“Fundraising” Tag

New App for Donations and Payments

A new way to make donations or payments to DRZC is now available through a free app. GivePlus is designed for smart phones, and is compatible with Apple and Android devices. After downloading the app, you can either enter Dharma Rain Zen Center or tap the Find Churches Near Me link. You can do a […]

DRZC T-Shirts: Available for a Limited Time Only!

Support Dharma Rain and look good doing it by purchasing a Dharma Rain t-shirt! Shirts are available in four styles and an array of sizes, and proceeds will go directly to Dharma Rain’s operating fund. You can opt to have the shirt mailed to you for a small fee, or pick it up at Uji […]

Sharing the Light – Get Your Tickets Now

Our special gala party is coming up March 4, at McMenamin’s Kennedy School, featuring dinner, dancing, live music, and fun with good friends old and new. The evening will also have an opportunity to donate to our annual operating budget to keep the doors open and programs thriving. A $50 ticket admits you and a […]

Barnraising! at Siskiyou Square

This last Saturday, April 2, something like 100 people showed up for a good old-fashioned barnraising, as we worked on the new workshop. The weather was perfect, and though we had more trouble than anticipated getting up the first arch and keeping it up, we recovered on the second by getting a scissorlift to provide […]

May Sit

Come celebrate the completion of our beautiful new Sodo and Phase I of our new campus in typical Zen style …by sitting very still for 31 days. During the month of May, the Sodo will be open and staffed every day from 5:30am to 9:30pm (except Sundays, which start at 8:30am). We will hold our […]

Barnraising Party!

Please join us next Saturday, April 2nd, for a good old fashioned barnraising. It’s a family-friendly event and all are welcome, whether you come to watch, to work, to cheer us on, or just meet some of our new neighbors. If you are new to Dharma Rain, its a great way to get to know […]

Lotus Blooming Update

Last week we celebrated that through your generosity, the Lotus Blooming capital campaign raised more money in less time than we expected. Hurray! People have been asking what that means. So, here you go: It means we’ll have enough to finish the Sodo and the workshop, and get our certificate of occupancy. This chart also […]

Come Join Us for a Barnraising!

Save the date for a celebratory event the first Saturday of April. On April 2nd we will put up the workshop building. We’re going to make it a festive afternoon and evening, with a barbecue dinner and a band with a caller and dancing. The event doubles as our annual fundraiser, raising funds to help […]

Lotus Blooming Update

We had a very successful fall, and raised the funds needed to finish the Sodo and the workshop. You helped us pass our stated goals for the Indiegogo crowdfunding, the August-December Matching Challenge, and the three-year Lotus Blooming Campaign as a whole (see chart). Even better, we did so faster than planned: Lotus Blooming was […]

We Did It! Gratitude and Bows

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 […]

Lotus Blooming: Why Does it Matter?

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 […]

Lotus Blooming: Why Does it Matter?

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? “I care about restoring the land and providing a place for this community to come together. Dharma Rain has come to […]

Our Anonymous Donor Ups the Ante!

In August, our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – Lotus Blooming – received a major boost. An anonymous donor gave us a $200,000 matching gift to help us wrap-up fundraising by December 31, 2015. If we raised $200,000, we would receive all of the $200,000 matching gift. Our donor agreed to match […]

$400,000 Matching Gift Challenge Going Strong!

Our crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo – Planting Zen & The May Sit – continues making progress with your help. As of today, 194 donors from Germany, Australia, Costa Rica, Canada and the U.S. have given $26,125 – all of which will be matched 1:1 by our anonymous donor. With only several weeks left to […]

Help Planting Zen Go Viral!

Many thanks to all of you who have shared our Indiegogo crowd funding campaign – Planting Zen & The May Sit – with your friends, family and neighbors. As a result of your outreach, 173 people have donated $23,642 – 47% of our $50,000 goal! Planting Zen got a great boost on KGW News last […]

Help Planting Zen Go Viral Right Away!

