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

Jul
25
Sun
Sutra Study
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
On the fourth Sunday of each month one of the transmitted teachers examines a different sutra.  Free and open to all.
Aug
5
Thu
Starting a Practice
Aug 5 @ 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.

This workshop will be 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/tZcvcuGgrjksHtLEZ_sic3W_mWGNlfhQyph8

 

Aug
21
Sat
Intro to Zen Meditation
Aug 21 @ 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/tZAodu-gqj8sHtT6VhGmiANDsIyFyyLldUr4

 

Aug
22
Sun
Sutra Study
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

On the fourth Sunday of each month one of the transmitted teachers examines a different sutra.  Free and open to all.

Sep
1
Wed
Foundational Teachings Wednesday Class
Sep 1 @ 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.

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

Attachments:

The Six Worlds                                          Kyojukaimon

12-Fold Chain of Causation                     Culture of Dharma Rain

 

 

 

 

Sep
2
Thu
Cultivating Compassion Workshop
Sep 2 @ 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.

Advance registration is not required. If you attend on Zoom, clicking the link brings up a form to provide your first name and email before joining the meeting.

Sep
8
Wed
Foundational Teachings Wednesday Class
Sep 8 @ 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.

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

Attachments:

The Six Worlds                                          Kyojukaimon

12-Fold Chain of Causation                     Culture of Dharma Rain

 

 

 

 

Sep
9
Thu
Starting a Practice
Sep 9 @ 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.

 

Sep
19
Sun
Taking Your Seat
Sep 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Taking Your Seat is a program designed to help newer members of Dharma Rain establish their meditation practice, create cohort-like warm relationships with other members, and delve deeper as part of the temple community. This program is for active members of Dharma Rain in their first two years of practice. The program usually begins in September and includes about six meetings over the course of four months. Registration opens a few weeks before the program begins.

Meetings include discussions and exercises, as well as informal social time and chances to practice forms. Topics are based partly on what the group wants and needs, and may include a review of foundational teachings, practicing oryoki, investigating mondo, exploring the purpose of formal practice, learning how Dharma Rain is organized, and investigating gateways for practice at Dharma Rain — or just having dinner together.

Dates are:
Sunday, September 19, 12:30-2pm
Sunday, October 3, 12:30-2pm
Thursday, October 21, 7-8:30pm
Thursday, November 18, 7-8:30pm, or Sunday November 21, 12:30-2pm
Sunday, December 19, 12:30-2pm
Depending on desire at the December meeting, Thursday, January 6, or Sunday, January 9.

Sep
21
Tue
Seminary: Buddhist History through Texts
Sep 21 @ 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 only open to registered seminary students.

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