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Indra and the Ants

Sallie Jiko Tisdale
What happens when Indra, King of the Gods, sees a line of ants marching across the floor? A little storytelling about Indra leads us to contemplation of how we all fit together in the big scheme of things.

This talk was given Sunday, June 25.

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This week we are on Genzo-e sesshin. Registration for meals and overnights is closed, but all are welcome to join us during meditation and services.

Both duplexes are now on the property, situated where they will end up, though up on blocks so that work can go on underneath them. Much of the Genzo-e work practice this week is going toward that effort. First is cleaning out old insulation and such, taking off plywood on the outside, and getting the bottom of the siding ready to settle on the foundation when it is poured. Workers arrived to set up the forms for concrete for the foundation for the first duplex this week. Once the duplexes are safely on their foundations, then interior and exterior remodeling will go forward, readying them for people to move in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Work Parties
We have work parties most Wednesdays from 9am to 3:30pm, and there is plenty of work for people to do, inside and outside, light and heavy. Come for as much or little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch. For much of the summer, we are adding Thursday and Friday for anyone who can come out the volunteer. Come join the fun!

Fearlessness

Jyoshin Clay
While many sangha members headed out to the Pride Parade, Jyoshin presented a talk on manifesting fearlessness in life and in practice. In Buddhism, the gift of fearlessness is one of the highest gifts. She unpacks this idea to see where it shows up in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

This talk was given Sunday, June 18.

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Every year we say we will put together something for Pride, and every year we get too busy. This year is no exception. Last year (photo), we marched at the last minute with the Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC), who welcomes all. We will be doing so again this year, on Sunday, June 18, though some are choosing to sit and watch the parade, also a lot of fun. If you want to march with us (we’ll try to have the DRZC banner and maybe a Buddhist flag), CWC is contingent 159, lining up on NE 9th between Davis and Everett. Step off time for the parade is 11am, but since CWC is near the back, they will be holding the space and you should be fine joining us by 11:30 or so. Genko and J are planning to be there. Who else?

At long last, the first of the two duplexes arrived on the property on Sunday, and work is commencing on making it habitable. These are full-size houses, and moving them from the field in Clackamas County where they have lived for the past several years was a very large endeavor, and not without obstacles. There were several tight turns and some delays in getting it here, and it was Tuesday before it was properly situated. On Wednesday, work party crews took off the protective plywood from windows and doors, and began cleaning under the house – tearing out old insulation, taking of a layer of siding so it can sit properly on the foundation, etc. The other duplex is scheduled to arrive this coming Sunday, June 18. There will be lots of work to do for the next several months. Please join us on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays if you are able. A special work party this Saturday, June 17, from 9am to noon is focusing on work on the duplex. Next week is Genzo-e Sesshin, and one work project during work periods will be working on the second duplex.

We will be moving out of the Siskiyou House at the end of June, so as not to renew a year-long lease. Residents at that house are moving into the 85th House. If you are interested in renting the house (which has a wonderful view of the property), please contact staff for contact information for the most excellent landlord.

Wednesday Work Parties
We have work parties most Wednesdays from 9am to 3:30pm, and there is plenty of work for people to do, inside and outside, light and heavy. Come for as much or little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

The Diamond Sutra

Chapters One Through Five with a Different Lens
by Carrie Schulz

ONE: The person, the woman, was walking and looking at cracks and lichen in the sidewalk, near Benson high school, not far from the Lloyd center and See See’s coffee. There were birds singing and fluttering, people driving cars, the occasional darting squirrel, and an unknown multitude of insects flying, creeping, and burrowing.

It was afternoon, and she had put on her worn clogs, synthetic pants (in case of rain), and walked while her daughter was in rehearsal. After walking and watching the various combinations of clouds and feeling sun and no sun on her skin, she entered the aged school building, verging on decrepit, and sat to wait for the performance.

A number of students came onto the stage, found their chairs, adjusted their music, and began to play.

TWO: On this occasion, the David Kerr violin was also present in the orchestra. The violin rose and fell in relationship to the bow, always subjugate to the music and always within the embrace of two hands. “It is rare,” thought the violin, “that the music, this music, entrusts us to weave and vibrate it into life. That all these hands, horse hairs, nylon, and rare woods thrum these shapes into being, that we are simultaneous doorways opening into layered machine voices that rise and fall in synchrony.” read more…

Prajnaparamita

by Linda Hoka Bebernes

In the Wisdom Sutra seminary class this spring, our first reading assignment was the Ratnaguna, the verse form of The Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. As often happens the first time I encounter a Sutra new to me, I was at a loss to make sense of what I was reading. I felt an urge to pick out just a couple of verses and somehow find a way to make them apply to my life.

