Several times a month, typically on a Thursday evening or a Saturday afternoon, Dharma Rain Zen Center offers introductory workshops on Zen practice.

  • Intro to Zen Meditation covers the essentials of zazen (sitting meditation).
  • Starting A Practice describes how to bring zazen practice into daily life with an explanation of the forms used in the zendo and during services.
  • Basic Buddhist Teachings introduces the basic teachings of Buddhism.

These workshops are open to all and offered free of charge (donations are gratefully accepted). You do not need to register. Our address is 8500 NE Siskiyou. The workshops are held in the Sodo (the large temple building at the end of the driveway on the left).

See the calendar below to find out when an introductory workshop you are interested in is scheduled.

More about Workshops and Classes …

Classes and Workshops Calendar

Dec
15
Thu
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. This meeting is available both in person and online. Advance registration for attendance, whether in person or on Zoom is not required. Clicking the link for Zoom attendance will bring up a form to provide your first name and email before joining the meeting.
Dec
18
Sun
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 program is for active members of Dharma Rain in their first two years of practice. The program begins in September and includes about six meetings over the course of four months. All meeting are Sundays from noon to 1:30pm. Registration for this program is now closed.

Meetings include discussions and exercises, as well as informal social time and chances to practice forms. Topics are based partly on what the group wants and needs, and may include a review of foundational teachings, practicing oryoki, investigating mondo, exploring the purpose of formal practice, learning how Dharma Rain is organized, and investigating gateways for practice at Dharma Rain — or just having dinner together.

Dates are: September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23, November 13, and December 18

 

Jan
4
Wed
Precepts Wednesday Class
Jan 4 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

This class is about the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ethical guidelines of Zen practice. The class prepares those who wish to take Jukai in February, as well as allowing everyone to explore how to work with these in everyday life. This year’s preceptor is Jyoshin.

All Wednesday night classes are open to the public. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.

We meet on this schedule:
7-7:10pm Evening Service
7:10-7:40 Zazen
7:40-7:50 Tea, Announcements
7:50~9 Class
9-9:10 Vespers

 

 

 

 

 

Jan
5
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Jan 5 @ 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.

This meeting is available both in person and online. Advance registration for attendance, whether in person or on Zoom is not required. Clicking the link for Zoom attendance will bring up a form to provide your first name and email before joining the meeting.

Jan
10
Tue
Seminary / Dharma Studies – Dogen
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This winter, the Seminary program will offer Dogen, one of the five core courses.  Jiko will be teaching the class, which will meet mostly weekly from January to mid-March.  There will be significant reading required for each class, along with several extra assignments.  The course will cover selections from Dogen’s major writings, and will involve lecture and discussions.  If you are interested in Seminary, please contact Sokuchu.

If you are taking the class for seminary credit, you must be enrolled in seminary.

Seminary Class Registration: Dogen - 2023

Name(Required)
Please enter your pronouns below. (Optional)
Seminary Credit or Dharma Studies(Required)
If you have any accessibility needs for class, please describe them below.
The Dogen class is a sliding scale from $25-$50. Please enter an amount between $25-$50. Amounts above $50 are also gratefully accepted. Please contact the Shuso at to inquire about scholarships.

Payment

We accept payment via Paypal, credit card, debit card, check, or cash. Only Paypal, credit card, and debit card payments can be made online. For checks, please make the check payable to Dharma Rain Zen Center and note the class you are paying for in the memo field. You may mail this to: Dharma Rain Zen Center, 8500 NE Siskiyou St., Portland, OR 97220, or bring it with you the first day of class. If you are paying in cash, please bring any cash payments with you the first day of class.
Payment Type(Required)
To pay online, choose the Pay via Paypal option. On the next screen, you will have the option to select a payment method of Paypal, credit card, or debit card. You do NOT need a Paypal account to pay via credit or debit card.

 

Jan
11
Wed
Precepts Wednesday Class
Jan 11 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

This class is about the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ethical guidelines of Zen practice. The class prepares those who wish to take Jukai in February, as well as allowing everyone to explore how to work with these in everyday life. This year’s preceptor is Jyoshin.

All Wednesday night classes are open to the public. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.

We meet on this schedule:
7-7:10pm Evening Service
7:10-7:40 Zazen
7:40-7:50 Tea, Announcements
7:50~9 Class
9-9:10 Vespers

 

 

 

 

 

Jan
12
Thu
Starting a Practice
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Starting a Practice workshop offers a way to cultivate insight by looking at our own actions in the light of the Buddhist Precepts. We also look at the forms used at Dharma Rain, including an explanation of the altar and other items found in the zendo (meditation hall), chanting, bowing, and other practices. Advance registration is not required.

For Zoom attendance, clicking the link brings up a form to provide your first name and email before joining the meeting.

 

 

Jan
13
Fri
Study Group – Understanding the Mind
Jan 13 @ 9:45 am – 11:15 am

Flying Fish Murphy is teaching a study group 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 master Vasubandhu. Thich Nhat Hanh brings the teachings to life making it relevant for us today. If you are available during the day and would like to study together with other sangha members please join us. The class is limited to 15.

We are continuing this study group into next year starting January 13.  We meet every other Friday from 9:45 until 11:15.  If you are interested in joining this group we have a couple of spaces open.  Please contact Flying Fish  for further details.

 

Jan
14
Sat
Understanding Zen in “A Tale for the Time Being”
Jan 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Zen teachings and practices are woven throughout Zen Priest Ruth Ozeki’s book. Learn more about the background of the book and join in mindfulness and meditation exercises with Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, Abbot of Dharma Rain Zen Center.

Jan
17
Tue
Seminary / Dharma Studies – Dogen
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This winter, the Seminary program will offer Dogen, one of the five core courses.  Jiko will be teaching the class, which will meet mostly weekly from January to mid-March.  There will be significant reading required for each class, along with several extra assignments.  The course will cover selections from Dogen’s major writings, and will involve lecture and discussions.  If you are interested in Seminary, please contact Sokuchu.

If you are taking the class for seminary credit, you must be enrolled in seminary.

Seminary Class Registration: Dogen - 2023

Name(Required)
Please enter your pronouns below. (Optional)
Seminary Credit or Dharma Studies(Required)
If you have any accessibility needs for class, please describe them below.
The Dogen class is a sliding scale from $25-$50. Please enter an amount between $25-$50. Amounts above $50 are also gratefully accepted. Please contact the Shuso at to inquire about scholarships.

Payment

We accept payment via Paypal, credit card, debit card, check, or cash. Only Paypal, credit card, and debit card payments can be made online. For checks, please make the check payable to Dharma Rain Zen Center and note the class you are paying for in the memo field. You may mail this to: Dharma Rain Zen Center, 8500 NE Siskiyou St., Portland, OR 97220, or bring it with you the first day of class. If you are paying in cash, please bring any cash payments with you the first day of class.
Payment Type(Required)
To pay online, choose the Pay via Paypal option. On the next screen, you will have the option to select a payment method of Paypal, credit card, or debit card. You do NOT need a Paypal account to pay via credit or debit card.

 

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