Finding your place in the practice of Zen and in a spiritual community is not always easy. Taking Your Seat is a program offered approximately every two years, which is 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 typically begins in September and includes about five meetings over the course of three months.
Meetings include discussions and exercises, as well as informal social time and chances to practice forms. Topics are 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 period are 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.