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

Jan
27
Mon
Recovery Dharma
Jan 27 @ 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. 
Jan
29
Wed
Wednesday Class: Precepts
Jan 29 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

This class is about the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ethical guidelines of Zen practice. We will discuss both the theory and practice of working with the precepts, as well as how precepts can provide a karmic mirror for our thoughts, habits, and actions. This class leads up to a week-long sesshin (February 17-23), which culminates this year in Dai Jukai (giving and receiving the precepts) ceremony on February 23. Taking the precepts at Jukai means formally becoming a Buddhist. If you would like to learn more, additional information will be provided in class. The instructor will be Jyoshin Clay.

Jyoshin Clay will be the Preceptor this year. If you are thinking of taking the Precepts, you need to meet with her. Please schedule a meeting during the month of January. If you’re planning to take the Precepts, you are expected to take this class if at all possible.

Jan
31
Fri
Refuge Recovery
Jan 31 @ 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.

Feb
1
Sat
Intro to Zen Meditation
Feb 1 @ 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.

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.

Feb
3
Mon
Recovery Dharma
Feb 3 @ 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. 

Feb
5
Wed
Wednesday Class: Precepts
Feb 5 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

This class is about the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ethical guidelines of Zen practice. We will discuss both the theory and practice of working with the precepts, as well as how precepts can provide a karmic mirror for our thoughts, habits, and actions. This class leads up to a week-long sesshin (February 17-23), which culminates this year in Dai Jukai (giving and receiving the precepts) ceremony on February 23. Taking the precepts at Jukai means formally becoming a Buddhist. If you would like to learn more, additional information will be provided in class. The instructor will be Jyoshin Clay.

Jyoshin Clay will be the Preceptor this year. If you are thinking of taking the Precepts, you need to meet with her. Please schedule a meeting during the month of January. If you’re planning to take the Precepts, you are expected to take this class if at all possible.

Feb
6
Thu
Starting a Practice
Feb 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 importance of compassion and how the principles of meditation apply to every activity.

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

Feb
7
Fri
Refuge Recovery
Feb 7 @ 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.

Feb
9
Sun
Awakening To Whiteness: Using the Dharma to Dismantle Oppression
Feb 9 @ 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.  

Feb
10
Mon
Recovery Dharma
Feb 10 @ 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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