September 2016 Archives

More Photos of Hawk’s Release

Last Thursday’s release of a rehabilitated hawk by the Audubon Society onto our property was inspiring for all who witnessed it. The Audubon Society has sent us some of the photos they took of the event. They show the sequence from release from the box they carried him in, to flight, to sitting in the […]

Practice at Work

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 […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

Gemmon continues to work on the Japanese-style formal garden. Wednesday’s sun lights up the Katsura tree. Fujaku painted the sign for the entrance to the property, which Hakugyu carved. Notice that Fujaku has nutritional reinforcement as part of his work. Wednesday’s work party also included adding bamboo to the planters that will eventually be in […]

Member Spotlight

“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 […]

Zen Meditation, Part 4

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. This talk was given Sunday, September […]

Talent Show a Huge Success

About 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. The second half was the surprise production […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

Fujaku 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 […]

Member Spotlight

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 […]

Sangha Movie Night

Please 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 […]

Being Flexible, Keeping Commitments

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 […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

Fujaku 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 […]

Not Necessarily Talented Show

All are invited to attend Dharma Rain’s spectacular and much-anticipated Not Necessarily Talented Show on Saturday, September 10 at 7pm. The show will feature a wide variety of wonderful acts, including an acroyoga trio, belly dancing, ukulele, hard shoe Irish dancing, kazoo, and bamboo flute. Then there will be a hilarious surprise play by Tiny […]

The Old Woman of Mount Wutai

Fall Ango will begin by recognizing old women in zen’s timeless koan heritage, the challenges and opportunities they offered then and even now. Bukkai’s talk is inspired by “The Old Woman of Mount Wutai,” a koan from ninth century China, and her own experiences of many years. This talk was Sunday, September 4.

Dharma Rain at the Empty Field

This year’s annual late-summer retreat at the Empty Field west of Eugene was well-represented by Dharma Rain. This unique event, Cultivating the Way, is held on DRZC teacher Seido’s organic farm, and allows for a special kind of awareness of the natural world within Zen practice. The sweet little zendo is actually similar, though smaller […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

We continue to do finish work in the Sodo. Here, Ikuo re-installs a shelf under the new bulletin board. You can also see the new curtains for the hallway leading to the bathrooms. The shelves that were previously hung in the entry way, by the sanzen room, and above the beverage table are now being […]