June 2016 Archives

Drinking from the Well

Water is often used as a metaphor for Dharma. The choice to immerse ourselves completely or have a sip now and then is a personal one. How do we choose? How do we honor our own choice and the different choices others make? This talk was given on Sunday, June 26.

Pride Parade Pix

This last Sunday, in addition to our regular Sunday program, several people marched in the annual Pride Parade downtown. It was scheduled to step off at 11am, but because we were so far back in line, we didn’t actually start moving until 1:20pm, so people were able to come join us who had participated in […]

Gyokuko and Others to March in Pride Parade

Beloved Sangha and Friends, In difficult times like these, it is important that we stand together in compassion, dignity and respect for all people. I invite you to march with me and others from Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland’s LGBTQ Pride Parade on Sunday, June 19. (More information is below.) Let us gather in […]

Discernment: A Postulant’s Journey to Success

We are in the process of discerning matters great and small throughout our lives. As Buddhists, how do we approach the “big” decisions about the shape and form our lives will take? Is there a difference between “deciding” and “discerning”? And what constitutes “success”? Thomas Bruner shares his process of discerning whether to ordain as […]

Frog Song Enrolling for Fall

Frog Song Montessori Preschool is now enrolling for fall classes. They are hosting an open house this Friday, June 10, from 5-7pm. Frog Song is open to 3- to 5 year-olds and is accepting applications for fall enrollment and summer camp. Please drop by to learn about our program! The classroom is located in Uji […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

We are having a quiet week, as one of three summer vacation schedule weeks during the summer. No morning program this week. This last Sunday, we had our annual Dharma School skits. For the first time ever, the parent groups also presented a skit. Wednesday work parties have resumed, and are a great way to […]

Dharma School Skits and Ice Cream Social

This coming Sunday we watch the traditional year-end Dharma School skits, where the children share something of what they have learned in the past year. This takes the place of the Dharma Talk, and is always a lot of fun. After that, we will have an ice cream social. All are invited. Join us this […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

We are reaping the results of past planting, as well as planting new things this year. This time of year everything turns green, sprouts, sends out new growth, and otherwise just looks beautiful. We are eating lettuce, peas, and some berries from the garden, and enjoying the many flowers all around us. Walking outside is […]

Looking Ahead to Genzo-e Retreat

The last week of July (July 26-30), we will do our annual Genzo-e retreat. Begin thinking now whether this would be possible for you to do. Doing the whole retreat and staying overnight makes it possible to take on a service position. Both of these intensify your retreat experience. Talk with the shuso about these […]

Daily Dharma

Those who donated to our crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign last fall are getting daily e-mails this month as a thank-you and part of the May Sit. We wanted to share these with everyone, though they are a day or so later. This was the May 31 offering. The first text in italics is from Cultivating the […]