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.
Weekend Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer May 3-5 at the UBC campus.
This non-residential silent retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced students. It will include periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), chanting, and talks by the teacher. There will also be opportunities for individual (dokusan) or group meetings with the teacher, and with MRZC resident priests Myoshin Kate McCandless and Shinmon Michael Newton will also be available. To register and for more information click May 2013 Norman Retreat
Zoketsu Norman Fischer will give a talk and reading from his new book, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong at the Mountain Rain Zen Community, 2o16 Wall Street. For more information click Training in Compassion
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.
- 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.