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(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
  Oct - Konpo Nov - Kashin


*Friday-7:30-8:30pm Zazen/Kinhin & 8:30-9pm-Chant Kan Ro Mon “Gate of Sweet Nectar".

Oct. 13- Nov. 17   FALL STUDY GROUP  Every Tuesday, 7:30 - 9 pm Investigating and "turning our radiance inward" through Zen practice, we begin to discover the intimate nature of Mind.  Shinko Kwong with senior students will be lecturing and leading discussions on a book to be announced. This will be a six-week course.
Non-Members:  $65/$12 per class    General M: $60  Practicing M: $55

Oct. 17 Sat.   FALL WORKFEST  8:30am – 4pm All Sangha members, families, and friends are invited to come for a day of fun and work in the spirit of traditional "barn-raising" effort and together action.  Snacks and delicious lunch provided.


Nov. 3 Tue.   REOPEN

Nov. 7 Sat.  “BEING TIME” ONE DAY SITTING 5:15 am to 5 pm An opportunity for beginners as well as experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice.  8 periods of meditation, formal meals, chanting and work practice.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay. 
Non-Members: $65 General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Nov. 8-15    SHIHO TRANSMISSION FOR MIKOLAJ UJI Mikolaj Uji will undertake the Shiho Transmission Ceremony to be confirmed as teacher in Poland.

Nov. 12 Thurs.       PUBLIC HEARING ON MANDALA PROJECT ZENDO 1 – 4pm The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments will be hearing on SMCZs use permit amendment.

Nov. 13-14     GUEST SPEAKER  Barbara Rhodes - Soeng Hyang Soen Sa Nim Friday 7:30pm - Saturday 11 a.m.  Zendo.
Join us for a special presentation by Guiding Teacher of Kwan Um Zen School, Barbara Rhodes. She received dharma transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn on October 10, 1992. Barbara was one of Zen Master Seung Sahn’s first American students and studied with him since 1972. She was given inka in 1977. A registered nurse since 1969, she works for Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She helped found Providence Zen Center, and lived there for seventeen years, serving in a number of administrative capacities. She also initiated Providence Zen Center’s ongoing series of Christian-Buddhist gatherings. Zen Master Soeng Hyang has a daughter and lives with her partner, Mary, in Providence.


Nov. 26 Thurs.   THANKSGIVING ON THE MOUNTAIN  A Sangha-wide celebration of the traditional holiday in potluck fashion.  Members invited to bring their families and a savory dish to join the feast and give thanks together.  1 - 4 pm.   

Nov. 28 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Mike Jundo  11am Zendo

Dec. 1 - 5    ROHATSU SESSHIN Sesshin, literally "to touch the Mind," is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self in order to resume our original nature.  This sesshin is a special retreat to commemorate the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment.  The last night of the retreat, Friday, Dec. 5, we will sit from midnight to 4 am.  We will conclude the retreat Dec. 6 at 6 am with a memorial procession for the anniversary of the death of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi to Suzuki-roshi's stupa.  Begins Tues. at 7:30 pm, ends Sat. 7:30 am.  10 periods of zazen daily meditation, 2 hours work, 3 oryoki meals in Zendo, dharma talks.
Non-Members: $65  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Dec. 12 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Rsy Eko 11 am. Zendo

Dec. 19 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo

Dec. 19 Sat.    SATURDAY KIDS COMMUNITY   10:30am-12:30pm  This program is an opportunity for Sangha members and friends to introduce their children to the Zen Center in a fun and creative way. Supervised, age-appropriate activities introduce children to the Zen Center as a fun, safe, nurturing environment. Children can join their parents for an informal vegetarian lunch following activities. Parents are welcome to join in the fun along with their children or participate in Saturday community practice.


Dec. 31 Thur.    RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR 10:30 pm to 1 am.  A wonderful chance to get together and renew our commitment to practice for the New Year.  Join the community for traditional, informal noodles in the sangha house. After a short zazen to close the year, at exactly midnight, everyone will get a chance will ring the bonsho 108 times to welcome the Year of the Sheep.  Bring a small piece of paper inscribed with any Karmic hindrances you wish to burn away during the ceremony.  Refreshments offered following the ceremony.

Jan. 4  Mon.    OPEN

Jan. 9 Sat.    NEW YEAR’S ONE-DAY SITTING  4:45 am to 5 pm.  An opportunity for beginners as well as experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice.  8 periods of meditation, formal meals, chanting and work.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55  Practicing M: $45

Jan. 11 Mon.    CLOSED

Jan. 16 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo

Jan. 16-22    HOST HOLLOW BONES – REOPEN Jan.  23 Sat.

Jan. 23 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Shinko Kwong 11 am. Zendo

Jan. 30 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Nyoze Kwong  11 am. Zendo





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Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
6367 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa CA 95404