This Sunday, the sixteen participants and three staff who have been working together in the intensive 10-day training for sangha leaders will finish their time together. Three of the participants will share short dharma talks that they have developed in the course of the training to give the rest of us a taste of what […]
March 2019 Archives
This week’s weather has been outstanding, and the moon rising over Rocky Butte was spectacular. The visiting Sangha Leaders have enjoyed March at its best.
Anicca, or Impermanence, looms large among our basic Buddhist teachings. It’s one of the three characteristics of existence and is intimately related to the Four Noble Truths. Impermanence seems pretty straightforward – everything changes. It’s pretty easy to accept that intellectually, but not so easy to live in congruence with it. Why do we struggle […]
A special thank you in three directions. First, we received a very generous, $250,000 gift from an anonymous donor, paying out over 10 years. This gift helps reduce our debt over time. Secondly, Nancy Kodo Conover and David Ellston forgave their $45,000 portion of the Semble loan. Dharma Rain took out this loan from friends […]
On March 9, six people became lay disciples. Kakumyo’s students are Minshu, Honei, Yusatsu, Sokuthu, and Zuiryu. Jiko’s student is Daiko. All of them have sewn rakusus and met all other criteria for becoming lay disciples. The sangha rejoices. The weather is slowly getting better, and we are beginning to work outdoors again. Wednesday’s work […]
Especially during challenging times or when experiencing personal difficulties, we can find comfort by focusing on our core practice – our Soto style of Zen. Fumyo highlights some practical aspects of our Soto Zen including its beginnings as a unique style and its subtle pragmatism. He also touches on deep questions at the heart of […]
Several people became lay disciples this week. The decision to enter a formal teaching relationship is a serious one. But it’s not magic – teaching takes place both in and out of such a relationship. What does a teacher do? How do we work with the embodiment in front of us? This talk was given […]
Fujaku gave a lesson in putting up a curtain rod to the students of Frog Song this morning. The children watched him work with great interest and had many helpful suggestions!