(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)
Jan- Koten Feb - Kaian
FRIDAY: ORYOKI INSTRUCTION (6:40-7:15 pm) Julie
*Friday-7:30-8:30pm Zazen/Kinhin & 8:30-9pm-Chant Kan Ro Mon “Gate of Sweet Nectar".
Mar. 4 - May 6 RAKUSU SEWING CLASS 7 - 9 pm Fridays This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to hand-stitch his/her own rakusu, a traditional lay Buddhist garment, representing Buddha’s robe. Open to everyone - those who need to replace their old rakusus and those who are considering receiving the precepts some time in the near future.
This is a wonderful opportunity to silently and mindfully create something together. If you have already sewn a rakusu and would like to sew one to donate to the Zen Center, we encourage you to come to the class for free.
Jukai students pay $80 includes materials. Non-jukai pay $5 per class. Please sign-up and pay in advance.
Mar. 4-5 UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO STUDENTS VISIT SMZC Professor John Nelson brings his class to experience a day of Zen practice.
Mar. 5 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo
Mar. 8 – Apr. 26 SPRING 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. Senior students will be lecturing and leading discussions on Realizing Genjo-koan by Shohaku Okumura. This will be a six-week course.
Non-Members: $65/$12 per class General M: $60 Practicing M: $55
Mar. 12 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK John Kaian 11 am. Zendo
Mar. 13 Sun. "ACTUALIZING THIS MOMENT" ONE DAY SITTING 5 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
Mar. 14-15 CLOSED
Mar. 19 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK David Koten 11 am. Zendo
Mar. 19 Sat. INTRODUCTION TO ZEN WORKSHOP 9-3pm. An introduction to Zen teachings, Zendo form, rituals, instruction on zazen, and also main concepts as basic foundation for Zen practice. For beginners and intermediate people who would like to gain more insight into the philosophy of Zen and how to actualize those principles in everyday life. Includes vegetarian lunch. $55. Instructor: Mike Jundo
Mar. 26 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Chris Katsuzen 11 am. Zendo
Apr. 1 - Apr 4 CLOSED TO PUBLIC – HOSTING ORDER OF INTERBEING
Apr. 6 - 9 BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY SESSHIN A silent retreat to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. 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. Begins Wednesday, 7:30pm, and ends Saturday, 3:30pm. 10 periods of zazen daily, 2 hours work practice, 3 oryoki meals, dharma talks, and interviews with Kwong-roshi.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight General M: $55 Practicing M: $45
Apr. 10 Sun. BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 1-4pm All Sangha, friends, and family are invited to come and join us. Ceremony: 1 - 1:45pm. Outdoor reception: 2 - 4 pm. Bring prepared food ready to serve and flowers for offering.
Apr 11 - 12 CLOSED
Apr. 16 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Shinko Kwong 11 am. Zendo
Apr. 16 Sat. WABICHA: TEA OF QUIET TASTE Instructors: Soei Mouri Sensei and Julie Kashin 1-4pm
This program provides an opportunity to study tea in the Omote Senke tradition. Join us for Japanese sweets and tea, silent meditation, investigate Zen and the Way of Tea through conversation, relax in the peaceful temple setting of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Kashin will do a short presentation slideshow of the history and background of tea at the Sangha Potluck and introduce the tea workshop. Teachers will lead participants through the basic forms of preparing and serving matcha (whisked green tea) and the various roles of a tea guest.No tea experience necessary.
All participants: $20
Apr. 23 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Chuck Tensan 11 am. Zendo
Apr. 23 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.
Apr. 30 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Julie Kashin 11 am. Zendo