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

Oct
26
Tue
Seminary: Buddhist History through Texts
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
History Through Texts is one of the five required core classes in Part 1 of the Seminary Program. It meets weekly on Tuesdays as a group. Instruction is a combination of lecture and group discussion. Weekly reading assignments are required as are writing assignments. Students are often required to make a class presentation on a topic of their choosing. Jyoshin will be teaching this class. This class is open to enrolled seminary students as well as those not enrolled in seminary who can take it not-for-credit as a Dharma Studies student.

Registration is now closed.

Nov
2
Tue
Seminary: Buddhist History through Texts
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

History Through Texts is one of the five required core classes in Part 1 of the Seminary Program. It meets weekly on Tuesdays as a group. Instruction is a combination of lecture and group discussion. Weekly reading assignments are required as are writing assignments. Students are often required to make a class presentation on a topic of their choosing.

Jyoshin will be teaching this class.

This class is open to enrolled seminary students as well as those not enrolled in seminary who can take it not-for-credit as a Dharma Studies student.

Registration is now closed.

Nov
3
Wed
Foundational Teachings Wednesday Class
Nov 3 @ 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. Kakumyo is leading this class.

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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82080074209?pwd=VjBEV3IxMzFlRHVhRlQ1aTJiR2N6UT09

Meeting ID: 820 8007 4209
Passcode: 825979

Attachments:

Foundational Teaching Class Resources

 

 

 

Nov
5
Fri
My Grandmother’s Hands Book Group
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Starting October 8, and continuing every other Friday through the end of the year, Ko’in and Reiju will lead a book group on My Grandmother’s Hands, by Resmaa Menakem. This book has been very popular and useful for many of us who are interested in working with our own racialized trauma (regardless of race) in order to heal ourselves and our communities of racism. Although not explicitly Buddhist, many of the activities and discussions in the book focus on mindfulness, stillness, and appropriate activity. Because the book is activity based, we will be meeting in person in the library. Everyone is required to be masked and vaccinated. If you have taken Awakening to Whiteness and are looking for a next step, this might be particularly useful in that way, but A2W is not a prerequisite and everyone is welcome to join.

Check with Ko’in or Reiju with any questions and to let us know you’re interested, so we can have an approximate number. Please obtain a copy of the book prior to the first meeting. It is immediately available as an eBook from Multnomah County Library (there are also audio and paperback versions, but they have long waitlists). If you’d like a hard copy but obtaining one will be difficult, please let Ko’in or Reiju know and we’ll help you get one.

Nov
6
Sat
Intro to Zen Meditation
Nov 6 @ 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/tZwvcO-oqjwsG9LexfkpVQ6UY64GrQ1TepzH

 

Nov
9
Tue
Seminary: Buddhist History through Texts
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

History Through Texts is one of the five required core classes in Part 1 of the Seminary Program. It meets weekly on Tuesdays as a group. Instruction is a combination of lecture and group discussion. Weekly reading assignments are required as are writing assignments. Students are often required to make a class presentation on a topic of their choosing.

Jyoshin will be teaching this class.

This class is open to enrolled seminary students as well as those not enrolled in seminary who can take it not-for-credit as a Dharma Studies student.

Registration is now closed.

Nov
10
Wed
Foundational Teachings Wednesday Class
Nov 10 @ 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. Kakumyo is leading this class.

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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82080074209?pwd=VjBEV3IxMzFlRHVhRlQ1aTJiR2N6UT09

Meeting ID: 820 8007 4209
Passcode: 825979

Attachments:

Foundational Teaching Class Resources

 

 

 

Nov
11
Thu
Starting a Practice
Nov 11 @ 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.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pce6qrzwpHdNxQg2jvLnCUp7rPZ1yZQZz

 

Nov
16
Tue
Seminary: Buddhist History through Texts
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

History Through Texts is one of the five required core classes in Part 1 of the Seminary Program. It meets weekly on Tuesdays as a group. Instruction is a combination of lecture and group discussion. Weekly reading assignments are required as are writing assignments. Students are often required to make a class presentation on a topic of their choosing.

Jyoshin will be teaching this class.

This class is open to enrolled seminary students as well as those not enrolled in seminary who can take it not-for-credit as a Dharma Studies student.

Registration is now closed.

Nov
17
Wed
Foundational Teachings Wednesday Class
Nov 17 @ 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. Kakumyo is leading this class.

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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82080074209?pwd=VjBEV3IxMzFlRHVhRlQ1aTJiR2N6UT09

Meeting ID: 820 8007 4209
Passcode: 825979

Attachments:

Foundational Teaching Class Resources

 

 

 

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