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

Sep
29
Tue
Seminary / Dharma Studies – Dogen
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This fall, the Seminary program will offer Dogen, one of the five core courses.  Kakumyo will be teaching the class, which will meet mostly weekly from September to mid-November.  There will be difficult reading required for each class, along with several extra assignments.  The course will cover selections from Dogen’s major writings, and will involve lecture and discussions.  If you are interested in Seminary, please contact Sokuchu. If you are taking the class for seminary credit, you must be enrolled in seminary.

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Sep
30
Wed
Foundational Teachings
Sep 30 @ 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.

We meet on this schedule:                                              Join Zoom Meeting
7-7:10pm Evening Service                                               https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85647889326
7:10-7:40 Zazen                                                                 Meeting ID: 856 4788 9326
7:40-7:50 Tea, Announcements                                      One tap mobile
7:50~9 Class                                                                       +12532158782,,85647889326# US (Tacoma)                          9-9:10 Vespers                                                                   +13462487799,,85647889326# US (Houston)

All Wednesday night classes are open to the public. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Attachments:

Syllabus                                                     Nagarjuna quotes

Fire Sermon                                              Gathas

The First Sermon                                      The Five Precepts

The Six Worlds                                          Kyojukaimon

12-Fold Chain of Causation                     Culture of Dharma Rain

 

 

 

 

Oct
1
Thu
Starting a Practice
Oct 1 @ 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.

This workshop will be online. Please use the Zoom links below to join us.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86737491536

Meeting ID: 867 3749 1536
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,86737491536# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,86737491536# US (San Jose)

Oct
6
Tue
Seminary / Dharma Studies – Dogen
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This fall, the Seminary program will offer Dogen, one of the five core courses.  Kakumyo will be teaching the class, which will meet mostly weekly from September to mid-November.  There will be difficult reading required for each class, along with several extra assignments.  The course will cover selections from Dogen’s major writings, and will involve lecture and discussions.  If you are interested in Seminary, please contact Sokuchu.

If you are taking the class for seminary credit, you must be enrolled in seminary.

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Oct
7
Wed
Foundational Teachings
Oct 7 @ 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.

We meet on this schedule:                                              Join Zoom Meeting
7-7:10pm Evening Service                                               https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85647889326
7:10-7:40 Zazen                                                                 Meeting ID: 856 4788 9326
7:40-7:50 Tea, Announcements                                      One tap mobile
7:50~9 Class                                                                       +12532158782,,85647889326# US (Tacoma)                          9-9:10 Vespers                                                                   +13462487799,,85647889326# US (Houston)

All Wednesday night classes are open to the public. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Attachments:

Syllabus                                                     Nagarjuna quotes

Fire Sermon                                              Gathas

The First Sermon                                      The Five Precepts

The Six Worlds                                          Kyojukaimon

12-Fold Chain of Causation                     Culture of Dharma Rain

 

 

 

 

Oct
13
Tue
Seminary / Dharma Studies – Dogen
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This fall, the Seminary program will offer Dogen, one of the five core courses.  Kakumyo will be teaching the class, which will meet mostly weekly from September to mid-November.  There will be difficult reading required for each class, along with several extra assignments.  The course will cover selections from Dogen’s major writings, and will involve lecture and discussions.  If you are interested in Seminary, please contact Sokuchu.

If you are taking the class for seminary credit, you must be enrolled in seminary.

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

Oct
14
Wed
Foundational Teachings
Oct 14 @ 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.

We meet on this schedule:                                              Join Zoom Meeting
7-7:10pm Evening Service                                               https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85647889326
7:10-7:40 Zazen                                                                 Meeting ID: 856 4788 9326
7:40-7:50 Tea, Announcements                                      One tap mobile
7:50~9 Class                                                                       +12532158782,,85647889326# US (Tacoma)                          9-9:10 Vespers                                                                   +13462487799,,85647889326# US (Houston)

All Wednesday night classes are open to the public. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Attachments:

Syllabus                                                     Nagarjuna quotes

Fire Sermon                                              Gathas

The First Sermon                                      The Five Precepts

The Six Worlds                                          Kyojukaimon

12-Fold Chain of Causation                     Culture of Dharma Rain

 

 

 

 

Oct
15
Thu
Intro to Zen Meditation
Oct 15 @ 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 workshop will be held only on Zoom. Please join us.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83752549885

Meeting ID: 837 5254 9885
One tap mobile
+16699006833,,83752549885# US (San Jose)
+12532158782,,83752549885# US (Tacoma)

Seminary: Methods of Practice
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
     Methods of Practice is a cohort-based independent study course exploring Buddhist traditions outside of Soto Zen. Students will meet as a group via zoom three times over the term in order to share information, experiences and insights. Thursdays during the Fall. September 17, October 15, and November 19 from 7-9pm.
It is open to seminary students who enrolled in seminary in 2017 or earlier.See more information about the Seminary program, about how to apply.

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Oct
20
Tue
Seminary / Dharma Studies – Dogen
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This fall, the Seminary program will offer Dogen, one of the five core courses.  Kakumyo will be teaching the class, which will meet mostly weekly from September to mid-November.  There will be difficult reading required for each class, along with several extra assignments.  The course will cover selections from Dogen’s major writings, and will involve lecture and discussions.  If you are interested in Seminary, please contact Sokuchu.

If you are taking the class for seminary credit, you must be enrolled in seminary.

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

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