Great Vow is open for  in-person attendance for residential retreats, for fully vaccinated guests. Testing required for retreats. Sunday public program is open at this time. Please RSVP ( and take covid rapid test directly before driving to the monastery. 

Please read more about our Covid policy.

Reservations for in-person participation in retreats and workshops are open. Please check out the calendar for the weekly schedule and to plan your next retreat!

Great Vow Zen Monastery

A residential Zen community of lay and ordained people practicing and evolving spiritual community in response to our times. Grounded in our lineage inheritance, with an eye open to perspectives and methods that serve our vow for Awakening, we aspire to create and uphold a dynamic and connected community and practice life. 

We are accepting applications for residency. Email the director of training, for an application.

The Zen Community of Oregon welcomes everyone. We study together and practice for the benefit of all beings and this living earth. We recognize the suffering caused by biases, prejudices, systems of power, privilege, and oppression based on race, sex, class, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. We aspire to do no harm and to dismantle barriers that cause separation and suffering, recognizing that our liberation is interconnected with the liberation of all.

Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

Located in northeast Portland, Heart of Wisdom is a sanctuary of serenity and community where a spectrum of Buddhist teachings are offered ranging from daily meditation to social action initiatives.