November 2015 Archives

What’s Important?

Gyokuko is finding a new way to look at frugality. This talk was given Sunday, November 29.

Dignity

What does it mean to be dignified? We use the word freely and in many contexts, but may find that a definition is not easy. The Buddhist view of dignity is a little different from the conventional one. Is dignity an inherent quality? What does it mean to act in an undignified manner? Are there […]

Lotus Blooming: Why Does it Matter?

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “When I walked through the doors of Dharma Rain eight years ago, it didn’t occur to me that it would become […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

Wednesday’s work practice was presented with the gift of a beautiful sunny day in the midst of a wet, windy week. 17 people came in from Great Vow Zen Monastery to work with us on various projects. (The photo of the courtyard was taken in Thursday morning’s rainy weather.) The courtyard needs to be able […]

Meeting the Ancestral Teachers. . . In a Grass Hut

Following our Founder’s Day Service last week, we continue to commemorate with gratitude the great compassion that has been shown to us by our ancestral teachers. Fumyo explores the model for practice given to us by Shitou Xiqian (Sekito Kisen), our eighth Chinese ancestor. In his “Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage,” Shitou shows us how […]

Asphalt! in Siskiyou Square

Yesterday morning they finally started putting asphalt down to pave Siskiyou Street and finish the driveway in to our road. They worked diligently through the day, and got it done. All of this means that this coming Sunday, we will be able to drive into the driveway to our own road and parking area. A […]

Lotus Blooming: Why Does it Matter?

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “I care about restoring the land and providing a place for this community to come together. Dharma Rain has come to […]

Founders Day

Once a year we hold an all-night vigil in honor of our founders Keido Chisan and Jiyu Kennet, both of whom died during the first week of November. This year, for the first time, we will hold this vigil in the Sodo, as we carry their work forward. Morning service on Sunday will be a […]

Founders Vigil This Weekend

This Saturday, November 7, beginning at 3pm, and ending Sunday, November 8, at 6:30am we will hold a Founders Vigil at the Sodo. This date is close to the anniversaries of the deaths of both of our founders, Keido Chisan Koho Zenji (d. November 1, 1969) and Roshi Jiyu Kennett (d. November 6, 1996). There […]

Our Anonymous Donor Ups the Ante!

In August, our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – Lotus Blooming – received a major boost. An anonymous donor gave us a $200,000 matching gift to help us wrap-up fundraising by December 31, 2015. If we raised $200,000, we would receive all of the $200,000 matching gift. Our donor agreed to match […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

Yesterday the driveway got torn up in preparation for pouring concrete for the driveway entering the property. Because of this, we won’t be able to drive in to the property for about a week and a half (including Sunday morning). Instead, park at Glenhaven Park at 82nd and Siskiyou, cross at the traffic light, and […]