An overview of Dharma Rain’s organizational structure is below. See the Organizational Structure document for a full description.
Board of Directors: Led by the Chair of the Board. Responsible for fiscal management, fundraising, strategic planning, management of legal liability and risk, operating in accordance with articles of incorporation and bylaws. The Ethics Council reports to the Board.
Abbot: The Abbot is an ordained and transmitted Soto Zen priest who is the executive and spiritual director of the organization. As Executive Director, the Abbot is supervised by the Board of Directors. The Abbot appoints the Godo, Kanin and any assistants to these positions, and may themselves fill one or more of those positions.
|West Hall (Teaching)||East Hall (Operations)||Dharma Garden (Children and Family Programs)|
|Led By||Godo*, Assistant Godo*||Kanin*, Assistant Kanin*||Head of Dharma Garden|
|Councils and groups within these areas||Dharma Rain Active Transmitted Teachers (DRATT) – Teaching assignments, teacher collaboration|
Dharma Council – Presentation and practice of Dharma
Elders Council – Sangha culture and tradition
|Sangha Council – Manages volunteers|
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee
|Dharma Garden Council|
|Activities in this area||Teaching – Dharma Talks, class instructor appointments, sesshin. Ceremonial ryo – (jisha, precenting, guestmaster, zoom, sacristy, doshi, sanzen), Tanto* Programs – Affiliated Groups, Prison Program, Sangha Support Network, Hand in Hand (End of life care)||Administration – Bookkeeping, HR, communications, IT, fundraising, health and safety|
Facilities – Grounds, maintenance, library, sewing, housekeeping, residency, Tenzo*
|Dharma School, Dharma Camp, Frog Song Montessori Preschool, Parents Group, Family Programs|
*Temple officers meet regularly to facilitate communication among decision-making bodies.
The current temple officers are:
- Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, Abbot. Executive and Spiritual Director. Administrative head of the entire temple.
- Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, Kanin. Director of Operations. Administrative head of Operations.
- Todd Tsuho Sattersten, Assistant Kanin.
- Sallie Jiko Tisdale, Godo. Director of Teaching. Administrative head of Teaching.
- Gabe Fields, Assistant Godo.
- Kyri Kengan Treiman, Tanto. Head of Form. Responsible for maintaining standards of temple forms and monitoring the tone and spirit of the training hall.
- Genko Rainwater, Tenzo. (Head Cook). In charge of kitchen-related activities.
- Deborah Ryotan Gant, Shusho (Chief Junior). In charge of trainees.