Dharma Rain Blog

Dharma Cloud Day

Most of the Dharma Cloud Teachers

This last Sunday was the first Dharma Cloud Day. As the sangha has grown, some of our transmitted teachers have left the nest and started their own groups. Dharma Cloud Day was an opportunity for some of the transmitted teachers and sangha leaders to gather and introduce themselves and their sanghas.

Empty Field/Zen West Delegation

Most of the groups that are affiliated with Dharma Rain were present. We had teachers and members from Bright Way Zen, Empty Field Zendo, Wy’East Zen Center, and Hood River Zen. Check out the rest of the groups affiliated with Dharma Rain. Thank you to everyone who traveled from far and near to be with us.

Bright Way Delegation

 

Dharma Cloud Lineage Day

Come join us during this first day-long event honoring the Dharma Cloud lineage welcoming all affiliates and related practitioners. The morning will be devoted to sharing our traditional forms including an introduction of all the various groups attending, and a panel dharma talk by Kakumyo (DRZC Abbot), Domyo (Bright Way Zen), and Seido (Zen West / Empty Field Zendo) on the significance of the lineage.

These talks were given Sunday, April 28.

Dharma Rain News

Claire and Sosetsu are in Malaysia!

Claire Lundy, lead teacher at Frog Song Preschool, was one of only 16 women chosen to represent the women’s USA Touch Women’s Rugby Open! She is playing at the FIT World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sosetsu is also there as a referee. We’re rooting for them! The World Cup runs from April 29th to May 4th and will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Meanwhile, back here at home, the preschool teachers are busy prepping for Frog Song’s on-site summer camp, and the school has just hired a new teacher for next year.

Wednesday Work Parties

Dharma Rain hosts 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 as little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. We have a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:25pm. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

Sangha Forum

The Dharma Council led the spring forum, and reported on what we’ve been working on over the past 6 months and some new offerings for the coming months. Kakumyo reported on the status of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program, and also gave a financial and debt repayment overview. This was also an opportunity for sangha members to give feedback and ask questions about such things as whether offerings here are meeting your needs, thoughts about Denkoe being a cloistered retreat, the Spring Term Student program, and volunteering opportunities.

The Sangha Forum was Sunday, April 14.

Just Say Yes

Sallie Jiko Tisdale
There are so many ways that the world will say no to our desires. But we also say no to ourselves and to the world. How do we say yes? In Zen practice, there is a deep affirmation that we can bring to our everyday life as well as our practice.

This talk was given Sunday, April 21.

Dharma Rain News

We are on Denkoe Sesshin this week. It is a cloistered retreat, which means that it is closed from breakfast through dinner. Early mornings (5-7:20am) and evenings (7-9:25pm) are open for drop-in.

Wednesday Work Parties

Dharma Rain hosts 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 as little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. We have a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:25pm. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

Coming Back to Life

Jyoshin Clay
In the depths of winter it is easy to be deluded that nothing changes and the grey and cold will last forever. In the depths of adult life that delusion can arise as well. Yes, little things change, but nothing fundamental changes, we think. Drifting and dreaming, life passes by. The practice of zen teaches us to wake up – either startling us to realization or helping us to slowly move towards wakefulness. This Sunday, Jyoshin will share a talk about waking up, springtime, and this mysterious path of practice.

This talk was given Sunday, April 7.

Dharma Rain News

Three new residents are now on site. Kemyo just moved in. Zonnyo is doing a residency for the month of April. Kakuon is resident for spring Ango, that is, March, April, and May. We are enjoying having full dorms and lots of people at meals. In addition to these three, residents include Jyoshin, Ember, Genko, Fujaku, and Minshu. Kakumyo lives close by and is here much of the time. Shin’yu lives away from campus, and spends most of her days here.

Plum blossoms have fallen off and new leaves are appearing on several trees. But there are still plenty of trees and other plants in full bloom. Quince and daffodils make a pleasing contrast. Forsythia is in its glory, as is rosemary. Cherry blossoms are at their peak. The new leaves on trees are slowly greening up the landscape, and the grass is now the particularly vivid green of April. The land rejoices in the rebirth of spring.

Wednesday Work Parties
Dharma Rain hosts 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 as little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. We have a mid-day sit from 11:30am to 12:25pm. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

New Planned Giving Program: Branching Streams

Dharma Rain is pleased to announce its new planned giving program. The Branching Streams Society is a way for our members and friends to ensure our sustainability for future generations of way-seekers by including Dharma Rain in their estate plans.

Planned giving is for everyone, regardless of how small or large your financial estate may be. Arranging now to make a gift through your will, life insurance or retirement account will help Dharma Rain remain vibrant and accessible for many years to come. We have prepared materials that explain planned giving in simple terms, and are mailing those to members and friends in coming weeks.

We are grateful to the 17 individuals and couples who have already joined our Branching Streams Society. If you would like to include Dharma Rain in your estate plans, or have already done so, please contact Kakumyo by e-mail [kakumyo at dharma-rain.org] or contact the Center.

Nurturing Mind

In his “Instructions to the Cook,” Dogen lists three qualities of mind that the Head Cook, or Tenzo, of a monastery must cultivate: Joyful Mind, Nurturing Mind and Magnanimous Mind. Shin’yu explores the second of these, Nurturing Mind, and the wish to take care of the things and people of our world.

This talk was given Sunday, March 31.