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

Nov
28
Sat
Intro to Zen Meditation
Nov 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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 in person and on Zoom. Please join us. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88335824873?pwd=SjFRbisvZ3FLVXZKT3d1RnR1bTFDQT09 Meeting ID: 883 3582 4873 Passcode: 635239 One tap mobile +13462487799,,88335824873# US (Houston) +16699006833,,88335824873# US (San Jose)
Dec
2
Wed
Foundational Teachings
Dec 2 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday night classes focus on Buddhadharma (Buddhist teaching), particularly from the Soto Zen perspective. This annual class looks at Buddhism’s foundational teachings, covering things like the Buddha’s life, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, Karma and Rebirth, and on into Dependent Origination, Emptiness, Thusness, and Suchness. A seminary requirement, and pre-requisite for many other seminary classes.

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

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

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Attachments:

Syllabus                                                     Nagarjuna quotes

Fire Sermon                                              Gathas

The First Sermon                                      The Five Precepts

The Six Worlds                                          Kyojukaimon

12-Fold Chain of Causation                     Culture of Dharma Rain

 

 

 

 

Dec
3
Thu
Starting a Practice
Dec 3 @ 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 importance of compassion and how the principles of meditation apply to every activity.

This workshop will be online. Please use the Zoom links below to join us.

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Meeting ID: 863 8925 3236
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Dec
4
Fri
Radical Dharma Book Study Group
Dec 4 @ 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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Meeting ID: 890 1226 7467
Passcode: 057488

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Dec
5
Sat
Intro to Zen Meditation
Dec 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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 only on Zoom. Please join us.

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Meeting ID: 819 9592 4750
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Dec
17
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Dec 17 @ 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 only on Zoom. Please join us.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 899 8645 5568
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Dec
18
Fri
Radical Dharma Book Study Group
Dec 18 @ 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.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89012267467?pwd=NS9rSVdJSUtzYkswaVFmc0t3c0NOUT09

Meeting ID: 890 1226 7467
Passcode: 057488

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Dec
20
Sun
Orientation to Awakening to Whiteness
Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for the second series on Awakening to Whiteness. This orientation meeting is to give information and allow people to ask questions about participating in the series. No registration is required for this meeting.

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. 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. Registration for the program will close on January 4, and will be available soon. Please contact for more information.

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Jan
6
Wed
Wednesday Class: Precepts
Jan 6 @ 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 this year in Dai 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 staff. If you’re planning to take the Precepts, you are encouraged to take as much of this class as possible.

Jan
7
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Jan 7 @ 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.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 832 7950 8354
Passcode: 333196

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