June 2014 Archives

Drag, Masks, Roles, Costumes

Part of the gay subculture, Drag and Camp have a long history. In the wider culture, we find a similarly long history involving carnival, clowns, fools, theater performances, masked balls, and the like. On a more mundane level, we all have various roles to play in the world, and find ourselves donning various costumes / […]

Siskiyou / Transition Update

Heavy, contracted work on the property has been stalled for the last two weeks. We’ve done most of what we can do easily without having city inspections. But our permit is held up pending a bond for the Siskiyou street improvements (widening the street and adding a sidewalk). Until we have the bond, we can’t […]

New Shuso at Hood River

On Sunday, June 22, Kyri Kengan Treiman was installed as the shuso at the Hood River / Columbia Gorge Zen sitting group, under her teacher Jiko Tisdale. The audience included members from the Sandy Sitting Group and the Portland sangha, and Abbots Gyokuko and Kyogen Carlson. Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, the primary teacher in Hood River, served […]

Jiko’s Memory

We asked people to share their memories of the places where we practiced for a quaarter-century in southeast Portland. You can find these posts using the “MemoryBook” tag. by Sallie Jiko Tisdale The year I was shuso, we had several regular visitors who liked to sit in the back steps off the front doors. It […]

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Based on a Dharma Talk by Mike Gyoshi Kaplan – Feb 23, 2014 The title of this talk is from the sub-title of a 1972 book called The Peoples’ Guide to Mexico. This book was unique among travel guides in pointing to being fully present and receptive to where you are.  A subtitle to the […]

Summer Solstice

What does Buddhism have to offer us on this turning of the seasons? Solstice is very significant in ancient cultures and earth based spirituality, but is it irrelevant to the followers of the Noble Eightfold Path? Gyokuko will explore the natural phenomena of solstice, equinox and the changing physical environment and how this fits the […]

Memory Book Audio Recordings

We asked people to share their memories of the places where we practiced for a quaarter-century in southeast Portland. You can find these posts using the “MemoryBook” tag. For the recordings, click on the link below to open the file. If you wish, you can right-click as it’s playing to save it to your computer. Bukkai’s […]

Sounds of the Madison Street Zendo

by Joe Shisei Niski We asked people to share their memories of the places where we practiced for a quaarter-century in southeast Portland. You can find these posts using the “MemoryBook” tag. I started attending Wednesdays and Sundays in the Fall of 1998. I decided to take the Precepts and to attend the full Daijukai […]

Random Ordinary Fragments

by Polly Gemmon Lauser We asked people to share their memories of the places where we practiced for a quaarter-century in southeast Portland. You can find these posts using the “MemoryBook” tag. Chan Radiators in the Zendo Just back from the China Pilgrimage. Fresh in my mind: images of ancient Chan monasteries with shrines containing […]

Dipping the toe in the sea of Zen

by Ulises Quiñónez We asked people to share their memories of the places where we practiced for a quaarter-century in southeast Portland. You can find these posts using the “MemoryBook” tag. Around five years ago, after a couple of years of many changes in my life and living in a rather messy way, I reached […]

Birth, Death, and the Bardo Plane

We had our first Sunday morning service at Jason Lee Elementary School on June 15. This week marked the first Sunday completely moved out of where we have been practicing for decades. We are in temporary spaces waiting construction of our new home, which is well on its way. The sometimes-chaotic process of moving out […]

Moving Update

The final move-out days for the Zendo was on Sunday, June 8,  and the Dharma House was vacated on Thursday, June 12. Both events involved a lot of people working very hard. There is sadness in looking back fondly on all the rich practice that has happened in both of those locations, and right along with […]

Moving Day!

Dharma Rain and Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) folks gather together for our mutual Move Out – Move In Day. Though moving of House and Zendo has been going on for quite some time now, this Sunday, June 8, is the final move-out from the Zendo. We will all work together to get everything […]

Siskiyou Updates

We have been awarded two metro grants through the Nature in Neighborhood program – Capital Grants program. These are helping to fund the pathway through the site, in cooperation with Portland Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services. Also the Conservation Education program is funding our partnership with PCC, PSU, Madison High School […]