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. We strive to navigate a Middle Way between a sense of the sacred, mysterious, and ceremonial, and light-hearted songs-and-games. Children learn tools for tackling the deeper questions and have a good time doing it. 

Dharma School is for children and young people ages 3-18 (we are now able to take younger children) who are interested in Buddhism or who come from Buddhist homes.

We also offer a Parents’ Group for parents of Dharma School students. Parents’ Group offers an opportunity to explore parenting as a Zen Buddhist practice, and the possibilities of home practice. This is a time to share our experiences and to sit together. The group is drop in; there’s no need to register separately for it.

We do not require that either the family or the child identify as Buddhist, much less as a Soto Zen Buddhist. Some Dharma School students have no affiliation with Dharma Rain Zen Center outside of Dharma School. Acknowledging the validity of the spiritual path that their parents are on is an important part of supporting these children. We do ask that children have parental consent, that they are interested in Buddhism, and are willing to participate fully. Parents who are interested in Buddhism are encouraged to participate in Dharma Rain adult programs.

Class runs on alternating Sundays from 9:45 am – 11:30 am.

The Dharma School 2023-2024 session is currently underway. If you are interested in joining mid-year, please contact Shin’yu at .

Students are divided into the following groups for 2023-24

Willow: 3-6 yr olds

Dogwood: 2nd-3rd grade

Cedar: 4th-5th grade

Spruce: Middle school

Doug Fir: High school

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