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Dharma Cloud Lineage

The Dharma Cloud lineage has its origins in Roshi Jiyu Kennett (click here to read our lineage history) and passes through Kyogen and Gyokuko Carlson,  founding abbots of Dharma Rain Zen Center. Kyogen, Gyokuko and Jiyu Kennett all share the “Way” name (part of a dharma name) “Houn,” which means Dharma Cloud.

Read about our lineage here.

The Dharma Cloud lineage teachers, groups, and centers share mutual respect and a familial dharma flavor. If Bright Way appeals to you but you live in a different area or are traveling (or just curious!), you may want to visit these other sanghas:

Dharma Rain Zen Center
Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
Sallie Jiko Tisdale
Genko Rainwater
Mike Gyoshi Kaplan
Jyoshin Clay
Mark Sosetsu Stauffer
Kyri Kengan Treiman
Shin’yu Vitells
Portland, OR (NE)

Wy’East Zen Center
Emilie Teiko Cartoun
Jyoshin Clay
Jody Shintai Dungay
Sandy, OR

Valley Zen Circle
Jill Bukkai Washburn
Monmouth, OR

Empty Field Farm Zendo and Zenwest
Deb Seido Martin
Blachly, OR and Eugene, OR

Pendleton Sitting Group
Joseph Mugaku Engum
Monday evenings, 7-9pm
Email sammie(at)
Pendleton, OR

Prison Sanghas
Dharma Rain conducts an active prison program in many locations, listed below. For more information on them, click here.

Oregon State Penitentiary
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, medium and minimum
MacLaren Youth
Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility
Two Rivers Correctional Facility
Columbia River Correctional Institution