Dharma Rain launched our first-ever crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo this week. Planting Zen and The May Sit has a goal of raising $50,000 in just 40 days. In the first few days, 115 people have donated $16,736. Our crowd funding campaign is one component of our current $400,000 matching gift challenge. That means that […]

Lotus Blooming: $400,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – has received a major boost! An anonymous donor has given us a $200,000 matching gift to help us wrap-up fundraising for Phase 1 by December 31st. Successfully finishing Phase 1 will enable us to complete our new meditation hall (“Sodo”). To get […]

Lotus Blooming: $400,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – has received a major boost! An anonymous donor has given us a $200,000 matching gift to help us wrap-up fundraising for Phase 1 by December 31st. Successfully finishing Phase 1 will enable us to complete our new meditation hall (“Sodo”). To get […]

Lotus Booming: $400,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square – just received a major boost! An anonymous donor has given us a $200,000 matching gift to help us wrap-up fundraising for Phase 1 by December 31st. Successfully finishing Phase 1 will enable us to complete our Sodo and Workshop. To get all […]

Lotus Blooming Grants: $732,662 and Counting!

More good news: we recently received another grant – our 12th – for the environmental restoration component of Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded Dharma Rain $30,000. This brings the total of grant funds awarded to our project to $732,662 – far exceeding our original goal of $500,000. […]

Lotus Blooming: Why Does it Matter?

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “Dharma Rain’ on SE Madison was cozy and warm. To me, our new temple is effort and sacrifice – and I […]

Lotus Blooming: Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “Dharma Rain has been a fundamental part of who I have become, or at least many of the aspects I am […]

Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

Wednesday’s (June 10, 2015) celebration of the $200,000 grant from the EPA for brownfield cleanup and mitigation included speakers saying wonderful things about the project at Siskiyou Square. Speakers included Kakumyo Lowe-Charde; Representatives from EPA Brownfields Program, DEQ Brownfields Program, City of Portland, Senator Ron Wyden’s office, Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office, Business Oregon, and Metro. […]

Lotus Blooming

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “We consider ourselves profoundly blessed to be a part of contributing to strengthening the foundation for living a life of mindfulness […]

Lotus Blooming: Why Does It Matter?

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “About 17 years ago I came to Dharma Rain Zen Center for the first time. I followed a friend here for […]

Lotus Blooming: Why Does It Matter?

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? Thomas Koshin Bruner has made a three-year pledge of $10,000 to Lotus Blooming. He says: “Dharma Rain Zen Center has changed […]

Lotus Blooming: Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

While Lotus Blooming – our fundraising campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square – is about money, our vision and aspiration for Siskiyou Square is about the Dharma. So, why does Lotus Blooming matter? “The goal of our practice is to experience and be in harmony with a sense of spaciousness and abundance in life. […]

Lotus Blooming: All In!

Our Sangha has made significant progress in our bold, multi-year vision to Plant Zen In Siskiyou Square. Half of us have contributed thus far, and our goal and need remains 100% Sangha participation. With gifts and pledges ranging from $100 to $100,000, the generosity of Sangha members is fueling Lotus Blooming – our campaign to […]

Lotus Blooming: Impact of Multi-Year Pledges

With gifts and pledges ranging from $100 to $100,000, the generosity of Sangha members is fueling Lotus Blooming – our campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square. Half of us have contributed thus far, and our goal remains 100% Sangha participation. Many of us have opted to donate by making a multi-year pledge. Multi-year pledges […]

Dana (Generosity), Gratitude & Lotus Blooming

In Buddhism, the teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless. In the Buddhist tradition we also practice “dana” – or generosity – by making monetary offerings. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but […]

Lotus Blooming: Consider a Multi-Year Pledge

Donations from Sangha members are the fuel behind Lotus Blooming – Dharma Rain’s campaign to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square. Phase I of Lotus Blooming includes completion of the Sodo, Dormitories, Workshop and Offices. Our fundraising goal for Phase I is $1 million. So far, almost half of Dharma Rain members have donated or pledged […]

Lotus Blooming: Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square

We just updated the Lotus Blooming page! Dharma Rain Zen Center’s capital campaign for Planting Zen in Siskiyou Square is an effort to transform a brownfield into a space for spiritual practice, community connection and native habitat. Dharma Rain is committed to raising $1 million in individual donations to make Phase I of this inspiring […]