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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.


Daily zazen and free instruction in how meditate geared to beginners is offered. People of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to find a comfortable way to meditate using a chair, a bench, or cushion. Individual and group practice support is available. Also offered are quarterly day-long silent retreats, called zazenkai, and every full moon the temple is open for Loving Kindness meditation. There is never a charge for meditation so these offerings are supported by donation.

Workshops and classes are also offered, connecting spiritual practice and daily life with topics on relationships, communication, money, work, mindful eating, and the arts.

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.
Zazen and chanting service
Led By: Dharma Holder Gensho Welsh
Mondays 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Zazen 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 (Post-poned until August)
7:30 to 9:30 p.m
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