You can join us in our Dirt Zendo (our physical space) or Cloud Zendo (Zoom). For those attending the Dirt Zendo, we strongly encourage (not require) up-to-date COVID vaccinations and boosters. Masks are optional but we support your choice to wear one.
Our Dirt Zendo can comfortably accommodate 37 people, and we always have plenty of cushions, benches, and chairs available for sitting. (Since COVID our numbers in the Dirt Zendo generally peak around 12-15.) We also have a foyer for coats, two bathrooms, and a room for sanzen (one-on-one meeting with the teacher). The Zendo is right next to the Johnson Creek wetland, and there is a nice walking path through the wetland right across the parking lot from us. Click here for a photo tour of the Zendo surroundings.
Building Description & Directions:
Bright Way Zen Center is at 12020 SW Barnes Road, Portland OR 97225, more or less at the intersection of Barnes Rd and NW 118th Ave/W Stark St. We are kitty-corner from Market of Choice, a big grocery store that will be the most obvious landmark. We are a little ways down a hill, toward the wetland, so we can be easy to miss if you are approaching from the east. Click here for a google map
“West Stark Street” is really just a dead end with a gravel road leading off to your right, and our driveway leading down to your left. Once you turn off Barnes Rd on to W Stark St, turn left down our driveway. If the parking lot is full, turn right and park on the north side of the gravel road. We share our building with Badger Tree Service.
View of “West Stark Street” – Turn left down the driveway to get to Zendo.
Detailed Directions in to supplement GPS:
- From the EAST on Hwy 26: From Hwy 26, take the Cedar Hills Blvd exit (#68). Turn right onto SW Cedar Hills Blvd, go one block, and then use left two lanes to turn left onto NW Barnes Rd. Follow Barnes 0.5 miles to NW 118th/W Stark St (Market of Choice will be in front of you on your right). Turn left at the light (W Stark St/dead-end), then make an immediate left down the driveway to the building.
- From the WEST on Hwy 26: From Hwy 26, take the Cedar Hills Blvd exit (#68). Turn left onto Cedar Hills Blvd, go 0.2 miles and use left two lanes to turn left onto NW Barnes Rd. Follow Barnes 0.5 miles to NW 118th/W Stark St (Market of Choice will be in front of you on your right). Turn left at the light (W Stark St/dead-end), then make an immediate left down the driveway to the building.
- From the west on Barnes Road: Keep an eye out for Market of Choice. At the intersection in front of Market of Choice/Timberland Shopping Center (NW 118th/W Stark St), turn right (W Stark St/a dirt road and dead-end), then make an immediate left down the driveway to the building.
Parking: There are 17 parking spaces, and if needed you can park along the south side of the driveway (the side away from Barnes Road), or along the gravel road to your right as you turn off Barnes Road.
Once you arrive: just come in the front door, which can be accessed by stairs but also by a sidewalk that leads directly from the parking lot if you have any physical challenges. There will be a foyer where you can leave your coat, and we meet in the first room you come to. Leave your shoes in the hall. If you have any valuables, you can store them in one of the lockers in the first room to your right (keep the locker key with you while you’re here). Hope to see you!
Zazen in Our Zendo
Hallway Outside Zendo
Looking South from Front Steps
Looking East from Front Steps
Driveway down to Zendo Building
Zendo Building Viewed from Wetland
Looking Across Barnes Road
Bright Way Zen’s Dirt Zendo is located in Washington County Oregon.
Washington County Land Acknowledgment
(as prepared by representatives of Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Nez Perce, Siletz, and Yavapai)
We want to acknowledge the people on whose land we live—the Atfalati-Kalapuyans also known as the Tualatin Band of Kalapuyans—the first inhabitants of Washington County. We are grateful for the land we are on, Kalapuyan land.
Signers of the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 were removed from their homelands to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. Today their descendants are tribal members of Grand Ronde and Siletz tribes, carrying on the traditions and cultures of their ancestors.
We acknowledge and express gratitude for the ancestors of this place and recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their continuation in our community. Please reflect on the role government has played in the painful, colonial history and reflect as well on the resilience and healing of the Indigenous land and communities.
We would like to invite everyone to collaborate and work together with the tribes to take care of the land and water and the people who inhabit these spaces.