Sangha Spotlights is a monthly feature of the e-bulletin focused on sharing news and fostering connections within the sangha. To contribute an idea for this feature please email . I first came to Dharma Rain seeking space to deepen my sitting practice. I joined Dharma Rain as a member because I really love how supported… Read more »
DRZC would like to send out a big thank you to everyone that came out and helped with the fire yesterday. Fortunately, we had very little damage to our property. The fire came very close to us on two sides. It was only due to the help of our many neighbors that we were able… Read more »
With late summer settling in, the coast beckons. A cool breeze, ocean waters, little purple anemone. Anticipation and delight fill the mind. How do we keep refreshing enjoyment from becoming sticky attachment? What happens when anticipation meets actual experience? This Sunday Jyoshin talks about the dharma teachings of tide pools.
This Sunday, Kakumyo will give a numerical answer to this often asked question about Zen practice. Should be a short talk. Join us this Sunday, July 28, for zazen, sanzen and Dharma Talk. Kakumyo and Fumyo offer sanzen. 8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen) 9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation) 9:10 Zazen 9:40 Full Morning Service 10:10 Break… Read more »
On Saturday, July 20, Gyokuko attended a demonstration culminating in a memorial service for those who died in the past at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The site was slated to receive 1400 migrant children separated from their families beginning in August. It has previously housed Native Americans and Japanese interned during WWII. The memorial service honored… Read more »
We are told that enlightenment is not a matter of stages. But we all occupy roles in our lives which reflect stages of development. How do we meet our practice through archetypal experience? In what way do we grow into an understanding that is already complete? This talk was given on Sunday, June 16.
In this talk, Kakumyo explores how we allow and prevent awakening in our interactions with others, using a story from the Vimalakirti Sutra as a guide. This talk was given Sunday, June 9.
This last Sunday the Dharma School Students performed skits to show the sangha what they had learned from this last year. You can draw your own conclusion of what was learned from the picture above. This marked the end of the school year for Dharma School. All of the students are now looking forward to… Read more »
Saturday June 1, Dharma Rain held is annual Sangha Appreciation Day. This is the annual fundraiser that helps fund Dharma Rain’s operations budget. Dharma Rain would like to thank everyone who helped us reach our goal of $20,000. By reaching our goal Dharma Rain is able to keep the costs of our programs low.
As we end Ango and approach the summer, the way we practice changes for many of us. Forms are reduced and relaxed as people go on vacations, spend more time outdoors, and often less time in the zendo. Genko explores some ways that we practice with this change, the value of it, and the vague… Read more »
This last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting Sue Moon presenting a workshop on her book, Hidden Lamp. The book is filled with stories of women of the way. The workshop included some writing exercises and and opportunity to share on an important woman in your life. Thank you to Gyoshi and Daiko for… Read more »
This Sunday Kyri Kengan Trieman, who is the guiding teacher for the Daoren Circle, will talk about practice when we are away from the temple. This talk was given Sunday, May 12.
Coming up in the month of June we have two important events. First, on June 1 we have Appreciating Sangha. Second, on June 18 Genzo-e starts. Appreciating Sangha June 1 is the day that Dharma Rain holds its annual fundraiser. It is an afternoon of Food, Friends and Fun on our Siskiyou Campus. “Appreciating Sangha”… Read more »
We put a lot of effort in our Zen Practice into examining who we are. Kakumyo speaks to the balance of knowing who we are, and still being curious to seeing new parts of ourselves. This talk was given Sunday, May 12.
Buddhists around the world traditionally celebrate the birth of the Buddha in the spring. Our celebration here at Dharma Rain this year is this coming Sunday. The children’s sangha decorates a bower for the baby Buddha to stand in, and then during morning service we all process together and pour sweet tea over the Buddha’s… Read more »
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. Most of the groups… Read more »