Upcoming Events and Retreats
Young Urban Zen: A new sitting group for those ages 16 to 36-ish. This is a drop-in practice group for people interested in the methods and ideas of Zen Buddhism and how they relate to our daily lives. Meets Monday nights 7:30-9:00. Please arrive 7:15. Starting January 07 at the Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall Street, Vancouver. See Activities for more details.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer Loon Lake Residential Retreat
This six-day residential retreat will include periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), chanting, talks by the teacher, formal meals (o-ryoki) and work periods. There will also be opportunities for dokusan (individual interview) with the teacher and Mountain Rain resident teachers, Myoshin Kate McCandless and Shinmon Michael Newton. Loon Lake Camp is located approximately 60 km from downtown Vancouver, on the shores of Loon Lake. This beautiful lakeside setting is found within the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.
To register: please download the registration form by clicking: Loon Lake 2013
Or contact Karen Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-477-2809.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY
Welcome to the Mountain Rain Zen Community Vancouver BC.
The Mountain Rain Zen Community is a cooperative and independent community of Zen students in Vancouver who practice together in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, and draw upon other Buddhist traditions, as well. Our guiding teacher is Zoketsu Norman Fischer, former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center and founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation. Established in April, 2002, MRZC had been a part of Karuna Meditation Society for the previous fifteen years. Our purpose is to share the teachings and practices of the Buddha Dharma.
One of the aims of MRZC is to create an active community in our geographical area, a group of people who know one another and support each other in their practice and in their lives. Our community is self-governing; our council coordinates the work of various committees, and major decisions are made by the membership as a whole. All the work related to the community’s activities is done by volunteers. Activities are financed through the fees charged for retreats and from donations by members and others. Visiting teachers are supported through dana, or voluntary donations.
We invite you to join us in our many activities, which include:
- Regular weekly sittings
- Day retreats Classes and study groups
- Zen arts program
- Community meetings and potlucks
- Non-residential weekend retreats
- Special theme workshops
- Residential retreats (sesshin)
Mountain Rain Zendo
Our NEW zendo (meditation hall) is located at:
2016 Wall St.
Contact for Further Information:
Kate and Michael at (604)462-0604 or Martha at (604)873-3008.
Membership is open to anyone who wishes to practice with and support the Mountain Rain Zen Community. Your support is expressed through participation in MRZC activities and through dana (generosity) in the form of financial support and volunteer contributions. Donations may be made on a yearly or monthly basis. We particularly appreciate monthly pledges, which help with the ongoing expenses of maintaining the zendo and putting on retreats. Members are eligible to receive discounts on retreat fees, use the tape and book library, and receive scholarships to attend retreats.