April 2014 Archives

About Denkoe This Year

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, May 30th This will be our last Denkoe Sesshin on the Madison Street property, it is a smaller, more intimate retreat, and this year we will hold most of it at the Dharma House. The chapter for this year will be the last case of the Denkoroku, on Koun Ejo, disciple of […]

Being a Good Lamp

Shakyamuni encouraged all of us to be a lamp unto ourselves; to steadily notice what is wholesome, and how we are affected, as we try to walk this spiritual path. How does this advice intertwine with Buddhism’s reliance on those who have gone before to point the way? We’re confronted with the choice to engage […]

Siskiyou/Transition Update

We are now officially renters! Both the Dharma House and the Zendo sales have closed, and we have received payments for both. This money paves the way to begin Phase I, and propels us ever faster into moving out of our current buildings. Upcoming work parties include moving days Thursdays (April 24, May 1, 15, […]

Siskiyou Transition Update

We are seeing the first signs of the savanna planting sprouting. During the coming week we will be digging more drainage trenches – getting the site ready so that we can start moving dirt around as soon as there’s a stretch of dry weather.

Sangha Forum

Sunday, April 20, the Dharma Council and Board of Directors presented reports about what is happening and the latest plans for this year with the transition to the new property. Listen to the forum. Dharma Council Programming Handouts. Board Handout. Photos Jason Lee front. Jason Lee front door. Entry. One view of cafeteria. Another view of […]

To Study The Self

Sallie Jiko Tisdale – from April 1997 Keep your eye on the fierce lion up on the altar. Today I’m going to talk about what it means to study the self. I’ll begin with two quotes to bear in mind. The first is from William Wordsworth in 1807, a poem: “The world is too much […]

God Help Us! Part Two

On April 6, 2014, Gyokuko spoke about prayer and devotion in Zen Buddhism. On April 13, Kyogen continued that theme with more on prayer, and also on faith, trust, belief, and other elements of spiritual life. He drew on his conversation with Evangelicals and other Christians about what non-theistic religion can look like. Listen to […]

Monthly InterCouncil Summary

March 2014   This summary describing the work of the temple’s three major decision-making bodies is published regularly. Each of the three major bodies of the temple mandala – the Board of Directors, the Dharma Council and the Mandala Council – meets monthly and provides notes to be consolidated for a report to the sangha. […]

Integrating Everything, Excluding Nothing

Linda Hoka Bebernes, Still Point, 2012 What do we each bring to expressing the Dharma? This was the theme for the 2012 spring term student program. Through exploring this question, I came to a clearer understanding of how I uniquely express the Dharma, while learning how essential it is to exclude nothing from my practice. […]

God Help Us!

On April 6, 2014, co-abbot Gyokuko Carlson took a Dharmic look at the subject of prayer and how Zen Buddhists work with it. Listen to this talk.

Siskiyou / Transition Update

Saturday’s work party will feature a variety of tasks. Mulching looms large so that we can take good care of all the plants that are now in the ground, and ensure that they don’t dry out over the summer. Come see the new leaves and buds on everything that has been planted. Recent work has […]

All My Karma

Many of us carry burdens of regret, guilt or shame about past events. When we recite the confession verse, what does it mean to acknowledge “All my past and harmful karma”? How can we take responsibility for all of it? What is mine? This talk explored the different ways we experience repentance and atonement in […]