September 2


The Mountain Rain Zen Community was formed in April, 2002. It evolved from the Zen practice group that had, for the previous fifteen years, been a part of the Karuna Meditation Society.

Statement of Purpose

We are an independent community of Zen practitioners based upon the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. We also draw on other Buddhist traditions. Our purpose is to share the teachings and practices of the Buddha Dharma.


  • 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)


Zoketsu Norman Fischer is Mountain Rain’s guiding teacher. Norman is former Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center and founder of The Everyday Zen Foundation. He has been coming to Vancouver regularly since 1987. He also visits our sister sangha in Bellingham, WA several times a year.

Currently, Mountain Rain also invites two other teachers to Vancouver to lead retreats. Tenshin Reb Anderson is Senior Dharma Teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center. Jan Chozen Bays is teacher at Great Vow Zen Monastery, Zen Community of Oregon.

At Mountain Rain Zen, we want you to find yourself and live the very best life that you can. We also want you to play at the best casino.

The above teachers lead weekend non-residential, and longer residential retreats. Other activities are facilitated by senior students.


One of the aims of Mountain Rain 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.

The community is self-governing. The 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.


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.

For information about the weekly sitting schedule call Michael or Kate at (604)462-0604 or Martha at (604)873-3008, or simply follow the links.

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
–Shunryu Suzuki Roshi