Around a dozen people attended Jiko's talk. She spoke of the history of lineage and how we work with it in our spiritual practice. She also spoke of her own process involved in uncovering this hidden history of women in Buddhism. She read some of the stories to us, a wish from the audience. The amount we raised from this intimate group came to $69, which helps us cover the costs of the festival!
Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom
Friday, May 26, 2006, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Portland Dharma Center
SE 25th and Madison, Portland, Oregon
Fundraiser for Portland's 3rd Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park: Finding Refuge
Oregon author Sallie Tisdale will give a reading and talk on her latest book, "Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom" at the Portland Dharma Center on May 26. Ms. Tisdale offers this talk as a fundraising benefit for the 3rd annual celebration of Buddhism in Portland known formerly as Change Your Mind Day. This year the festival will have the theme "Finding Refuge," which will be held on June 3 in Colonel Summers Park in Southeast Portland.
Ms. Tisdale's book finds an eager audience among Zen Buddhists. A fellow congregant at her home temple says, "It is entirely appropriate and inspiring that a lay Buddhist and now ordained monk with over 20 years of Buddhist practice has uncovered and celebrated a lineage of teachers and notable disciples long ignored, shunned or forgotten due to their gender." He says her book is "insightful and compassionate," and is "a gift to all people on a spiritual path."
Organizers of the festival are delighted to have Ms. Tisdale offer her skills in support of the Buddhist festival. Her own teacher, Kyogen Carlson of Dharma Rain Zen Center, will be one of the teachers giving a talk on June 3. At the free festival, "Finding Refuge," all are welcome, whether individuals or families, community members or those seeking a Buddhist group, or those simply curious.
A $5 donation is requested from those attending the book talk on May 26, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dharma Rain Zen Center will have books available for sale, and Sallie Jiko Tisdale will be available to sign books after her talk. Portland Dharma Center requests visitors avoid parking in front of neighbors' houses, and use the Rivermark parking lot on Hawthorne. Bus lines 14, 70, and 15 are nearby. Directions found here.