Dharma Rain Blog

Practice at Work

Jody Shintai Dungay
Jody Shintai Dungay
Many of us spend the majority of our day in our workplace. How can we deepen our practice in the midst of distraction, busy days and competing demands for our time? How do we integrate the effort that we make in our meditation practice with the effort we make at work? Shintai will offer some simple and effective practices for expressing our deepest spiritual intentions during our regular, everyday lives at work.

Join us this Sunday, September 25, for zazen, sanzen and Shintai’s Dharma Talk. Shintai and Jyoshin offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen)
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:10 Zazen
9:40 Two Ancestors Memorial
10:10 Break/Announcements
10:30 Practice at Work

Sunday Lunch

We continue to offer Sunday lunch to all. Feel free to hang around after the Sunday Dharma Talk for lunch at about 11:45am. You are welcome to bring something vegetarian, a side dish, snack or drink, or just yourself! As always, donations appreciated to offset costs.

Enjoy the company of sangha and the natural beauty of this property in a relaxed, informal setting.

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

p0921-katsuragemmon-900Gemmon continues to work on the Japanese-style formal garden. Wednesday’s sun lights up the Katsura tree.

p0921-fu-painting-900Fujaku painted the sign for the entrance to the property, which Hakugyu carved. Notice that Fujaku has nutritional reinforcement as part of his work.

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Wednesday’s work party also included adding bamboo to the planters that will eventually be in front of the residences. Kakumyo and his team worked on that.

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p0922-audobon-explanation-900Thursday we had a special event. The Audubon Society released a red-tailed hawk that they had rehabilitated, on to the property. The representative explained that the hawk could go anywhere once released, but that they were hoping it would land in a nearby tree to get its bearings before deciding where to go next. As if it heard him, it flew immediately to the tree and landed as hoped.

We continue to work on finishing details inside and outside the Sodo, as well as on landscaping and gardening tasks. Regular Wednesday work parties are a great way to spend time with sangha doing useful things on the property. There are plenty of tasks for everyone who shows up between 9:30am-3pm. We also have a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:30pm. If you are around for lunch time (12:30pm), you get lunch for free.

Member Spotlight

Thomas Bruner
Thomas Bruner
“Dharma Rain has been my spiritual home for 14 years. Discovering the dharma in this place, and having the rich and varied opportunities for study and practice, have meant the world to me. I love this temple and this sangha. I want it to be strong, healthy, vibrant and accessible for other way-seekers, like it was for me.”

Membership is the steady foundation that allows Dharma Rain Zen Center to function on a day-to-day basis, and to continue to offer many of our programs at low or no cost. If you find value in what we offer here, please consider becoming a member. Many levels of membership are available, and signup can be done online.

Zen Meditation, Part 4

Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
Zazen is widely recognized as our core practice, but a small percentage of available teaching minutes are allocated to how-to instruction. Why is that, how do we answer the questions we have about meditation, and what questions do we need to have about meditation? Come Sunday to find out.

Join us this Sunday, September 18, for zazen, sanzen and Kakumyo’s Dharma Talk. Kakumyo and Gyokuko offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen)
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:10 Zazen
9:40 Short Morning Service and Kyogen 2-year Memorial
10:10 Break/Announcements
10:30 Zen Meditation, Part 4

Sunday Lunch

As the weather turns cooler, we find that we have so enjoyed the lovely barbecue social time after morning services that we will continue to offer Sunday lunch to all. Feel free to hang around after the Sunday Dharma Talk for lunch at about 11:45am. You are welcome to bring something vegetarian, a side dish, snack or drink, or just yourself!

Enjoy the company of sangha and the natural beauty of this property in a relaxed, informal setting.

Talent Show a Huge Success

p0910-karenhoward-900About 60 people turned out to view the Not-Necessarily-Talented-Show on Saturday, September 10. The show didn’t live up to its name, as almost all of the acts displayed plenty of talent.

The first half was various acts by several people. Karen Howard performed two dances that were mesmerizing.

p0910-scarecrow-900The second half was the surprise production of The Wizard of Oz by the Tiny Mind Theatre, performed in 30 minutes. Several sangha members participated, amid much hilarity. Ko’in was the scarecrow, while Sekishin played Dorothy and Hoka brought the Wizard to life.

p0910-dorothy-toto-wiz-900The many set changes, costumes and props were as entertaining as the play itself. And then there was the program – creatively put together by our own Jiko, who is missing a bet if she doesn’t write fiction. Everyone got a nickname and a somewhat startling bio.

