Upcoming Events and Retreats


Buddha’s Birthday Celebration Sunday April 13 9:00-1:30

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Come and help decorate a flower pavilion for the baby Buddha, hear the story of the Buddha’s birth, and join in the ceremony of washing the baby Buddha. A simple vegetarian lunch will be served, including birthday cake.

Children and families welcome!  From more information click Buddha’s birthday poster 2014

Earth Day Ceremony and Celebration Wednesday , April 23 

  7:00-9:00 Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall St.th

Please join Mountain Rain Zen Community and BC Insight Meditation Society in an evening of meditation, poetry, art and chanting to celebrate the Earth and express our care and gratitude for all she gives us. Refreshments to follow. Everyone welcome.

If you would like, please bring:

A donation to a tree-planting organization (to be determined)

A poem to share

Something for refreshment time

We will have an Earth Day Art Exhibit in the entry hall from Earth Day through the month of May. If you have something you’d like to contribute, please contact Kate at 604-462-0604 or kakushi@shaw.ca.  For more information click Earth day poster 2014

 Friday May 2 to Sunday May 4  Weekend Zen Retreat With Zoketsu Norman Fischer


Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, U.B.C Campus

 This non-residential silent retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced students.  It will include periods of za


zen (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 teachers Shinmon Michael Newton and Myoshin Kate McCandless.  For more information click norman fischer poster May 2014 and  for the registration form click May 2014 reg form

The registrar is Kaye Simard  at Email: kaye_simard@telus.net  Phone: 604-215-1929 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. Our resident teachers are Myoshin Kate McCandless and Shinmon Michael Newton.

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. Our teachers are supported through dana, or voluntary donations.

We invite you to join us in our many activities, which include:zendo sitting 2

  • 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
2016 Wall St.
Vancouver, B.C.

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.