Affiliated and Related Groups

Bright Way Zen

BrightWayLogoBright Way Zen meets in the Cedar Mill area on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm and is led by Domyo Burk. It is conveniently located for people in Washington County. Visit our web page, for a schedule, directions and more.

Empty Field Farm Zendo and Zen West

Retreats and seasonal weekly meditation are held at the Empty Field Zendo, a rustic retreat located on a small organic farm in Oregon’s coast range. Zen West is an affiliated group that meets on Thursday evenings in Eugene. It offers an intimate setting for lay practitioners exploring the wisdom of the Zen tradition within a Western awareness of psychology and social responsibility. Contact Seido for more information:

Hood River Meetings

The Hood River sitting group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for meditation, with a monk from Portland visiting once a month. See their website, for more information.

Valley Zen Circle

Valley Zen Circle meets weekly in Dallas, Oregon. Contact the office at Dharma Rain for more information.


Pendleton sitting group meets weekly, Monday evenings, 7-9 offering two periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, tea and talk. Beginners encouraged, please call for first visit instructions. Contact: Joseph Mugaku Engum 541-276-0038 or [sammie at].

Wy’East Zen Center

Meditation and Discussion Group: Wednesdays, Celtic Spirit Yoga, 38736 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy. 6:00pm Meditation hall open. You are welcome to come, ask questions and look around. Brief orientation and introduction to meditation available 6:00pm-6:20pm. 6:30-6:40pm Chanting service. 6:40pm-7:20pm sitting meditation. 7:20pm-8:15pm Dharma Talk/ Discussion.Wy’East Zen Center. Contact Emilie Teiko Cartoun at [emilie at] or call 503-997-3193. Check out our blog.

Prison Sanghas

Dharma Rain conducts an active prison program in several locations, listed below.

Oregon State Penitentiary
This group meets every first and third Tuesday evening with the OSP sangha. The evening includes zazen and a short service followed by class and discussion. Gyoshi and Chisho regularly go in to OSP. On fifth Tuesdays, Gyoshi meets with men who request personal meetings. They also do a day-long retreat every other month, alternating with Shambhala.

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Medium: Friday evenings 7-9pm. Includes zazen, class and discussion, and check-in. Facilitated by Genko.

Minimum: 2nd, 4th, and 5th Mondays 7-9pm. Includes check-in, zazen, class and discussion, and a brief closing service. Facilitated by Genko and O-Ren assisting.

Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility
Mugaku facilitates a group in this facility every Thursday evening 6:20-8:20pm.

Two Rivers Correctional Facility
Mugaku meets with this sangha every Wednesday evening 6:30-8:30pm.

Columbia River Correctional Institution
This group is meeting the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays of the month. Genko leads this group, along with Daicho, Guy Berliner, Shokei, and Ruben Rivera.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility
This group has been on-again, off-again for several years. The last few years two volunteers have been leading the group. The group has strong support from the Chaplain, and has been meeting once a week with attendance by 4-12 young men. Now circumstances are resulting in one of the DRZC volunteers suspending his participation and the other needing to reduce his role to assisting with meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The meetings run from 6PM to 7:30PM. A new leader for the MacLaren group is needed to keep the program alive.