Garden Care

May 28, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Dharma Rain Zen Center campus
8500 NE Siskiyou St
Portland, OR 97220
Think of a garden: what do you see? Flowers? Vegetables? Green? Color? Arbors and arches, or perfectly grouped kitchen herbs?
Think of a garden: what do you feel? Peaceful? Relaxed? Excited? Amused?
What is a garden to you? A place to explore? To work? To relax? To spend time with friends or loved ones? A place of healing?
Each of us has our own relationship to our temple garden just as each of us has our own relationship to the zendo. You are invited to notice and enjoy the temple gardens as the year progresses and the seasons change.
Additionally, you are invited to come and participate in the ‘caring for’ of the garden. Each day we will have a variety of activities with which you can engage. Feeling quiet? We’ll have solitary tasks available. Feeling sociable and wanting to work on a project that involves others? We’ll have group projects available as well.
Each of the days below will have Garden Care times. These will take elements of Zen practice (beginning with a chant, encouragement towards mindfulness and care of spaces, beings, and tools, ending with a dedication of merit) and combine them with a love of the outdoors, Portland weather, and creating or strengthening sangha friendships. No need for silence, unless you want to be silent!
Wednesday mornings 9:30am-11:30am (except for when the temple is in sesshin)
Saturday May 28, 9:30am-11:30am
Saturday June 4, 9:30am-11:30am
Saturday July 2, 9:30am-11:30am
Saturday August 13, 9:30am-11:30am
More Saturday dates will be added as time progresses. Please dress for the weather. We have gloves and tools to use.

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