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Cultivating The Way

This silent Zen retreat offers an experience of intimacy with nature, with the other than human world, and ultimately, our own Buddha nature. How does the natural world, the tame and the wild, bring forth the teachings of the dharma? What happens to our questions when we listen deeply to the birds, trees, grasses and mountains?

The schedule balances naturalness with our traditional ritual forms. Experiencing the daily rhythm of the farm allows the mind to settle and fosters challenge, ease and insight. The modified retreat schedule is suitable for beginners who have some zazen experience and are familiar with ritual forms. The weekend includes zazen, meditation outdoors, mindful work, rest and reflection periods, dharma talks and sanzen.

This retreat is a benefit for Dharma Rain Zen Center in support of the work they are doing to care for the natural world and surrounding community in the urban Portland setting.

Sample Retreat Schedule

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To register for a retreat or event, please fill out the below form. Most retreats are open to beginners, but some may not be suitable for those with particular limitations. Feel free to contact us via the question form on the right if you have questions whether a particular retreat is a good fit for your level of experience. You may also use the form to ask any additional questions you may need answered.

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