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
7
Tue
Seminary: Daily Liturgy
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This class will be on Zoom Please register and you will be notified of Meeting ID. 
Daily Liturgy is a challenging cohort based independent study opportunity meeting three Tuesday evenings. Material has formerly required nine full class meetings. Although students may expect to build on other seminary studies that explore the liturgy from a historical or philosophical perspective, this class will emphasize liturgy as practice and expression.  Individual study inclinations will be added to a common exploration of the main Soto school scriptures that are chanted regularly at Dharma Rain.  Assignments will include readings, class presentations, 2 papers, and a copying project.
This seminary class is open to those who have completed the five core seminary classes or who enrolled in seminary in 2017 or earlier.
Registration Deadline March 31.

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

Apr
12
Sun
Awakening To Whiteness: Using the Dharma to Dismantle Oppression
Apr 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

“AWAKENING TO WHITENESS: USING THE DHARMA TO DISMANTLE OPPRESSION” is an open-source curriculum designed to help white people explore the elements that have had the effect of conditioning and distorting our perception of reality in America.

Through a carefully structured series of educational resources and spiritual practices, participants will explore historical and contemporary forces and actions that have had and continue to have harmful impacts on people of color, in the understanding that our own liberation/awakening is intimately bound to one another.

 This is a closed class series.  

May
4
Mon
Recovery Dharma
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Recovery Dharma welcomes anyone who is looking to heal from addiction and addictive behavior, whether it’s caused by substance use or process addictions like codependency, gambling, eating disorders, relationships, technology, or any obsessive or habitual pattern that creates suffering. We’ve found that this Buddhist-inspired path can lead to liberation from the suffering of addiction, and we support you in finding your own path to recovery. We are a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together. 

May
5
Tue
Seminary: Daily Liturgy
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This class will be on Zoom Please register and you will be notified of Meeting ID. 
Daily Liturgy is a challenging cohort based independent study opportunity meeting three Tuesday evenings. Material has formerly required nine full class meetings. Although students may expect to build on other seminary studies that explore the liturgy from a historical or philosophical perspective, this class will emphasize liturgy as practice and expression.  Individual study inclinations will be added to a common exploration of the main Soto school scriptures that are chanted regularly at Dharma Rain.  Assignments will include readings, class presentations, 2 papers, and a copying project.
This seminary class is open to those who have completed the five core seminary classes or who enrolled in seminary in 2017 or earlier.
Registration Deadline March 31.

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

May
7
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
May 7 @ 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.

There is no need to register or bring anything. Wear comfortable clothing for sitting. There is no charge, though donations are always welcome and appreciated.

May
8
Fri
Refuge Recovery
May 8 @ 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
11
Mon
Recovery Dharma
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Recovery Dharma welcomes anyone who is looking to heal from addiction and addictive behavior, whether it’s caused by substance use or process addictions like codependency, gambling, eating disorders, relationships, technology, or any obsessive or habitual pattern that creates suffering. We’ve found that this Buddhist-inspired path can lead to liberation from the suffering of addiction, and we support you in finding your own path to recovery. We are a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together. 

May
15
Fri
Refuge Recovery
May 15 @ 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
16
Sat
Starting a Practice
May 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Starting a Practice workshop emphasizes how to cultivate insight by looking at our own actions in the light of the Buddhist Precepts, the importance of compassion, and how the principles of meditation apply to every activity. It also gives brief instruction on how to practice forms in the zendo.

There is no need to register or bring anything. Wear comfortable clothing for sitting.

May
18
Mon
Recovery Dharma
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Recovery Dharma welcomes anyone who is looking to heal from addiction and addictive behavior, whether it’s caused by substance use or process addictions like codependency, gambling, eating disorders, relationships, technology, or any obsessive or habitual pattern that creates suffering. We’ve found that this Buddhist-inspired path can lead to liberation from the suffering of addiction, and we support you in finding your own path to recovery. We are a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together. 

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