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CALENDAR

MEDITATION INSTRUCTION
(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
October - Koten
November - Julie

FRIDAY: ORYOKI INSTRUCTION (6:40-7:15 pm) David

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

Oct. 1 - Nov. 12   FALL STUDY GROUP Every Tuesday, 7:30-9pm Investigating and "turning our radiance inward" through Zen practice, we begin to discover what our mind really is.  Jakusho Kwong-roshi and Shinko Kwong will be lecturing and leading discussions.  Book will be second half of Living By Vow by Shohaku Okumura. This will be a six-week course.
Non-Members: $60/$12 per class    General M: $55   Practicing M: $50

Oct 26 Sat.   ONE BODY MOVING FORWARD Fall Council 9am-3pm
This Fall Council will be the third in a series of four councils. Through the Four Societies
Council Process we will continue to culti- vate and refine our responses to help guide the Zen Center so that we can sustain the wisdom of this ancient Buddhist practice for generations to come. We warmly invite everyone to come and share your voice, thoughts and ideas which are vital in this process manifesting and building intimate community. Speaking and listening from the heart, aiming at deep communication we will create com-
passion and come together as One Body Moving Forward. A delicious potluck lunch will be served.

Oct 28 Mon.  KWONG-ROSHI AND NYOZE LEAVE FOR JAPAN AND KOREA   Roshi and Nyoze will visit Suzuki-roshi's home Temple, Rinsoin in Shizuoka, Japan. They will connect with Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi and also Mitsu Suzuki who is 99 years old. They will then fly to Korea to stay with Bumju Soen-sa (Zen Master). Roshi and Nyoze will be looking to scroll all the wonderful calligraphies Bumju has given to the Zen Center over the years.

Nov 1-4      HOSTING HOLLOW BONES Closed to the public

Nov 7 Thur.  KWONG-ROSHI AND NYOZE RETURN

Nov 9 Sat.   "BEING TIME" 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, bowing, formal meals, chanting and work practice.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay. 
Non-Members: $60 General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Nov 11 Mon.   CLOSED

Nov. 16 Sat.  SATURDAY COMMUNITY  STUDENT TALK Joseph Mumon 10:30am Zendo

Nov 23 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK John Kaian 10:30am Zendo

Nov 28 Thur.    THANKSGIVING  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.  1-4pm.   

Nov 30 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 10:30am Zendo

Dec 3-7    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. 6th we will sit from midnight to 4am.  We will conclude the retreat Dec. 7th 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. 7:30am.  10 periods of zazen daily meditation, 2 hours work, 3 oryoki meals in Zendo, dharma talks.
Non-Members: $60  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Dec 14 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi  10:30am  Zendo

Dec 17- Jan 1   CLOSED FOR WINTER RETREAT

Jan 2 Thur.    OPEN FOR 2014!

Jan 4 Sat.    NEW YEARS ONE DAY SITTING 4:45am-5pm An opportunity for beginners as well as experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice.  8 periods of meditation, bowing, formal meals, chanting and work practice.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay. 
Non-Members: $60 General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Jan 11 Sat.    WINTER COMMUNITY COUNCIL PROCESS 9am-3pm Please join us for the 4th and final Council Process to make your voice heard.
We will keep everyone updated.

Jan 18 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi  10:30am  Zendo

Jan 19-24    HOSTING HOLLOW BONES Closed to the public

Jan 25 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Demian Nyoze  10:30am  Zendo

Jan 27 - Feb. 22  SPECIAL KESSEI ANGO PRACTICE PERIOD
We are preparing for a special Winter Ango Practice Period for 2014.  This will mark Sonoma Mountain Zen Center’s 71st Practice Period and it will be SMZC’s first registered Practice Period through Japan’s Soto Zen Headquarters which will give Jakusho Kwong-roshi the title Daiosho.  In addition, on February 22, 2014 Nyoze will have his Shuso Hossen Ceremony which will culminate and certify his 6-month training at Eiheiji Monastery in 2011.  Our entire Sangha will be asked to seriously commit themselves to participate in this Ango as much as possible, either wholeheartedly as householders with jobs outside our temple gates, or as guests practicing diligently here on Sonoma Mountain.  Be sure to come Monday, January 27 at 7:30pm for the opening ceremony, as the 1st week’s Shuso Chris Katsuzen “Alive Zen” will present the theme for Ango. More details available here.
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

 

 

 

                               

 

 



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LINKS

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
6367 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa CA 95404
(707).545.8105
smzc@smzc.net