Taking Your Seat

Finding your place in the practice of Zen and in a spiritual community is not always easy. Taking Your Seat is a program designed to help newer members of Dharma Rain establish their meditation practice, create warm relationships with other members, and become part of the temple community.

Taking Your Seat is for active members of Dharma Rain in their first two years of practice. The program begins in September and includes six meetings over the course of four months. Leaders are Gay Kei’un Lewis and Sallie Jiko Tisdale with support from Anthony Fujaku Stevens and Thomas Koshin Bruner.

Meetings will include discussions and exercises, as well as informal social time and chances to practice forms. Topics will be based partly on what the group wants and needs, but may include a review of foundational teachings, practicing oryoki, investigating mondo, exploring the purpose of formal practice, how Dharma Rain is organized, and gateways for practice of Dharma Rain — or just having dinner together. Attendance at all or part of a formal sesshin during this six-month period will be encouraged and supported. There will be many chances to ask questions and get to know each other in the context of practice and the treasure of Sangha.