online in September. Interested? Fill out this brief questionnaire.
What about retreats?

Due to the surge of infections in Oregon from the Covid-delta variant, we are going to pause in-person overnight retreats at Great Vow for September. Instead, we will hold these September retreats on Zoom.  You are invited to join the monastery community for these retreats online as we have for the past year and a half.

If you have signed up to attend a September retreat in-person, we are happy to apply your registration fee to a future retreat or provide a full refund. Retreats in October and beyond are still planned for in-person participation, however subject to change depending on how things unfold. Please contact registrar@zendust.org for details.

Why are we doing this?

Much about the Covid-delta variant is unknown, however some early studies show that it is more transmissible with higher viral loads. While vaccines are very effective, between Aug 1-14 in Oregon 14.4% of infections were breakthrough infections of vaccinated people. We continue to prioritize the health of the monastery’s residential community, other retreatants, as well as the health of people who attend the temple and the wider community. In Oregon, the surge of infections is the worst than at any point of the pandemic. Hospitals are running out of beds and health care workers are overwhelmed by the need. 

This is the time for our practice.

Life itself teaches us to stay in Don’t-Know Mind. In the Buddha-dharma, the Paramitas, “the perfections” of the heart and mind include patience, determination, and equanimity – qualities revealed and cultivated in our practice. Now is a time for practicing with Sangha, coming together with friends on the Path and practicing in community.

(August 4)

Testing now required for retreat attendance at Great Vow (see below)

Great Vow Zen Monastery is a residential spiritual community whose purpose is to provide Dharma practice in the form of meditation retreats and weekly events open to the general public. Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple provides daily meditation as well as day-long retreats.

 We are following the guidelines for the state of Oregon.

Proof of vaccination is required for attendance at sesshin or other retreats.

Proof of vaccination is required for monastery residency.

Please bring your vaccination card to attend a ZCO event in person.

Heart of Wisdom: masks are required for all indoor events.

Great Vow Zen Monastery: mask are requirements for Sunday morning program. For retreats, a negative Covid test is required within 3 days of your arrival (please keep reading).

     (August 4 – NEW) In response to the sudden rise of the Delta variant we require that all retreat guests take a COVID test prior to coming to the monastery (in addition to being fully vaccinated). Specifically we are asking for a molecular test (NAAT, PCR, etc.), not an antigen test. The molecular tests are significantly more accurate than the antigen tests. The rapid molecular test “ID NOW” is less accurate than the lab tests, but is acceptable.

      It may take a day or two to receive your results so we recommend you schedule your test for Tues or Wed before your arrival.

Testing Locations
        You can be tested for free at: CVS (Click Here)
 or at 
Walgreens (Click Here)
Other locations with various costs can be found through the Oregon Health Authority or Washington State Department of Health,

         For our part we have asked all residents to limit public excursions to short trips to the grocery store and to wear a mask when doing so (all residents are also fully vaccinated).
The shared dorms and general communal nature of the monastery makes it infeasible to wear masks together while on retreat. We are taking these steps not only for the benefit of the residents of the monastery but also for the health of our community(s) as a whole.
To that end, if you live with someone who is unvaccinated or if you are concerned at all about attending and choose to cancel we will provide you with a full refund.
Thank you,

Great Vow Zen Monastery

From the State of Oregon:

“All businesses, employers and faith institutions are required to:
 •    Continue to apply and enforce the mask, face covering and face shield guidance, and physical distancing requirements in state COVID-19 guidance to all individuals unless a business,  employer or faith institution:        
• Has a policy for checking for proof of vaccination status of individuals; and 

• Requests proof of vaccination status from each individual; and

• Reviews   each individual’s proof of vaccination prior to entry or admission. 

A business,  employer or faith institution that has a policy for requesting and checking for proof of vaccination and requests and reviews proof of vaccination may permit fully vaccinated individuals with proof of vaccination to go without a mask, face covering or face shield, and does not need to enforce physical distancing requirements for such individuals.”


• Meals will be provided buffet style or oryoki depending on the retreat.


• Lodging is dormitory style.


We are continuing to offer our programming via Zoom and YouTube. We believe that it is a bodhisattva activity to provide retreats online and your sitting in the zendo supports the practice of people who cannot participate in person due to disability, age, distance, or life circumstance. By coming to an event you are agreeing to be in a room with a camera to allow for people to participate remotely so your image may be seen in the group. Talks by the teachers are recorded.


ZCO/Great Vow/Heart of Wisdom reserves the right to cancel reservations for events due to the pandemic in the case of changing CDC, federal, state, and local guidelines, or the health of the residential community and our teachers. In this case participants will receive a full refund.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, persistent cough, or “feel like you are coming down with something,” please do not come. You will also receive a full refund.


Cancellations less than 48 hours in advance will receive a refund or credit for a future retreat, less $50.

(June 9, 2021)