On the second page of Edward Conze’s translation of The Perfection of Wisdom Sutra that we were using in the class, I came across these verses.

9. To course in the skandas, in form, in feeling, in perception,
Will and so on, and fail to consider them wisely;
Or to imagine these skandas as being empty;
Means to course in the sign, the track of non-production ignored.

10. But when he does not course in form, feeling, or perceptions,
In will or consciousness, but wanders without home,
Remaining unaware of coursing firm in wisdom,
His thoughts on non-production—then the best of all the calming trances cleaves to him.

I decided I’d like to try to apply this teaching to my personal vow for this Ango period. My vow has been to investigate a certain situation that frequently arises in my household. My partner Kate has been developing some hearing loss and often doesn’t understand what I am saying to her. When she asks me to repeat what I’ve said, I say it louder and – more often than not – in a tone that conveys exasperation. She then becomes annoyed that I’m annoyed with her. And that is the beginning of a familiar pattern that has played out many times in our household.

Here is what I learned from these verses. read more…

Holding No Thought of Killing

Genko Rainwater
Our list of grave Precepts begins, like those of most religions, with Do Not Kill. The commentary says “holding no thought of killing is the Precept of Not Killing.” What are these thoughts, and what does it mean to hold them? Genko explores some of the ways this Precept applies to us all.

This talk was given Sunday, June 11.

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The Dogwood group expresses exuberance over their skit “Princesses of Porkland.” As always, a good time was had by all for the last Sunday of Dharma School for this year. The Doug Fir group presented Gyokuko with a hand-made book of photos and text of thanks for her support of Dharma School over the years.

Next on the agenda is Dharma Camp this summer. Dharma School starts up again in September.

A group of about ten people from the Rose Villa Retirement Community in Milwaukie visited on Wednesday, toured the property, had their own mid-day sit, and joined us for lunch. They were very impressed with what we’ve done so far and what we hope to accomplish! The Rose Villa Sitting Group meets every Thursday morning. Shin’yu leads the group every other week. All are welcome to join us.

Special thanks to Gale’s Meadow Farm, Portland Nursery and several individuals for donations of starts! Also to Wood Waste Management for a donation of compost. The gardens are growing beautifully.

We will be moving out of the Siskiyou House at the end of June, so as not to renew a year-long lease. Residents at that house are moving into the 85th House. If you are interested in renting the house (which has a wonderful view of the property), please contact staff for contact information for the most excellent landlord.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have work parties most Wednesdays from 9am to 3:30pm, and there is plenty of work for people to do, inside and outside, light and heavy. Come for as much or little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

Dharma School Skits and Ice Cream Social

tional year-end Dharma School skits, where the children share something of what they have learned in the past year. This takes the place of the Dharma Talk, and is always a lot of fun. After that, we will have an ice cream social. All are invited.

Join us this Sunday, June 4, for zazen, sanzen, service, and Dharma School Skits. Genko and Gyoshi offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen)
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:40 Full Morning Service
10:10 Break / Announcements
10:30 Dharma School Skits
11:45 Ice Cream Social and Informal Community Lunch – all invited.

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Natalie, Gary, and Kakumyo set off happily from the Barn to go work on landscaping tasks for the Wednesday work party. Joel works in the kitchen in an ongoing effort to mouse-proof the Sodo. He’s caulking the newly-installed toe kicks. Justin at ReCraft Home Remodeling did that work for us, and did an excellent job.

We will be moving out of the Siskiyou House at the end of June, as we don’t want to renew a year-long lease. Residents there will move into the 85th House soon. If you are interested in renting the house (which has a wonderful view of the property), please contact staff for contact information for the most excellent landlord.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have work parties most Wednesdays from 9am to 3:30pm, and there is plenty of work for people to do, inside and outside, light and heavy. Come for as much or little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. You are welcome to join us at mid-day meditation in the zendo from 11:30am to 12:25pm. If you are around at 12:30pm, lunch is provided.

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