The Elders Council collectively holds the knowledge and understanding of the customs, practice traditions and core Zen teachings that have been established at Dharma Rain Zen Center. This body of knowledge includes the Soto Zen lineage teachings and traditions presented by the temple’s founders, Kyogen and Gyokuko Carlson, as well as customs, traditions and teaching approaches that have evolved within, and are supported by, the larger Dharma Rain sangha. It is especially important that the Council provides stability and a thread of continuity during times of change within the temple and serves as a conservative force if the Council assesses change as occurring too abruptly or too quickly, or if the changes appear to be inconsistent with the vision of the temple’s founders. The Council may also serve the temple in times of rigidity as a source of adaptability, emphasizing the creativity and ingenuity of the temple’s founders. Its primary responsibility is to assist and advise the board in finding, recruiting, and selecting candidates for a new position in the abbacy.

Current Members of the Elders Council are:

  • Jyoshin, Chair
  • Gary Oshiro
  • Gyokuko Carlson
  • Jay Dosho VanSant
  • Mike Gyoshi Kaplan
  • Mark Sosetsu Stauffer
  • Richard Fumyo Mishaga
  • Sallie Jiko Tisdale
  • Genko Rainwater

To contact the Elders Council, send email to elders-council@dharma-rain.org.

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