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

May
15
Sat
Intro to Zen Meditation
May 15 @ 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 meeting is available both in person and online. Advance registration for Zoom attendance is not required. After clicking the link below, you will see a form to provide your first name and email before joining the meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oc-morjwoGtHB-5aUY6KTq5gZe8nxjG87  
May
19
Wed
Evening Service and Zazen
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

We begin with a recitation of the Fukanzazengi at 7pm, and then sit zazen for 30 minutes until 7:40pm. This is followed by an open Class. All are welcome to either or both.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041836124?pwd=NkV2cnRkVm0wby9TRzBTUzYyNFRXUT09

Meeting ID: 820 4183 6124
Passcode: 396527

Wednesday Class – Shantideva – The Way of the Bodhisattva
May 19 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

It was bold and transformative when written around 700 C.E., yet fiercely practical and usable today. The Way of the Bodhisattva describes the process of enlightenment from the first thought to full buddhahood. Its author, Shantideva, was a philosopher, monk, poet and scholar at the monastic university Nalanda, a celebrated center of learning in ancient India. Initially viewed as a slacker by his fellow monks, Shantideva blew his peers away with this work.

This beautiful and inspirational piece is considered one of the great texts in Mahayana Buddhism – which emphasizes practicing not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others. Join Ko’in Newsom and Thomas Bruner in exploring Shantideva’s admonitions for turning away from selfish concerns and vowing to work for the enlightenment of all beings.

A free pdf of our text is available for download here. We will focus on pages 30-142 (Chapters 1-10).

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041836124?pwd=NkV2cnRkVm0wby9TRzBTUzYyNFRXUT09

Meeting ID: 820 4183 6124
Passcode: 396527

May
20
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
May 20 @ 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 Zoom attendance is not required. After clicking the link below, you will see a form to provide your first name and email before joining the meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtc-CurzIrE9KaNxuph47A9nnytRL2pXiR

May
21
Fri
Radical Dharma Book Study Group
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Beginning Friday, December 4, from 7pm-8:30pm, we began to 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. Meetings are scheduled through May. After that the group will decide whether we need to make adjustments.

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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May
23
Sun
Sutra Study
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

On the fourth Sunday of each month there will be a sutra study group. Each time it meets a different sutra will be discussed.  There is no fee and open to all.

Description and link to sutra:

Sutra forthcoming.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81646988585?pwd=UnhiWjUzTXlsVlZYaU96Tm1rY1Ntdz09

Meeting ID: 816 4698 8585
Passcode: 951469

Awakening to Whiteness
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open to those already registered.

This is the second series on Awakening to 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.

 

May
26
Wed
Evening Service and Zazen
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

We begin with a recitation of the Fukanzazengi at 7pm, and then sit zazen for 30 minutes until 7:40pm. This is followed by an open Class. All are welcome to either or both.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041836124?pwd=NkV2cnRkVm0wby9TRzBTUzYyNFRXUT09

Meeting ID: 820 4183 6124
Passcode: 396527

Wednesday Class – Shantideva – The Way of the Bodhisattva
May 26 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

It was bold and transformative when written around 700 C.E., yet fiercely practical and usable today. The Way of the Bodhisattva describes the process of enlightenment from the first thought to full buddhahood. Its author, Shantideva, was a philosopher, monk, poet and scholar at the monastic university Nalanda, a celebrated center of learning in ancient India. Initially viewed as a slacker by his fellow monks, Shantideva blew his peers away with this work.

This beautiful and inspirational piece is considered one of the great texts in Mahayana Buddhism – which emphasizes practicing not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others. Join Ko’in Newsom and Thomas Bruner in exploring Shantideva’s admonitions for turning away from selfish concerns and vowing to work for the enlightenment of all beings.

A free pdf of our text is available for download here. We will focus on pages 30-142 (Chapters 1-10).

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041836124?pwd=NkV2cnRkVm0wby9TRzBTUzYyNFRXUT09

Meeting ID: 820 4183 6124
Passcode: 396527

May
27
Thu
Dealing with Stress Workshop
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Is life a little much sometimes? Do you find yourself saying things you wish you wouldn’t? Want to recover your sense of ease and joy? This 2-hr workshop will teach a variety of simple but effective techniques that reduce stress and emotional reactivity. The focus will be on internal mindfulness practices that we can make use of in any situation. As proficiency grows, many find increased happiness, adaptability and confidence. A mix of explanation, meditation, experiential exercises, and facilitated discussion will be used to ensure that the workshop is practical and translates to your life. No experience or affiliation necessary.

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

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
Register for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdu6gqDwiEtIzKUHdz0snB3JfrKZtJDif

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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