For more detailed information on an event, including location or registration information, click on the event on the calendar below. To view important dates in our Liturgical Year or for more information, see the quarterly flyer for upcoming dates.

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Ango Morning Program 5:30 am
Ango Morning Program
Dec 1 @ 5:30 am – 7:45 am
During the Fall Ango term (September 1 through December 12), we increase our zazen time by starting zazen an hour earlier. The service is modified from Full Morning Service, slightly shorter, and alternates between one... Read more »
Ango Midday Sit 11:30 am
Ango Midday Sit
Dec 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday through Saturday (with some exceptions) during Fall Ango (September 1 through December 11) we host a midday sit. There is a posture adjustment bell at noon, and closing bells at 12:25pm. It is open... Read more »
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Ango Morning Program 5:30 am
Ango Morning Program
Dec 2 @ 5:30 am – 7:45 am
During the Fall Ango term (September 1 through December 12), we increase our zazen time by starting zazen an hour earlier. The service is modified from Full Morning Service, slightly shorter, and alternates between one... Read more »
Study Group – Understanding the Mind 9:45 am
Study Group – Understanding the Mind
Dec 2 @ 9:45 am – 11:15 am
Flying Fish Murphy is teaching a study group will be based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Understanding the Mind.  The book looks in depth at the 50 verses on the nature of consciousness by Buddhist... Read more »
Ango Midday Sit 11:30 am
Ango Midday Sit
Dec 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday through Saturday (with some exceptions) during Fall Ango (September 1 through December 11) we host a midday sit. There is a posture adjustment bell at noon, and closing bells at 12:25pm. It is open... Read more »
Inter-Sangha Engaged Buddhism Discussion Group 7:00 pm
Inter-Sangha Engaged Buddhism Discussion Group
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Are you engaging your Buddhist practice to work for equality, climate action, and social/political transformation? This inter-sangha, Engaged Buddhism discussion group aspires to help you recharge, reset and see your aspirations reflected in your peers.... Read more »
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Ango Morning Program 5:30 am
Ango Morning Program
Dec 3 @ 5:30 am – 7:45 am
During the Fall Ango term (September 1 through December 12), we increase our zazen time by starting zazen an hour earlier. The service is modified from Full Morning Service, slightly shorter, and alternates between one... Read more »
7-Up Group 10:00 am
7-Up Group
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Designed to address the needs of senior practitioners in the community, this monthly discussion group is open to DRZC members who have had at least seven years of practice in a meditation tradition. Not all... Read more »
Ango Midday Sit 11:30 am
Ango Midday Sit
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday through Saturday (with some exceptions) during Fall Ango (September 1 through December 11) we host a midday sit. There is a posture adjustment bell at noon, and closing bells at 12:25pm. It is open... Read more »
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Rohatsu Sesshin 7:00 pm
Rohatsu Sesshin
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 11 @ 8:00 am
Rohatsu Sesshin @ Sodo
Rohatsu commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment, traditionally December 8th. This is our longest and most intense retreat of the year, and is the culmination of a year of training. Six full days of stillness, silence, moving... Read more »
Sunday Morning Program 8:30 am
Sunday Morning Program
Dec 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
The attendance cap is now 50 people, all welcome. If we overflow, there is seating in the dining hall and on the engawa (outside deck). Masks recommended indoors with food and drink to be taken... Read more »
Dharma School 10:00 am
Dharma School
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Dharma School begins on September 18th and registration is open for children ages 5 through high school. We meet on alternate Sundays from 10:00am to 11:30am. Parents are welcome to join during this time for... Read more »
Prison Support Group 12:00 pm
Prison Support Group
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dharma Rain Zen Center facilitates a monthly support group primarily for prison grads making the transition into life “outside.” This group meets the first Sunday of each month. The group is open to prison grads... Read more »
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Sunday Morning Program 8:30 am
Sunday Morning Program
Dec 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
The attendance cap is now 50 people, all welcome. If we overflow, there is seating in the dining hall and on the engawa (outside deck). Masks recommended indoors with food and drink to be taken... Read more »
Shuso Hossen 10:15 am
Shuso Hossen
Dec 11 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
The current shuso, Rinsho, will take her  “final exam,” presenting a verse and answering questions from teachers and sangha members. Come help “prod the loaf” to see whether she’s done. This will take the place... Read more »
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Wednesday Evening Double Sit 7:00 pm
Wednesday Evening Double Sit
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fall term Wednesday evening classes are finished. (Join us in January for Precepts study.) Tonight, we do a double-sit on this schedule: 7-7:10pm Evening Service (Fukanzazengi) 7:10-7:40pm Zazen 7:40-7:50pm Kinhin (slow walking meditation) 7:50-8:20pm Zazen... Read more »
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Board Meeting 7:00 pm
Board Meeting
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Board of Directors meets at least monthly. If you have concerns you wish the Board to address, please contact the Board  ahead of the meeting; they will send you a Zoom link so that... Read more »
Dharma Council Meeting 7:00 pm
Dharma Council Meeting
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Dharma Council meets once a month on Thursdays. The Dharma Council primarily focuses on how the teachings of the Dharma are presented at Dharma Rain. Members are welcome to attend meetings and bring issues... Read more »
Intro to Zen Meditation 7:00 pm
Intro to Zen Meditation
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Introduction to Zen Meditation workshop is designed for complete beginners, but it is also recommended for anyone who has not received instruction in the Soto Zen style of zazen. No previous experience is necessary.... Read more »
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DEI Discussion Forum 10:00 am
DEI Discussion Forum
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This forum provides an opportunity for all to share our hopes and aspirations for the DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) work at Dharma Rain. Hosted by the DEI Committee. Everyone is invited!Share this:Click to share on... Read more »
Fusatsu 7:00 pm
Fusatsu
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fusatsu acknowledges the truth of suffering and allows us to confess a shortcoming before the altar. We atone for the beginningless greed, hate, and delusion, renew our practice vows, and rededicate ourselves to our intention... Read more »
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Sunday Morning Program 8:30 am
Sunday Morning Program
Dec 18 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
The attendance cap is now 50 people, all welcome. If we overflow, there is seating in the dining hall and on the engawa (outside deck). Masks recommended indoors with food and drink to be taken... Read more »
Taking Your Seat 12:00 pm
Taking Your Seat
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Taking Your Seat is a program designed to help newer members of Dharma Rain establish their meditation practice, create cohort-like warm relationships with other members, and delve deeper as part of the temple community. This... Read more »
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Temple Closed End of Year
Temple Closed End of Year
Dec 20 – Dec 31 all-day
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New Year’s Eve Celebration 9:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Dec 31 2022 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2023 @ 12:30 am
Join us for an annual celebration for the new year. It will be a traditional Soto Zen format, with meditation, bowing, bell ringing, formal tea, sutra fanning and poetry.  Share this:Click to share on Facebook... Read more »

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