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Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

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.

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 the qualities of unflagging optimism, self-discipline, compassion, and wisdom.

Meditation Schedule

Beginners are welcome! You don't have to be a Buddhist to practice meditation. Everyone is invited to attend.

Weekday Mornings  6 to 7 a.m.
Meditation and chanting service
Led By: Dharma Holder Gensho Welsh
Mondays 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Meditation and group discussion
Led By: Dharma Teacher Nancy Kodo Conover
Temple opens at 5 p.m. Zendo, Library and Community Room are available for community use.
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m
Guided meditations, teachings and group discussion
Led By: Jogen Sensei


Thursdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Zazen and Dharma talk by one of the teachers or senior students

Sunday mornings 10 to 11:45 a.m.
Zazen and Dharma talk
Led By: Larry Fuho Trussel
Sunday evenings 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Zazen and sanzen (one-on-one member interviews with a teacher, or interviews with a dharma holder)
Dharma Drop-In 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. 
Led By: Laura Jomon Martin

Free beginner meditation instruction is available at every event 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.

Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
6401 NE 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211