Who We Are

Gathering in Portland, Oregon since 1996 Ring of Moss has roots in both the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen (Ch’an), as developed in the Diamond Sangha, with close ties to Ring of Bone Zendo on California’s rural San Juan Ridge. Meditation in community is central to our practice.

The Diamond Sangha tradition emphasizes koan practice. Koans present vivid examples of the Great Matter of life and death and serve as windows into awakening to the Way. We study koans from many sources, focusing on the Gateless Barrier, Blue Cliff Record, Record of Ease, and the Transmission of the Lamp.

Year-around instruction at Ring of Moss is available from Andrew Mason, authorized to teach by Nelson Foster in 2018. Andrew began Zen training with Robert Aitken in 1988.

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I follow my impulsive feet wherever they might go
my body is a pine tree surrounded by the snow
sometimes I simply stand beside a flowing stream
sometimes I chase a drifting cloud past another peak

Han-shan

COVID - 19 Protocol

Ring of Moss is currently meeting in person. We require that in-person participants provide proof of vaccination, or a positive antigen test.

Event Calendar

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Upcoming Events

  • Multiple Dates
    Sun, Feb 13
    Milwaukie
    Feb 13, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Milwaukie, 3525 SE Floss St, Milwaukie, OR 97222, USA
    A full morning of sitting with sutra service, dokusan, and dharma assembly.
  • May Sesshin
    Fri, May 20
    Ring of Moss Zendo
    May 20, 5:00 PM – May 25, 12:00 PM
    Ring of Moss Zendo, 3525 SE Floss St, Milwaukie, OR 97222, USA
  • Mountains & Rivers Backpacking Sesshin
    Sun, Jul 10
    Location is TBD
    Jul 10, 3:00 PM – Jul 16, 4:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Join us on the trail for days of walking meditation and mornings and evening sitting in the lovely Pacific NW forests.
  • Weekly Meditation
    Sun 7:30 - 8:30am, Wed 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Ring of Moss Zendo
    Sun 7:30 - 8:30am, Wed 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Ring of Moss Zendo, 3525 SE Floss St, Milwaukie, OR 97222, USA
    All are welcome