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.

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Classes and Workshops Calendar

Jan
20
Wed
Wednesday Class: Precepts
Jan 20 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm
This class is about the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ethical guidelines of Zen practice. We discuss both the theory and practice of working with the precepts, as well as how precepts can provide a karmic mirror for our thoughts, habits, and actions. This class leads up to a week-long sesshin (February 15-21), which culminates in the Jukai (giving and receiving the precepts) ceremony on February 21. Taking the precepts at Jukai means formally becoming a Buddhist. If you would like to learn more, additional information will be provided in class. The instructor will be Genko Rainwater. Genko Rainwater will be the Preceptor this year. If you are thinking of taking the Precepts, you need to meet with her. Please schedule a meeting by emailing her (email address above). If you’re planning to take the Precepts, you are encouraged to take as much of this class as possible. You may find Kyogen’s article Precepts as Path to be helpful. This class will be available both in person and on Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83959761791?pwd=OVl0UXZGeitLd0djSFZZbjhsbklTZz09 Meeting ID: 839 5976 1791 Passcode: 760443 One tap mobile +13462487799,,83959761791# US (Houston) +16699006833,,83959761791# US (San Jose)
Jan
21
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Jan 21 @ 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 workshop will be held online and on Zoom. Please join us.

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Jan
22
Fri
Radical Dharma Book Study Group
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us Friday, December 4, from 7pm-8:30pm as we explore the text Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah. In what ways do we (perhaps unknowingly, perhaps not) perpetuate the system of white supremacy and oppression? How do people without our privilege experience the system differently? This text asserts that when we begin to understand our own suffering, we can begin to understand that of others as well, and then compassion can begin.

“Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening.”

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, an ordained Zen priest, is an author and activist. Lama Rod Owens is authorized as a lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Jasmine Syedullah holds a PhD in politics with a designated emphasis in feminist studies and history of consciousness from University of California, Santa Cruz.

The group plans to meet approximately every other Friday evening, with adjustments for holidays and retreats. The first three months of meetings are scheduled. After that the group will decide whether we need to make adjustments. We will begin working with two chapters at a time. Please read the first two chapters of the book before the December 4 meeting.

The group is facilitated by Patrick Goshin Ryan, with teacher liaison Genko Rainwater.

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Jan
24
Sun
Awakening to Whiteness
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for the second series on Awakening to Whiteness. In this program, we’ll be doing readings, listening to music and podcasts, and watching videos that help us better understand whiteness and our society that is structured on whiteness. Participants will learn to ground themselves in compassionate awareness as they seek to see themselves more clearly by learning about the history and implications of whiteness. Topics include How Whiteness Developed, A Historical and Structural Examination of Race, Portland and Oregon History, White Privilege, Applying our Spiritual Practice, and Continued Work.

We will meet once a month for six months, on the fourth Sunday from 4-6pm. Materials and an agenda will be supplied before each meeting, and you will engage and journal about them on your own. We expect a minimum of two hours spent with the materials per month, but we strongly encourage more time for journaling, re-reading/listening/watching, as the materials are rich. During meetings, you’ll share your responses to materials with a cohort. Ko’in and Reiju facilitate and the group is hosted by the DEI Committee. People of all races and backgrounds are welcome and everyone is encouraged to attend whether or not you have any prior experience working with race and whiteness. An orientation and informational meeting will occur on December 20, and registration will close on January 4.

Registration has closed for this class.

Jan
26
Tue
Lotus Sutra Seminary Class
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn about the Seminary program, the classes we offer, and how to enroll. Registration for this class is open to people who are enrolled in seminary and those who wish to take it as non-credit Dharma Studies students.

The 2021 class will be taught by Jiko. We will be working with Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma, translated by Leon Hurvitz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan
27
Wed
Evening Service and Zazen
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

We begin with a recitation of the Kyojukaimon (The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts) at 7pm, and then sit zazen for 30 minutes until 7:40pm. This is followed by the Precepts Class. All are welcome to either or both.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 839 5976 1791
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Wednesday Class: Precepts
Jan 27 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

This class is about the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ethical guidelines of Zen practice. We discuss both the theory and practice of working with the precepts, as well as how precepts can provide a karmic mirror for our thoughts, habits, and actions. This class leads up to a week-long sesshin (February 15-21), which culminates in the Jukai (giving and receiving the precepts) ceremony on February 21. Taking the precepts at Jukai means formally becoming a Buddhist. If you would like to learn more, additional information will be provided in class. The instructor will be Genko Rainwater.

Genko Rainwater will be the Preceptor this year. If you are thinking of taking the Precepts, you need to meet with her. Please schedule a meeting by emailing her (email address above). If you’re planning to take the Precepts, you are encouraged to take as much of this class as possible. You may find Kyogen’s article Precepts as Path to be helpful.

This class will be available both in person and on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83959761791?pwd=OVl0UXZGeitLd0djSFZZbjhsbklTZz09

Meeting ID: 839 5976 1791
Passcode: 760443

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Jan
29
Fri
Great Matter Workshop
Jan 29 – Jan 30 all-day

A Workshop on Preparing for Death, led by Jiko with assistance from Annen

This workshop will be Friday evening 7-9pm and Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm. Registration is limited and is not open at this time. Those who were registered for this workshop’s originally scheduled date have priority. If space becomes available, a registration form will be added to this page.

Each of us will die. Each of us will grieve people we love. We will do both those things in a culture uncomfortable with death, with little shared vocabulary for how we talk about it. How do we prepare for death when it is difficult to even talk about dying? Resistance is part of our relationship to death. How do we get ready to die? We start with not being ready. We start with the fact that we are afraid.

In this workshop, participants will consider the questions and fears they carry about dying and death. How do we prepare for and react to the deaths of those we love? What do we mean by the phrase “a good death”? How do we plan for a mysterious event and then let go of our attachment to it?

For further information or to be added to a waitlist, please contact Jiko or Annen ().

Feb
2
Tue
Lotus Sutra Seminary Class
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn about the Seminary program, the classes we offer, and how to enroll. Registration for this class is open to people who are enrolled in seminary and those who wish to take it as non-credit Dharma Studies students.

The 2021 class will be taught by Jiko. We will be working with Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma, translated by Leon Hurvitz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb
3
Wed
Evening Service and Zazen
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

We begin with a recitation of the Kyojukaimon (The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts) at 7pm, and then sit zazen for 30 minutes until 7:40pm. This is followed by the Precepts Class. All are welcome to either or both.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83959761791?pwd=OVl0UXZGeitLd0djSFZZbjhsbklTZz09

Meeting ID: 839 5976 1791
Passcode: 760443

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+13462487799,,83959761791# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,83959761791# US (San Jose)

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