Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple

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 community, compassion, and wisdom.

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. (Story here) It is a warm and inviting place, one you are welcome to come and enjoy.

Free meditation instruction is available at every in-person sitting time.

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 at how@zendust.org

Heart of Wisdom is open for in-person meditation. Masks are optional (with some exceptions). For more information read our Covid policy.

Meditation In Community

Apps and YouTube may get you started, but since ancient times people have walked the path of awakening in community. You're invited to come to the meditation hall and feel the quiet power of silently sitting together. Want to learn to meditate? Instruction is available at every in-person sitting period.

Engaged Buddhism

Heart of Wisdom is an active Sangha that is engaged in working to alleviate human suffering in the world. We are committed to being of service in our local community and are involved in the on-going process of un-doing systems of oppression, working on climate change, and addressing child hunger in our neighborhood.

Zazenkai: A Day of Zen Practice

A Zazenkai is a seasonal day of Zen practice in the city. Join us for a day of meditation, chanting, work practice, and a dharma talk. We close the day with a ceremony to renew our intention to live an ethical life. Check the events calendar for zazenkai dates.

Meet with a Zen Teacher

Heart of Wisdom offers many ways to get support for your practice. Meeting with a teacher can be informal over tea or group discussions.

One-on-one private meeting with a teacher, called sanzen, is also available during some sits.