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After the play, Terry regaled us with dance music that got everyone up, as we began to clean up the confetti, straw, and other detritus from the play.

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

p0914-fujoel-barn-900Fujaku and Joel work on moving forward with the Barn (workshop). There are various administrative and planning tasks to do, but the plan is to have the building done this fall. Much of the volunteer work is moving ward the Barn. The Oregon Tradeswomen plan to come back later to continue work as well.

Hakugyu is working on carving the large sign for the entrance to the property. The letters will eventually be painted black.

p0904-hakugyu-carving-900We continue to work on finishing details inside and outside the Sodo, as well as on landscaping and gardening tasks. Regular Wednesday work parties are a great way to spend time with sangha doing useful things on the property. There are plenty of tasks for everyone who shows up between 9:30am-3pm. We also have a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:30pm. If you are around for lunch time (12:30pm), you get lunch for free.

Member Spotlight

Stacy Riger, Member since 2011
Stacy Riger, Member since 2011
Why membership is important to me: I joined Dharma Rain as a member fairly soon after discovering it. Once I got my feet wet, I recognized that this was a practice, and a community, that would lead to good in my life. Becoming a member allowed me to express my commitment to the prosperity of Dharma Rain. Supporting an organization that I deeply care about just feels natural.

Membership is the steady foundation that allows Dharma Rain Zen Center to function on a day-to-day basis, and to continue to offer many of our programs at low or no cost. If you find value in what we offer here, please consider becoming a member. Many levels of membership are available, and signup can be done online.

Sangha Movie Night

7_generations_eventPlease join us for the newly resurrected monthly Sangha Movie Night to view For the Next 7 Generations. This tells the story of how thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of Mother Earth, the atrocities of war, the global scourge of poverty, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics that threaten the health of the Earth’s peoples, and the destruction of indigenous ways of life, gathered together from five continents to find ways to address these critical issues.

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers was born.

Consisting of deeply revered tribal and spiritual leaders, the Thirteen Grandmothers bring wisdom rooted in indigenous harmony in hopes of healing a world in crisis. A special guest who attended a recent retreat of the Thirteen Grandmothers will join our viewing of this special story.

We meet at the Siskiyou House downstairs. Popcorn provided; please bring snacks and beverages (no alcohol, please) to share.

Being Flexible, Keeping Commitments

Gyokuko Carlson
Gyokuko Carlson
Zazen teaches us to let go of thoughts feelings and distractions that interfere with being present and aware of this very moment. Some of the commitments we make in our everyday lives – marriage, children, jobs, friendships – require us to stay engaged focused and even tenacious. What does zazen teach us about dealing with keeping those commitments? How can we cope with the inevitable glitches that interrupt our intentions?

Join us this Sunday, September 11, for zazen, sanzen and Gyokuko’s Dharma Talk. Gyokuko and Genko offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen)
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:10 Zazen
9:40 Full Morning Service
10:10 Break/Announcements
10:30 Being Flexible, Keeping Commitments

Sunday Barbecues – Transition to Lunch

lunch2As the weather turns cooler, we find that we have so enjoyed that lovely barbecue social time after morning services that we will continue to offer Sunday lunch to all. Feel free to hang around after the Sunday Dharma Talk for lunch at about 11:45am (yes! no waiting for grilling). You are welcome to bring something vegetarian, a side dish, snack or drink, or just yourself.

Enjoy the company of sangha and the natural beauty of this property in a relaxed, informal setting.

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

fu-basilFujaku holds a large bundle of basil from the gardens to be made into pesto. We are also harvesting the results of lots of hard work and money from our many donors and benefactors in having a beautiful functional building. For the first time in a few years, we have a hearth, a home base that can house all of our offerings. New people are coming in and long-time members are returning. If you haven’t yet, check out the classes and special programs – the Talent Show, Term Student Program, Heart of Work Retreat, and other workshops coming up in October and November.

We continue to work on finishing details inside and outside the Sodo, as well as on landscaping and gardening tasks. Regular Wednesday work parties are a great way to spend time with sangha doing useful things on the property. There are plenty of tasks for everyone who shows up between 9:30am-3pm. We also have a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:30pm. If you are around for lunch time (12:30pm), you get lunch for free.

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