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
4
Tue
Seminary – Wisdom Sutras 2022
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This class is on the Wisdom Sutras, which include the Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Lines, the Diamond Sutra, and the Heart Sutra. To take this class for seminary credit you must be enrolled in the seminary program. You can take it not-for-credit as a Dharma Studies student if you meet the prerequisites. To learn more, contact the 
The class meets weekly (ten sessions on Tuesdays from 7-9pm, beginning September 13. Taught by Jyoshin and Ko’in.

The class registration has now closed.

Oct
5
Wed
Foundational Teachings Wednesday Class
Oct 5 @ 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, along with Sokuchu.

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

 

 

 

 

Oct
6
Thu
Starting a Practice
Oct 6 @ 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.

 

 

Oct
8
Sat
Untangling Karma Workshop
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a workshop to explore how karma and trauma interact with Zen practice. Byakuren Ragir will lead a Saturday evening workshop and then give the Dharma Talk on Sunday morning, October 9.

Untangling Karma is a memoir of accepting and healing personal trauma, both on and off the meditation cushion. Author Byakuren Judith Ragir, an American Zen teacher, has used her spiritual practice to overcome anger and self-imposed isolation and become more loving.

In Buddhism, the personal and the systemic are interwoven. If we are to heal from trauma, we need to find and face our deeply held, often hidden pain. Because we have been raised in a society of greed, aggression, and confused values, this is something we all must do, regardless of our ethnic or racial background.

Oct
9
Sun
Taking Your Seat
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 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 begins in September and includes about six meetings over the course of four months. All meeting are Sundays from noon to 1:30pm. Registration for this program is now closed.

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: September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23, November 13, and December 18

 

Oct
11
Tue
Seminary – Wisdom Sutras 2022
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This class is on the Wisdom Sutras, which include the Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Lines, the Diamond Sutra, and the Heart Sutra. To take this class for seminary credit you must be enrolled in the seminary program. You can take it not-for-credit as a Dharma Studies student if you meet the prerequisites. To learn more, contact the 
The class meets weekly (ten sessions on Tuesdays from 7-9pm, beginning September 13. Taught by Jyoshin and Ko’in.

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Oct
12
Wed
Foundational Teachings Wednesday Class
Oct 12 @ 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, along with Sokuchu.

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

 

 

 

 

Oct
13
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Oct 13 @ 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.

Oct
14
Fri
Study Group – Understanding the Mind
Oct 14 @ 9:45 am – 11:15 am

Flying Fish Murphy is teaching a study group will be based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Understanding the Mind.  The book looks in depth at the 50 verses on the nature of consciousness by Buddhist master Vasubandhu. Thich Nhat Hanh brings the teachings to life making it relevant for us today. If you are available during the day and would like to study together with other sangha members please join us. The class will be limited to 15.

Registration has closed for this Book Group.

Oct
18
Tue
Seminary – Wisdom Sutras 2022
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This class is on the Wisdom Sutras, which include the Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Lines, the Diamond Sutra, and the Heart Sutra. To take this class for seminary credit you must be enrolled in the seminary program. You can take it not-for-credit as a Dharma Studies student if you meet the prerequisites. To learn more, contact the 
The class meets weekly (ten sessions on Tuesdays from 7-9pm, beginning September 13. Taught by Jyoshin and Ko’in.

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