Editor’s Note: Gyokuko sent this letter to the governing councils. I’d like to give some advance notice to the temple leadership regarding the next step in our sangha’s process of succession. It’s a long and involved process which is part of how we ensure the spiritual vitality, social harmony and institutional longevity of our sangha.… Read more »
This Sunday Kakumyo will speak about his upcoming kessei term as part of the preparation for becoming co-abbot. His taking up this challenge suggests a question for all of us: How do we blend the depth of insight and the routine of integrity with the complexities and inadequacies of our embodied lives? Drawing beauty from… Read more »
Our Sodo is nearing completion! However, there is still a lot of important work that needs to happen before it can be fully operational with an occupancy permit. Now the paid contractors are finished and almost everything else needs to be done by our own volunteer efforts. If you would like to help finish our… Read more »
We did it! Because of the generosity of our Sangha and friends, we exceeded our $500,000 Matching Gift Challenge by raising $389,530. Coupled with the $250,000 matching challenge gift from our anonymous donor, our Matching Gift Challenge fundraising totaled $639,530. The success of our challenge brings Phase 1 of Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign… Read more »
What are the markers of maturity in the practice? How do we define this subjective term? We teach that practice is enlightenment, there are no stages of enlightenment. Yet there are real markers of development in practice, qualities we develop and can recognize over time. One is generosity, giving the self freely. A sense of… Read more »
With the start of the new year, we resume regular Wednesday work practice, beginning about 9:30 and going to about 4pm. Lunch is provided at the 85th House at 12:30pm. Work continues on the engawa, and landscaping projects are gearing up. A special work practice day will be on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday,… Read more »
Doug Fir, our high school Dharma School class, hit the town on Saturday night (January 2). We had dinner in the Eco-Trust building, an exciting and eventful Zen-themed scavenger hunt in Powell’s, and finished the evening with dessert at Ben and Jerry’s. We all had a great time!
Paul Metzger’s new book, Evangelical Zen, is getting some buzz. Northwest Dharma Association published an article by Paul Metzger, who recounts some of the highlights of that dialogue and his new book. See the article here. On Jan. 26, Metzger is to read from “Evangelical Zen: A Christian’s Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend,” with… Read more »
This story was published in the East Oregonian December 18. Inmates in Eastern Oregon prison take to an old Eastern practice to better life. Joe Engum of Pendleton started mediating because of a personal trauma. And for eight years now, Engum has been sharing that practice with other men experiencing troubles — inmates at state… Read more »
Genko takes up racial justice, and struggles to fit it within Dharma practice. What exactly IS political activism? How can it be effective? Is it important? Why or why not? How do we find what is uniquely ours to do about this and other social justice issues? How DOES it relate to our practice within… Read more »
Last week was Rohatsu Sesshin, our longest, deepest retreat of the year. We had 30-40 people at most meals, and often 40-50 in the evenings in the Sodo at zazen. Several people stayed overnight on the floor in the two houses, some stayed in nearby hotels, and three people stayed in trailers parked beside Uji.… Read more »
In this week of Rohatsu, let us not deny the possibility of enlightenment. Join us this Sunday, December 6, for zazen, sanzen and Bukkai’s Dharma Talk. Bukkai and Shintai offer sanzen. 8:30am Zazen (with optional sanzen) 9:00 Kinhin (walking meditation) 9:10 Zazen 9:40 Full Morning Service 10:10 Break/Announcements 10:30 Walking the Path in Darkness and… Read more »
Gyokuko is finding a new way to look at frugality. This talk was given Sunday, November 29.
What does it mean to be dignified? We use the word freely and in many contexts, but may find that a definition is not easy. The Buddhist view of dignity is a little different from the conventional one. Is dignity an inherent quality? What does it mean to act in an undignified manner? Are there… Read more »
While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “When I walked through the doors of Dharma Rain eight years ago, it didn’t occur to me that it would become… Read more »
Wednesday’s work practice was presented with the gift of a beautiful sunny day in the midst of a wet, windy week. 17 people came in from Great Vow Zen Monastery to work with us on various projects. (The photo of the courtyard was taken in Thursday morning’s rainy weather.) The courtyard needs to be able… Read more »