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

Apr
16
Tue
Advanced Study Group – Dogen’s Shobogenzo
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This advanced study group will examine the first ten fascicles of Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Each week, a different member will lead the group discussion. If you would like to join this study group, we ask that you: -Be a Dharma Rain member -Have Seminary or similar dharma study experience. If you have any questions about the class or joining the class, please contact Tsuho at above email. Required Text Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo Book 1 and Book 2, translated by Gudo Nishijima and Chodo Cross, Published by Dogen Sangha, 1994 You can purchase the bound version, download the pdf , or borrow from the library. Note: Participating in this study group does not count for seminary credit. March 5 – Den-e (Transmission of the Robe) March 19 – Sansuigyo (Sutra of Mountains and Water) March 26 – Busso (The Buddhist Patriarchs) and Shisho (Certificate of Succession) April 2 – Hokke-Ten-Hokke (Flower of Dharma Turns the Flower of Dharma) April 16 – Shin-Fukatoku (Mind Cannot Be Grasped – The Former and The Latter) April 23 – Kokyo (The Eternal Mirror) April 30 – Kankin (Reading Sutras) May 7 – Bussho (Buddha-nature) May 14 – Gyobutsu-Yuigi (Dignified Behavior of Acting Buddha) May 21 – Bukkyo (Buddha’s Teaching) Registration (required) for the class closes March 3.

The class registration has now closed.

Apr
17
Wed
Baby Zen
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Parents often struggle to find time for practice with a young baby in the house. We’ll explore mindfulness with baby, not in spite of her. Focusing on coming back to the breath and the body (ours and baby’s!), we hope to cultivate peaceful awareness of ourselves and our children.
This class is drop-in, no registration or fee required. Donations gratefully received.
Wednesday Classes: Koans
Apr 17 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

This 8-week series explores koans. Koans are brief exchanges that reveal an aspect of enlightening activity. If you’ve ever wondered what these mysterious stories are, why they are useful, how to practice with them, this class is for you. The class is participatory, and will consist of a mix of lecture, discussion, and mindfulness exercises. Koans explored will draw from both classic and modern collections. Taught by Kakumyo.

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

This class is in-person only, no Zoom option, though it is recorded. Audio files can be found here.

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

 

 

Apr
18
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Apr 18 @ 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.

Apr
19
Fri
Free Qigong Workshop
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kakumyo offers this Qigong workshop open tor beginners as well as advanced practitioners, and all the physical postures can be modified to fit individual needs or limitations.

We will focus on “the 14” (ie., the JinJing Gong Shi Si Shi), but do pieces of a few other forms as well. The goal is to have you leave with:

  • an exposure to the types of breathing and basic postural principles
  • a felt sense of what we mean by “tendon-meridian”
  • basic introduction to a variety of qigong techniques (shaking, walking, standing, percussion, sound, visualization) that can be used to support vitality and transformation
  • enough familiarity with the “14” and the “7” that you could practice on your own, (perhaps with the handout that will be provided)

The style is from the JinJing Gong lineage. Kakumyo is a fully authorized teacher, with 20 years of qigong practice. His teacher was Bill Frazier, who learned from Wang Shifu in China, whose teacher was Li Jie, a Taoist priest of the Quanzhen pai school, Longmen Pai sect.

The JinJing Gong lineage is small, based around Chengdu, China, but a practice community has sprung up around Portland, OR, over the last 20 years. This is a vigorous style of qigong, with a variety of different forms/sequences. It has martial, medical and contemplative roots, incorporating graceful movements, challenging breathing, detailed mindfulness, and other elements into the overall exercise.

Apr
20
Sat
Spring Term Student Program
Apr 20 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Like Fall Term Student, this program consists of three (3) one-day retreats, March 30, April 20, and May 18. It is open for members who have done term student in the past, and a sesshin in the last year. Kakumyo will be leading it this year. Each day will be a mix of formal practice, guided contemplative exercises, and structured discussion. The broad theme is sharing our experience of the dharma with skill and subtlety.

Term Student Registration is space-limited and is now full.

 

Apr
23
Tue
Advanced Study Group – Dogen’s Shobogenzo
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This advanced study group will examine the first ten fascicles of Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Each week, a different member will lead the group discussion.

If you would like to join this study group, we ask that you:

-Be a Dharma Rain member
-Have Seminary or similar dharma study experience.

If you have any questions about the class or joining the class, please contact Tsuho at above email.

Required Text

Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo Book 1 and Book 2, translated by Gudo Nishijima and Chodo Cross, Published by Dogen Sangha, 1994

You can purchase the bound version, download the pdf , or borrow from the library.

Note: Participating in this study group does not count for seminary credit.

March 5 – Den-e (Transmission of the Robe)
March 19 – Sansuigyo (Sutra of Mountains and Water)
March 26 – Busso (The Buddhist Patriarchs) and Shisho (Certificate of Succession)
April 2 – Hokke-Ten-Hokke (Flower of Dharma Turns the Flower of Dharma)
April 16 – Shin-Fukatoku (Mind Cannot Be Grasped – The Former and The Latter)
April 23 – Kokyo (The Eternal Mirror)
April 30 – Kankin (Reading Sutras)
May 7 – Bussho (Buddha-nature)
May 14 – Gyobutsu-Yuigi (Dignified Behavior of Acting Buddha)
May 21 – Bukkyo (Buddha’s Teaching)

Registration (required) for the class closes March 3.

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    Apr
    24
    Wed
    Baby Zen
    Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Parents often struggle to find time for practice with a young baby in the house. We’ll explore mindfulness with baby, not in spite of her. Focusing on coming back to the breath and the body (ours and baby’s!), we hope to cultivate peaceful awareness of ourselves and our children.
    This class is drop-in, no registration or fee required. Donations gratefully received.
    Wednesday Classes: Koans
    Apr 24 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

    This 8-week series explores koans. Koans are brief exchanges that reveal an aspect of enlightening activity. If you’ve ever wondered what these mysterious stories are, why they are useful, how to practice with them, this class is for you. The class is participatory, and will consist of a mix of lecture, discussion, and mindfulness exercises. Koans explored will draw from both classic and modern collections. Taught by Kakumyo.

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

    This class is in-person only, no Zoom option, though it is recorded. Audio files can be found here.

    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

     

     

    Apr
    25
    Thu
    Cultivating Compassion Workshop
    Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Feel caught by a sense of isolation or anxiety? Want to develop your ability to relate to others and your own self with more warmth and authenticity? This 2-hr workshop will help you access compassion in challenging times, leading to greater connection and satisfaction. 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 is in-person only.

    Advance registration is not required.

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