Wednesday evening classes

There is a class at the Zen Center most Wednesday nights, except during the summer months (see below) and the month of December. Classes focus primarily on Buddhadharma (Buddhist teaching), particularly from the Soto Zen perspective. Recordings of current classes are found below as they are available. For past classes, please contact the Center for links.

All Wednesday night programs are free and open to the public. Though there is no charge, donations are gratefully accepted.

During the summer (June through August), we don’t have classes on Wednesday night. Instead, we alternate between two formats: one is two periods of sitting separated by kinhin (walking meditation) and followed by Vespers; and the other is one period of sitting followed by a discussion led by a senior member.

Format A (Double Sit)
Will be June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23

7-7:10pm Evening Service (Fukanzazengi)
7:10-7:40pm Zazen
7:40-7:50pm Kinhin (slow walking meditation)
7:50-8:20pm Zazen
8:20-8:30pm Vespers

Format B (Discussion)
Will be June 7, July 5, 19, August 2, 16, 30

7-7:10pm Evening Service (Fukanzazengi)
7:10-7:40pm Zazen
7:40-7:50pm Break
7:50~8:30-9pm Discussion led by a senior member
After Discussion: Vespers

Fall Classes

Beginning September 6, Wednesday evening classes will begin again, starting at 7:50pm. Genko leads a five-class series on Kyogen Carlson’s book Zen in the American Grain until October 4. Genko will bring books to class for sale at $10 each.

Our annual Foundational Teachings class, exploring the basic teachings of Buddhism, begins October 11, taught by Jiko and Shintai.

Dharma Studies / Seminary

Dharma Studies / Seminary 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 toward graduation, or for personal enrichment without concern for credit. In either case, Dharma Studies / Seminary classes are intended for members who are senior practitioners with an understanding of fundamental Buddhist and Soto Zen concepts and vocabulary. Tuition is $120/term.

Dharma studies classes are in-depth explorations of Dharma available to members of Dharma Rain or its affiliated groups for personal enrichment. Students may choose to audit the material by attending classes and reading, or do the class assignment for their own experience. Tuition is $60/term.

The seminary program is for the training of members who expect to move into leadership and instructor roles. These students must apply and meet specified criteria. Their class work will be subject to a higher level of observation and review, with a focus on their ability to integrate and express the material. When a person enters the seminary training track, their prior work in seminary-level courses is reviewed, and it may be requested that they repeat a class in order to have their work assessed at this greater level of scrutiny.

See more information about the Seminary program, including prerequisites and how to apply.

This fall, Kakumyo and Jyoshin will teach a class on Mahayana Philosophy, looking especially at the Madyamika and Yogacara schools. The first class is Friday, August 18 from 6-9pm. Others will be Tuesdays, 7-9pm: September 12 & 26; October 10 & 24; November 7 & 21; and a final Saturday, December 2, from 2-5pm.

Seminary Class Registration - Mahayana Philosophy - Fall 2017

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Independent Study Groups

Authorized instructors and teachers may offer study groups intended for enrichment, with permission of the Dharma Council. Such small group classes or groups are not considered seminary classes and will not count for credit toward Seminary requirements. Instructors may manage these groups independently: they can set prerequisites, limit numbers, require reading outside of class time and so on.

Each small group study has a fee of $30 to cover building costs. The instructor handles registration and is responsible for collecting fees.