Daoren means “person of the way.” In Soto practice, the way is always right before us. The Daoren Circle seek to practice the way wholeheartedly within our everyday lives through the Mahayana practice of vow. Daoren commit to a year of practice with common vows as well as optional individual vow(s). Members of Dharma Rain who have taken the… Read more »

Starting on June 14 Dharma Rain will open Sunday morning service and Wednesday evening sitting. The groups are limited to 25 so everyone will have to register to attend. Please read the guidelines for reopening so you know what to expect. To register you will need to go the calendar page, find the event you… Read more »

We were able to pivot to using Zoom quite quickly but… on the recording side of things there was a bit more of a bump. We have been gathering the Dharma Talks and Classes that were saved on various computers, and it looks like we are coming up short. We are missing two Dharma Talks,… Read more »

The chant book that we use at Dharma Rain is on our website, but can be hard to find. Here is a link so you can follow along at home. Morning service during the week alternates between the Women’s Line Service, and the Traditional Line Service. The Women’s Line Service includes Harmony of Difference and… Read more »

Well our mistake, and apologies to Kaishin. It looks like her article got cut off in the newsletter. Please follow the link to find out how it all ends!

This Sunday Kakumyo will be giving the Dharma Talk and he will also talk abit about the fact that Oregon will start to reopen on the 15th. Dharma Rain will not reopen then, but we are starting to look at what reopening would look like. Soon there will a request for the sangha to see… Read more »

With sadness, the Dharma Garden Council has cancelled this summer’s session of Dharma Camp. Camp requires a lot of advance planning, and with so much still uncertain, the Council made the difficult decision to not hold camp this year. We hope to plan a camp-like gathering for youth at the Dharma Rain campus at some… Read more »

After falling ill and being asked to quarantine to help protect residents and sangha during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dharma Rain priest and teacher Genko Rainwater recently re-entered the residential community. Her time away from responsibilities and community was not easy and stimulated old, karmic baggage. In this edition of Dharma Gates, Genko shares an essay… Read more »

This week we are sharing a paper written by Corey Scott Jensen, a Dharma Rain sangha member and an inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary. Gyoshi provided the following introduction to Dharma Rain’s prison program and Corey’s paper:  DRZC’s prison program began in earnest in 1997 with visits by Getsushin Brox to two men on Oregon… Read more »

This years Denkoe started Monday night at 7pm. The morning sittings starting at 5am and the evening sittings starting at 7pm are both being Zoomed. Please visit our Denkoe page to get the links to the meetings and join us this week. We are still perfecting with our Zoom setup. Please let us know if… Read more »

This year we are holding Denkoe online. The residents and monastics will be sitting in the zendo both morning and evening, plus the sitting will be on Zoom. Please visit our Denkoe page to get all of the information on how you can join us this week.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the forum. Its amazing to see how quickly we are all adapting to our new conditions. The Zoom meetings are so going well, everybody is learning how to interact on Zoom. As far as this morning our apologies, the Sangha Forum ended a bit abruptly. Everything was… Read more »

It would seem that Zoom has been around longer than we have been told. Here is an article that speaks to how the Dharma has been been handed down through Zoom

Shin’yu is doing a great job of reaching out to our neighbors to offer our raised garden beds. A mix of neighbors and sangha members are now spending time getting their beds ready for spring. To help the gardeners and the different groups that work on our site, we are building two garden sheds, and… Read more »

Each year during Denkoe we study a chapter of the Denkoroku as a way of honoring and learning from our ancestors. This year, it is Daii Doshin. This year due to the current circumstances, Denkoe will be held at Dharma Rain, but will be closed to everyone but residents. To keep our connection to the greater sangha… Read more »

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