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
20
Fri
Refuge Recovery
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Meetings run by Refuge Recovery PDX.
May
25
Wed
Wednesday Classes: Sutra Study
May 25 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

The Spring Wednesday evening class series will be studying sutras. The Active Dharma Rain teachers will be presenting some of their favorite teachings from the sutras, so there will be a lot of variety. At that, it will be only a taste of each sutra and a small sample of all of the sutras out there. Still, we hope to get into some depth and have some good discussion and an enhanced understanding of the richness of the teachings in Buddhism.

Here’s the schedule as we know it now – subject to change, of course, but we will try to update this page as we know changes. Do come join us.

Feb 23 –  selection from the Pali canon – Kakumyo
March 2 – selection from the Pali canon – Genko
March 9 – selection from the Pali canon – Kengan
March 16 – Diamond Sutra – Gyoshi (see below for more information on these)
March 23 – Diamond Sutra – Gyoshi
March 30 – Ox-Herding Pictures – Jiko
April 6 – Platform Sutra – Kakumyo
(April 13: Denkoe)
April 20 – Lion’s Roar of Queen Srimala – Jiko
April 27 – Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo dharani – Genko
May 4 – A Hua-Yin sutra – Gyokuko
May 11 –  Awakening of Faith – Fumyo
May 18 –  Vimalakirti Sutra – Fumyo
May 25 – Samdhinirmocana Sutra – Flying Fish

March 16 and 23, Diamond Sutra
The Diamond Sutra is considered by many to be one of the primary sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. We will have two classes devoted to this sutra. Because of the sutra’s frequent attention to Bodhisattva wisdom and action, we’ll also be weaving discussion of the Bodhisattva Vows into these classes. The second class will continue from where the 1st class ended; it’s not a repeat. If you’d like to look at this sutra before the classes, you can download a public domain PDF file of the sutra by clicking here.

Note: Wednesday evening classes are no longer available on Zoom. You can find audio recordings of classes here.

May
26
Thu
Dealing with Stress Workshop
May 26 @ 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 is an in-person only event. Advance registration is not required.

May
27
Fri
Refuge Recovery
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Meetings run by Refuge Recovery PDX.

Jun
3
Fri
Refuge Recovery
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Meetings run by Refuge Recovery PDX.

Jun
9
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Jun 9 @ 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.

 

Jun
10
Fri
Refuge Recovery
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Meetings run by Refuge Recovery PDX.

Jun
17
Fri
Refuge Recovery
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Meetings run by Refuge Recovery PDX.

Jun
23
Thu
Starting a Practice
Jun 23 @ 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.

 

 

Jun
24
Fri
Refuge Recovery
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. Meetings run by Refuge Recovery PDX.

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