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The weeks around summer solstice are the only time of the year when you see sunlight on the north side of the Sodo. Also the only time of year when sunlight comes through the north windows to illuminate the altar and cast these interesting shadows.

The people participating in Genzo-e Sesshin have been privileged to practice intensely with light and silence and affirmation at this time of the year.

Shuso Hossen

Jeanna Annen Moyer
This Sunday, the current shuso, Jeanna Annen Moyer, will take her “final exam,” presenting a verse and answering questions from teachers and sangha members. Come help “prod the loaf” to see whether she’s done. This will take the place of the usual Dharma Talk.

Join us this Sunday, June 24, for zazen, sanzen, service, and Shuso Hossen. Fumyo 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 and announcements
10:30 Shuso Hossen
11:45 Informal Community Lunch – All invited.

Twigs, Vines, and Blackberry

Gyokuko Carlson
Gyokuko has been working in her yard, as like a lot of other people. On Sunday, she will talk about finding the right tool for the right job.

Join us this Sunday, July 17, for zazen, sanzen, service, and Gyokuko’s Dharma Talk. Gyokuko and Jyoshin offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation, with optional sanzen)
9:10 Zazen
9:40 Full Morning Service
10:10 Break and announcements
10:30 Twigs, Vines, and Blackberry
11:45 Informal Community Lunch – All invited.

New Transmitted Teacher

Jiko gladly announces that she transmitted teaching authority to her senior student Kyri Kengan Treiman on the night of June 6. She brings the number of transmitted teachers connected with Dharma Rain Zen Center to 12, and is the Carlsons’ first Dharma “Grandchild.”

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Today, Frog Song families helped to raise the last beam on the shelter structure being built in the playground. This will replace the canopy that has been there for the last couple of years.

The families became close during this school year, and on this, the last class of the year, the children were excitedly looking forward a joint camping trip, planned by the parents.

Wednesday Work Parties

The regular Wednesday work parties WON’T be happening next week because of Genzo-e sesshin, nor will they happen the following week. They will resume the first week of July.

Pride: Sin or Virtue?

Genko Rainwater
We are entering into Portland Pride season. “Pride” turns up on both Christian and Buddhist lists as one of the seven deadly sins or one of the five poisons, respectively. In what ways is it negative? How can it be seen as positive? How does it relate to Shame (which is generally listed as a positive in Buddhist thought)? Genko explores some of these confusing ideas.

Join us this Sunday, June 10, for zazen, sanzen, service, and Genko’s Dharma Talk. Genko and Gyoshi offer sanzen.

8:30am Zazen
9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation, with optional sanzen)
9:10 Zazen
9:40 Full Morning Service
10:10 Break and announcements
10:30 Pride: Sin or Virtue?
11:45 Informal Community Lunch – All invited.

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Last Sunday (June 3), the end of the Dharma School year, students presented skits to share some of what they learned this last year. The theme for the year was the Six Realms. A crowd gathered in the zendo, and included the adults and the children’s mingling together for lots of fun. Several of us thought that the skits this year were the best ever.

The day before, on Saturday (June 2), Seido came up from her organic farm to present the Zen of Gardening. As an organic farmer, psychotherapist, and Dharma Rain Zen Teacher, Seido is uniquely qualified to lead such a workshop, and she had several enthusiastic participants helping and listening.

The workshop began with people gathering in a circle to sit outside in the garden. Seido emphasized that in addition to doing things in the garden, it’s also important to sit and listen and watch. So in addition to lots of information and hands-on activity, there was also meditation involved.

Seido also delivered a donation to the center of a brush mower, from Josu who lives near Seido. Kakumyo and Seido talk in the back of her truck during a break. The mower is being a big help in taming the prolific grass on the property. Many thanks to Josu and Seido both.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have regular Wednesday work parties from around 9am 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.

Dharma School Skits and Ice Cream Social

This coming Sunday we will watch the traditional 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 3, for zazen, sanzen, service, and Dharma School Skits. Kakumyo and Gyokuko offer sanzen.

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

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A couple of years ago, Fujaku planted a lot of strawberry plants. This week, we are reaping the fruit of that planting, while Fu swelters in a monastery in Japan. Nothing like sweet fresh-picked organic strawberries for breakfast and in desserts!

In other news, plumbing and electrical is moving forward on the duplexes, and volunteers continue to do various work indoors and outdoors. The concrete planters in front of the duplexes are getting a wood wrap-around.

The gardens are continuing to thrive and be worked on. We got a donation of large beautiful lettuces from others using garden beds on the property. And the asparagus! After some years of careful cultivation, we are enjoying asparagus like never before. And of course we share with those who join us for meals and work.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have regular Wednesday work parties from around 9am 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.

Varieties of Attentiveness

Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
This Sunday we’ll explore qualities like concentration, focus and receptivity with a Buddhist lens. How do these qualities affect our life, and what contributes to reliably accessing them, both within and beyond formal meditation.

This talk was given Sunday, May 27.

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