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Sunday Sila – Sunday morning meditation, reflection, and check-in
Led by Sakula

10:00 – 10:45 Meditation and five-minute break
10:45 – 11:15 Dhamma Reflections (video not recorded, reflections recorded for podcast)
11:15 – 11:30 Dialogue, Q n’ A (not recorded) – this session may go longer if folks wish to stay
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Reflections – Tuesday night meditation, reflection, and check-in
Led by Jessica Swanson

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Meditation, Reflections, and Voluntary Check-in
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Investigations – Friday night meditation, reflection, and discussion
Led by Matthew Grad

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
7:00 – 7:45 – Meditation
7:45 – 9:00 – Short Break, Dhamma Reflections, and Discussion
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Family and Kids Program – Tutorials and handouts for family-friendly Buddhist activities
Led by Jessica Swanson
Join the Family & Kids subgroup for information and links
Contact Jessica if you have any questions

Virtually Bookish – An eight-week Buddhist book group
Led by Ruby Grad

Every Other Saturday from April 18th – July 25th
Time:  12:00 noon – 2:30  Pacific Time
Contact Ruby if you have any questions
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A Sew Mindful Workshop – A workshop sewing masks for family and community
Hosted by Sakula and Charla Chamberlain

Saturday, April 25th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Contact us for Zoom log in info and/or to request future sew-a-longs


Home Retreat, a Guide for 1 to 10-day self-retreats
Written and supported by Matthew Grad

Hand to Heart – A PFoD Food Bank
Please contact if you are in need of any help to pay for and/or delivering food or medicines
Contact person: Jane Maskill

Sangha Helpline
Steve has offered to build a contact list of members of the sangha who would like to offer help to others in their neighborhoods during this covid19 crisis.
Visit Sangha Helpline
Contact Steve Diamond if you have any questions

Encouraging Words

Messages to our community from our extended Dhamma family of visiting teachers
Click here to view video and written messages


Beginners Meditation Class

Meditating Anagarika

Meditation for Beginners introduces the participants to the practice of meditation.  This course consists of six two-hour classes held over six weeks. Students can join as late as the second class after which this course closes to new arrivals.

This course is taught two or three times a year by senior students of the Ajahn Chah lineage.

Course Objectives

  • To know what meditation is and how it can benefit daily life
  • To support you in establishing a daily meditation practice thru instruction and group sharing
  • To expose you to teachings, teachers, groups, and retreats available for your ongoing support

Annual Board Meeting

Annual Board Meeting 9:00am – 4:00pm (includes a Potluck lunch break)

Open to the Community – everyone encouraged to come

Includes Year end Reports and Elections of new officers

Leadership Retreat

A working retreat for the PFoD Teachers, Board, Program Committee and Operational Team to begin preliminary work on a 5 year plan.

Friday, March 6th – Sunday March 8th, 2015

Book Group

Book Discussion Group – Led by Paul Gerhards

Begins New Book on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00pm, Downstairs

“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert Pirsig.
“The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon….The real cycle you’re working on is yourself.” — From the book

The PFoD book discussion group creates an opportunity for community members to come together in a social atmosphere to discuss how Dhamma reveals itself in fiction and nonfiction.

Our intention is to explore titles outside the category of Buddhist instruction or commentary in favor of those where factors of Dhamma may not be immediately apparent. In doing so, we may more easily see how lessons of Dhamma and opportunities of practice reveal themselves in our workaday lives.
Open to all.
For more information, contact Paul Gerhards

Ajahn Sudanto Visit: Friday, July 19

Ajahn Sudanto reading bookFriday, July 19, 2013
Informal Tea: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Meditation &

Dhamma Talk: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

This Friday evening the Pacific Hermitage monks will be at Friends of the Dhamma to receive tea and offer teachings. The monks will be fresh off their tudong—three weeks of hiking and practicing along the Pacific Coast Trail—and will likely have some inspiring stories and reflections to share about that.

At teatime (5:30 – 6:30 PM) there will be informal conversation with the monks—a great opportunity to discuss Dhamma with them and inquire about your practice. This will happen downstairs. Then at 7:00 PM there will be formal meditation and a Dhamma talk. This will take place upstairs in the main hall.

We need a few folks to help with the tea offering. If you can pitch in, please contact us—and thanks!

Hope to see you Friday for some awesome Dhamma.

Note: Please don’t park in the shaded areas shown on this map.

Our History with Dharma Rain Zendo

Did you know that Sakula painted the sign above the main entrance of the Dharma Rain Zendo 15 years ago? It’s also where Sakula and Alistair heard their first Dhamma talk, and met their first monk Theravada monk – Ajahn Amaro.

Many in our community have practiced in this building. Soon, we’ll be adding a comments section here. If you have some history or connection or fond memory with this building we would love to hear from you. Please check back soon and share your comments here.