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Continuous Practice, Then and Now

Jill Bukkai Washburn
Jill Bukkai Washburn
Bukkai says: from the Buddha’s time to our present day, finding examples is simple but following examples is not easy.

Also this Sunday we will be doing Nehan Festival, which commemorates the Buddha’s most profound teaching, offered on his deathbed.

Join us this Sunday, February 26, for zazen, sanzen, Nehan Ceremony, and Bukkai’s Dharma Talk. Bukkai and Fumyo offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen)
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:40 Nehan Festival
10:30 Continuous Practice, Then and Now
11:45 Informal Community Lunch – all invited.

Sharing the Light – Get Your Tickets Now

Our special gala party is coming up March 4, at McMenamin’s Kennedy School, featuring dinner, dancing, live music, and fun with good friends old and new. The evening will also have an opportunity to donate to our annual operating budget to keep the doors open and programs thriving.

A $50 ticket admits you and a friend. Though you can still get tickets at the door, we are asking people to buy tickets online in advance as much as possible. It will help us to have advance knowledge of how many people will be coming so we can order enough food.

Hope to see you there to Share the Light.
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Ango Begins Next Week

year-wheel2017Beginning March 1 and ending May 31, we observe an Ango period of intensified practice. (See the wheel of the year for an overview of our liturgical calendar.) Zazen starts earlier on weekday mornings, followed by a somewhat longer morning service, and we add a mid-day hour-long sit.

Denkoe Sesshin fits within this spring Ango period, and also the seminary class that studies the Wisdom Sutras. A number of special workshops and events are scheduled during Spring Ango. Watch the calendar for more information and updates.

Jukai Ceremony

sacred-flower-JukaiOur annual Jukai retreat is in process this week, and will culminate in the Jukai ceremony on Sunday, when individuals receive the Bodhisattva Precepts and formally become Buddhists. Please come to witness this important event in the growth of the Sangha.

We have had three ceremonies so far (Kyojukaimon, Sange, and Ketchimyaku), with two more to go in this DaiJukai. Saturday evening (Recognition) will be the last of the ceremonies not ordinarily done during regular Jukai years. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this open retreat for meditation and ceremonies. See the schedule.

Join us this Sunday, February 19, for zazen and the Jukai ceremony. Note that the schedule is different.

10:30am Zazen
11:00 Lay Ordination (Jukai Ceremony)
12:00 noon Tea / Cookies / Celebration

The Great Gift of the Way

Debra Seido Martin
Debra Seido Martin
This coming week, our sangha will launch its first Daijukai in the new Sodo. The community is invited to participate in a series of rare ceremonies throughout the week that express the breadth and depth of Zen path of training. The open retreat culminates in a precept ceremony the following Sunday where several students will receive the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts. Seido’s talk will focus on why this particular tradition is relevant in addressing our concerns for the suffering in the world today.

Join us this Sunday, February 12, for zazen, sanzen and Seido’s Dharma Talk. Seido and Jiko offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen)
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:10 Zazen
9:40 Full Morning Service
10:10 Break/Announcements
10:30 The Great Gift of the Way
11:45 Informal Community Lunch – all invited.

Member Spotlight: Randall Daigai Filbert

Randall Daigai Filbert
Randall Daigai Filbert
Experience reveals just how challenging Zen practice can be. Being awake, rather than dreaming, requires behavioral discipline, gentle vigilance, and a willingness to accept discomfort, as layers of conditioned responses are illuminated. Again and again I have seen the value of sangha, and the teacher-student relationship in particular, for helping to sustain and revitalize practice. This crucial support is generously made available at Dharma Rain, and I am fortunate and grateful to be a member.

Membership is the steady foundation that allows Dharma Rain Zen Center to function on a day-to-day basis, and to continue to offer many of our programs at low or no cost. If you find value in what we offer here, please consider becoming a member. Many levels of membership are available, and signup can be done online.

News at Dharma Rain

p2017-0209-bioswale-900From ice to flooding, it’s been quite a winter. Record rainfalls show that our stormwater system (in which the bioswales play a part) is functioning well. The courtyard has taken some hits this winter, but still looks beautiful, even with standing water. The other gardens are not ready for planting, but spring is coming soon. The volatile weather creates some beautiful skyscapes.
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We continue to work on finishing details inside and outside the Sodo, as well as on landscaping. Regular Wednesday work parties are a great way to spend time with sangha doing useful things on the property. There are plenty of tasks for everyone who shows up between 9:30am-3pm. If you are around for lunch time (12:30pm), you get lunch for free.

The Pivotal Opportunity of Growing Old

Mike Gyoshi Kaplan
Mike Gyoshi Kaplan
November 20, 2016, Dharma Talk, by Gyoshi Kaplan. This talk was not recorded, and so Gyoshi has written it up as an article.

Why am I giving this talk? I experience this stage of life – growing old – as a wonderful, pivotal opportunity to dive deeper into life. And especially, deeper into spiritual practice. I simply want to call your attention to this possibility.

I’m struck by the poignancy of a koan of growing old: as our interest in our spiritual path seems to deepen, our capacity to travel the path seems to diminish. For a while now I’ve been investigating this koan as I experience it. I’m concerned that it’s easy to get discouraged with our difficult practice in this stage of life, and that Dharma Rain may not be doing enough to support elders and other differently-abled members who are encountering this.

I need to state before going further that nothing I say in this talk is true of everyone who is in this stage of life. Also, this talk focuses on the spiritual practice aspects of growing old. Please don’t take anything I say as devaluing choices you make in this stage that aren’t directly related to spiritual practice.

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Recognizing Impermanence

kakumyoKakumyo offers a preview of one of the themes of the upcoming Prajnaparamita (perfection of wisdom) seminary class. He looks at the core Buddhist teaching that everything is changing, the process of coming to deeper appreciation of this fact, and what it means for navigating the world.

This talk was given Sunday, February 5.

News at Dharma Rain

Once again, we have glazed sidewalks and cold weather. Still, we have had some movement toward getting the duplexes (residents housing) ready to move on to the property. More ground preparation has happened this week, for example.

Metro [facebook link] recently published a Regional Snapshot content package on their brownfield page, and included their profile of Dharma Rain. You can see it here. @OregonMetro, #ItsOurNature.

As always, we continue to be open for activities – seven people showed up last night for an introductory workshop in spite of less-than-ideal weather. The Beginners Retreat will go on as scheduled tomorrow, and we understand the weather should be okay for that.

We continue to work on finishing details inside and outside the Sodo, as well as on landscaping. Regular Wednesday work parties are a great way to spend time with sangha doing useful things on the property. There are plenty of tasks for everyone who shows up between 9:30am-3pm. If you are around for lunch time (12:30pm), you get lunch for free.

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