EIN 93-6095067

Northwest Zen Sangha

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To provide for the Transmission of the teachings and practice of Soto Zen Buddhism. To be a sanctuary of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha in such a way as to cultivate compassion, love, wisdom and understanding within the members. To preserve the Transmissio...
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Dharma Rain Zen Center

Program areas at Northwest Zen Sangha

Residential Practice: Residential practice is an opportunity for members to live in the Center, part-time or full-time. Dharma Rain Zen Center residents commit to becoming an intimate part of the residential community as well as deepening their relationship to the larger DRZC Sangha. They commit to spending more time and energy doing formal practice within the context of Sangha than is usually possible outside of residency. During their term of residency they seek out and accept guidance from the Center teachers, Soto Zen teachings, and the dharma inherent in the Center's training matrix and traditions. As much as personal commitments allow, residents attend daily zazen, communal meals, Wednesday evening and Sunday morning programs, work practice days, monthly Fusatsu and in-town retreats. Four shared and/or private rooms are available to live in community with our abbot and four ordained priests.
Children's Programs Dharma Garden: Dharma School - During the school year from Sept-May, twice a month children's classes are held during Sunday service. Through stories and songs, art projects and games, discussions and ritual, children in our Dharma School are offered opportunities to deepen their understanding of themselves, the teachings of Buddhism and the practice of the Dharma in their daily lives. Dharma Camp - Mandala on the Mountain is a week long summer camp, for kids aged nine through eighteen who are interested in Buddhism. Dharma Rain Zen Center has been running these camps since 1994. Campers come from a variety of traditions and have different levels of familiarity with Buddhism. The mountain retreat encourages mindfulness while exploring nature and enjoying traditional summer camp activities. Dharma Camp has grown to include campers from across the United States. This year we hosted 57 kids with a staff of 27 volunteers. Pre-School Program: Frog Song Montessori Pre-School will begin classes in early Sept 2015. Ten students age 3-5 years old are enrolled in the half day program.
Adult Programs: Retreats & Workshops - Approximately every six weeks, the Center holds a retreat. These range from one-day retreats on Saturdays (Zazenkai) and weekend retreats to a week-long intensive Sesshin, a term which means "examine the heart." Retreats include meditation and services, tea, class, work periods, and some also include an opportunity for discussion and questions. Periods of focused practice are an ancient and vital part of Buddhist, and especially Zen, tradition. At retreat we have an opportunity to focus on deep meditation and inner reflection. The longer retreats include the opportunity for private interviews with teachers, lectures and special ceremonies, as well as formal meals (oryoki) and longer periods of meditation. Dharma Studies and Seminary - Advanced classes are intended to create and maintain a shared body of knowledge and understanding about Dharma and Soto Zen within the Sangha. Classes may be taken for formal seminary credit, or for personal enrichment.

Form 990s for Northwest Zen Sangha

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2015-082016-07-22990View PDF
2014-082015-08-17990View PDF
2013-082014-01-28990View PDF
2012-082013-02-06990View PDF

Who funds Northwest Zen Sangha

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The William James Silverstein Family TrustProgram Support$28,000
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Financials for Northwest Zen Sangha

RevenuesFYE 08/2015
Total grants, contributions, etc.$706,033
Program services$53,988
Investment income and dividends$133
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$760,154

Personnel at Northwest Zen Sangha

Kelly Klooster-MccombsCorporate Treasurer$17,189
Andrea Gyokuko CarlsonPresident , Abbot$21,594
Genko Sylvan RainwaterCorporate Secretary$0
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General information
3105 NE 84th Street
Portland, OR 97220
Metro area
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
Website URL
(503) 239-4846
IRS details
Fiscal year end
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
X50: Buddhist
NAICS code, primary
813110: Religious Organizations
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