I have been a member of NW Zen Sangha (DRZC) for 20+ years. The organization has been vital to me and my family. The DharmaGarden programs give children an opportunity to discover who they are in a safe, supportive and respectful environment. There is more demand for the Children's program than space to provide it, so this organization needs to grow. I appreciate that DRZC strives value and honor all forms of diversity.
I have been involved with Dharma Rain since 1990, moved away, and returned in 2005. This was my first experience of Sangha and Buddhism. My children have attended the Dharma School and Camp sInce 2005. Wonderful teachers, supportive environment for exploring the Dharma for the whole family.
Guided by the wisdom of our Abbots, Kyogen and Gyokuko Carlson, Dharma Rain Zen Center (DRZC) has been teaching people how to cultivate peace of mind for more than 25 years. From the Introduction to Meditation workshop to the multiple weekly opportunities for group meditation, DRZC has provided me with guidance and the many benefits of Buddhist practice. Our popular Wednesday night classes provide an introduction to Buddhism, and seminary classes allow senior students a deeper look into Buddhist sutras, history, and philosophy. Throughout the year we offer silent meditation retreats that last from one day to a weekend to a whole week. We operate a robust Prison Program that reaches out to six different correctional institutions. Our nationally recognized children’s program serves as a model for Buddhist organizations across the country.
I have learned and grown from all of these programs over a period of many years, and I am pleased to now be serving on the DRZC Board of Directors.
Currently, the children’s program is turning away families because of lack of space; some rooms serve triple-duty as dining-, meditation-, and meeting-spaces; and our Zendo is often full to capacity on Sunday mornings. So we are in the process of undertaking a profound transformation as we expand onto a new fourteen acre campus. You can help us make this dream a reality by contributing to our capital campaign, so that we can continue to share the stillness and wisdom of meditation practice on into the future.
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