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They Will Come to These Places

Todd Tsuho Sattersten
Pilgrimage has been a part of Buddhism since the very beginning. In this student talk, Tsuho will discuss his travels to Japan and India and how we can use place as a method for practice.

Join us this Sunday, April 30, for zazen, sanzen, services, and Tsuho’s Dharma Talk. Jiko and Kakumyo offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen)
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:40 Full Morning Service
10:10 Break / Announcements
10:30 They Will Come to These Places
11:45 Informal Community Lunch – all invited.

Dharma Rain News

On April 7, six new Lay Disciples were ordained with their teachers Kakumyo and Jiko. They received rakusus and a new Dharma Name. The photo shows the ordinees approaching the altar in the back of the hall. From left are Eric Kosen Johnson, Stacy Zonnyo Riger, Richard Hanshin Schuler, Harry Ban’an Hesselgesser, Jane Myoho Endacott, and Alison Muchaku Dunfee. Jisha Nicole Ko’in Newsom guided them around the zendo as they bowed to several altars during the ceremony. Kosen and Hanshin are Jiko’s disciples, and the other four are Kakumyo’s.

Duplexes to Arrive Soon

The two duplexes, which will be used for resident housing, Frog Song Preschool, and retreat accommodations, are now due to arrive Sunday May 7 and Sunday, May 14.

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.

Mandala Practice

Mandala-diagram2015Kaishin’s student talk focuses on the mandala model that informs our organizational structure. The mandala comes to us from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which is distinct in key ways from Zen. Within the Tibetan tradition the mandala provides a conceptual model for the energetic and inter-dependent underpinning of the human psyche. Kaishin considers a few questions: How does this model – organized around the individual – function in a community context? How does community behavior from this view resemble a natural ecosystem? More particularly, how does this model provide a perspective that can inform and deepen our practice in sangha, as well as in our daily lives?

This talk was given Sunday, April 23.

Dharma Rain News

Kakumyo Ratified as Abbot

kakumyoVoting closed March 22nd in the Abbot ratification process for Kakumyo and here are the results: 154 ballots were sent out to sangha members, and we got 85 responses (a 56% return rate) with 100% yes votes. The Board meets tonight to determine next steps, but barring impediments, his installation as Abbot is scheduled for August 6, at the end of the AZTA Conference.

Duplexes to Arrive Soon

The two duplexes, which will be used for resident housing, Frog Song Preschool, and retreat accommodations, are due to arrive Sunday April 30 and Sunday, May 7. They will be trucked in and raised up over where they will eventually land on the gravel pad subgrade. The foundation gets built underneath them, and then they get lowered and tied to the foundations. In addition to utility hookups, they will also need renovation. The entire process is likely to take a year or more, though it will be done in phases, so we hope to have some functional spaces well before that.

In Other News …

The BARN has passed final inspection, and has had electrical hookups done. Volunteers are continuing to organize and otherwise make the space work for us.
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Earth Day Work Party

Saturday, April 22, from 9am – noon, come join friends and neighbors for ecological restoration work at Dharma Rain Zen Center to celebrate Earth Day. On a 14-acre former landfill, a new gathering place is taking root at Dharma Rain – a place where people can walk in tranquil native habitat, work in community gardens, bring their children to school or study, and practice meditation. We’ll be doing trail repair and invasive removal in the ravine. There will be a wide variety of tasks for different levels of skill and fitness, and kids are very welcome. Lunch will be provided after.

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.

Receiving Buddha Nature

kakumyoSometimes it can be hard to receive a significant gift graciously. We squirm, we deflect, we point out pitfalls, we imagine inadequacies, both in the gift, and in our worthiness. The teachings of the third turning of the wheel that describe our buddha nature, are one of these significant gifts. Kakumyo explores this symptom and how to treat it.

This talk was given Sunday, April 2.

Spring Sangha Forum

ForumTwice a year, the sangha has an opportunity to hear from our governing bodies, to ask questions and give feedback. The spring forum is sponsored by the Dharma Council. Some topics we will cover will be an overview of Dharma Council structure, the Leadership Development Team and how it fits in with the rest of the Mandala, changes in Liturgical year and what’s coming up on the calendar. The Board, Mandala Council, and Dharma Garden Council will also have brief reports. We will leave time to hear from you as well.

Listen to this Sunday, April 16 Sangha Forum.

DRZC T-Shirts: Available for a Limited Time Only!

T-shirtSupport Dharma Rain and look good doing it by purchasing a Dharma Rain t-shirt! Shirts are available in four styles and an array of sizes, and proceeds will go directly to Dharma Rain’s operating fund. You can opt to have the shirt mailed to you for a small fee, or pick it up at Uji during normal business hours for no charge. Please note that this is for a LIMITED TIME ONLY – shirts will be available for order until May 8, and we must sell at least 30 shirts for the order to go through. Place your order online.

In the Totality

Gyokuko Carlson
Gyokuko Carlson
Gyokuko works with the image of an eclipse, particularly at the stage of totality. As we find what is ours to do, searching for wholeness, we need to align both spatially and temporally in order to actualize it.

This talk was given Sunday, April 9.

Dharma Rain News

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P2017-0406barn-org-shelves-600Wednesday’s work party was well-attended, the sunny warm weather bringing people outdoors to work together. Work progressed on several fronts, from continued organizing of storage inside the barn to spraying orchard trees with a nutrient mix, and weeding the permaculture beds in the garden. The recent rains have made the soil soft and perfect for weeding.

In addition to fruit trees, we are seeing many other plants blossoming, including of course daffodils, forsythia, and flowering quince. And the grass is the vivid green that only seems to come in April.

We have work parties most Wednesdays, though next Wednesday, April 12, will be in the middle of Denkoe Sesshin, and so it WON’T happen on that day. Registration for meals and overnights for that sesshin is now closed, but meditation periods and ceremonies are open to all.
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Yes and No

Sallie Jiko Tisdale
Sallie Jiko Tisdale
Our practice includes the big “yes” of acceptance and the big “no” of impermanence. Our daily lives also include yes and no, as we choose how to meet conditions. We are in a time of uncertainty, intense emotion and cultural confusion. Many people are wondering how best to respond to the political situation. How does our practice of yes and no allow us to decide what to do?

This talk was given Sunday, March 26.

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