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The Virtue of Practicing with Sangha

Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
This week we have been on Denkoe Sesshin, with up to 25 people practicing in the zendo in the evenings. Kakumyo explores the value of this in his talk on Sunday.

Join us this Sunday, April 22, for zazen, sanzen and Kakumyo’s Dharma Talk. Kakumyo and Jiko offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation, with optional sanzen)
9:10 Zazen
9:40 Full Morning Service
10:10 Break / Announcements
10:30 The Virtue of Practicing with Sangha
11:45 Informal Community Lunch – All invited.

Sangha Forum

Spring Sangha Forum will be this Sunday, in place of the dharma talk. The forum includes about 30 minutes of presentations by the Dharma Council, Board, Mandala Council, and Dharma Garden council. These will be followed by a 30-minute discussion period so the councils can hear what curiosities, concerns, questions, and suggestions you have.

Listen to the Sangha Forum, which was on Sunday, April 15.

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We sometimes get requests for an audio recording of our Sunday morning service. Good news! We now have this recording, which you are welcome to listen to and/or download. This can be helpful when traveling, for those who are home-bound, or for those just wanting help memorizing the chants.

Sarah weeds in the rain, wearing a boot due to a sprained ankle incurred while moving furniture out of the trailer. The gardens are a sea of grass right now, and need a lot of weeding.

On the other side of the Sodo, Kakumyo and Gary measure a panel for cutting, while Nancy does some cleaning up in one of the units that is almost done. Plumbing and electrical work are finished in the north building.

All of the residents and their belongings are now located in various places on the property, and it is wonderful to be all together out here at last. The dormitories are moving forward every day, and we hope to be in them soon.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have regular Wednesday work parties from around 9:30am to 3:30pm. 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 participate in a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:30pm, and if you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

The Liturgical Calendar

Kyogen Carlson
At this week’s Dharma Talk, we played a recording of a talk given by Kyogen. He discussed our liturgical calendar, and the seasons and teachings associated with each part of it. He then focused specifically on the upcoming Denkoe retreat, and the study of the Denkoroku. This very special Dharma Talk allowed us to hear the voice of one of our founders in our hall. Gyokuko answered questions after the talk.

This talk happened on Sunday, April 8.

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On a rainy Thursday, this view from the densho bell shows Rocky Butte wreathed in mist, and trees and shrubs in their new green colors.

This week’s work has focused on moving out of the 85th house, taking most of the furniture, temple things, and residents’ stuff to be stored temporarily in the barn, pending certificate of occupancy for the duplexes. Residents are camping out in the Sodo and Founders Shrine in the mean time.

We appreciate our wonderfully accommodating landlord at the 85th house, sangha member Ken Barker, who has patiently waited for us to be able to move out of that house. And, for those inquiring about whether that house is now available to rent, we regretfully report that Ken and Jeff have their own plans for that house, and it will not go on the market. It has been a lovely neighborhood to live in, and we appreciate the chance to get to know some of the neighbors and have a quiet, safe place to live while waiting for our own residences on the property to be ready.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have regular Wednesday work parties from around 9:30am to 3:30pm. 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 participate in a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:30pm, and if you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

Denkoe Sesshin

April 16-22 marks our annual Denkoe Sesshin, where we study a fascicle from the Denkoroku, Keizan’s study of transmission stories of ancestors from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha to Koun Ejo. This is a way of honoring and learning from our ancestors.

Registration is required by April 12 for meals and overnights, though zazen and services are free for anyone to drop in. See the schedule.

For financial assistance, see the scholarship application and contact the shuso [shuso at dharma-rain.org]. Please contact the shuso as well for any other questions or concerns about your attendance.

When Is Good Enough Just Perfect?

Gyokuko Carlson
We all have high expectations. In the workplace, in our social lives, in our Zen practice. The idea that we ourselves or others in whom we are invested can meet those expectations often creates anxiety when the idea comes up against reality. Come share your thoughts as Gyokuko shares some of hers.

This talk was tiven Sunday, April 1.

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Come help paint trim tomorrow! We are inviting everyone to come to a trim-painting party tomorrow from 9am to 3pm.

Kakumyo has been working with plumbers, electricians and handymen to get the duplexes up to speed. Two units now have electricity hooked up, with lights and heat that works. The unit shown (with the front porch light on) is going to be the Frog Song classroom – you can see a bit of the playground through the back window, and cherry tree reflected in the front window.

We’re ready to paint trim in some of the units, including this one. Please come drop in when you can – even an hour or two is useful. As always, lunch is provided to everyone at 12:30pm.

The cherry trees are blossoming in front of the duplex, and spring looks to be coming on. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and beautiful! Come join with sangha and help us enjoy the weather while getting some useful work done.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have regular Wednesday work parties from around 9:30am to 3:30pm. 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.

Tisarana – Three Refuges

Genko Rainwater
Genko looks at how the Three Refuges (also called the Three Jewels or Three Treasures) can provide a place of safety and support for us in our practice. What is refuge? What is safety? How do we work with these in our lives?

This talk was given Sunday, March 25.

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The push is on to get the duplexes ready. Here, Pacific Power hooks up electricity (though it’s still not on inside the buildings) in preparation for the electricians to come in next week to finish the inside. A plumbing inspection yesterday allows us to begin covering walls in the south building. The north building is mostly sheetrocked and textured, and painting is moving forward.

Wednesday’s work party included painting in the north building and putting outside covers in front of the screens to the crawl space, along with cleanup from the Saturday work party.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have regular Wednesday work parties from around 9:30am to 3:30pm. 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.

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