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(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
     June/July - David Koten


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

Jun 12 - Jul 24     RAKUSU SEWING CLASS 7 - 9 pm Thursdays 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.
$80 for Jukai students includes materials.  Non-jukai pay $5 per class. Please sign-up and pay in advance. More information here.

June 14 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Julie Kashin Kwong 11am  Zendo

June 21 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Marian O’Neill  11am  Zendo

June 21 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.  $50.  Instructor: Demian Nyoze

June 28 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Chuck Ramey  11am  Zendo


July 5 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Joseph Mumon  11am  Zendo

July 12 Sat.    MOMENT TO MOMENT 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

July 14 Mon.    CLOSED           

July 19 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Fern Alix-LaRocca  11am  Zendo

July 26 Sat.    SANGHA POTLUCK 10:30am-1:30pm   Members as well as the public are invited to come to the Zen Center for a day of sharing Dharma and food together as a Sangha.  Please bring your favorite dish to share.  There will be a short period of zazen followed by an opportunity for new members, and anyone wishing to renew their vows, to offer incense in the Zendo. 

July 28 - Aug. 23 SUMMER PRACTICE PERIOD   Summer Ango begins Mon., July 28 at 7:30 pm, and ends Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12 pm, followed by a Celebration Dinner at 6:30 pm.  This 27-day practice period includes six daily sittings, prostrations, oryoki meals, study, chanting, and work practice to enhance mindfulness.  Members and visitors are welcome to join us for zazen meditation anytime Monday through Sunday.  Please pick up the Ango schedule for the meditation period times.  This is a wonderful time for the entire Sangha to participate in this practice - whether in the Zendo, at work, or as a householder.  Direct your focus to extend your meditation into all your activities and be wholeheartedly present moment after moment.  Please come Monday, July 28 at 7:30 pm for the opening ceremony, as the Shuso (Head Student) – Erik Konpo Imhoff “Unwavering Dharma” presents the theme for Ango.
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Aug 2 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Erik Konpo “Unwavering Dharma” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug 9 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Erik Konpo “Unwavering Dharma” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug 10 - 17    ACTUALIZING THE WAY 7-DAY 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.  Begins Sunday at 7:30 pm and ends the following Sunday at 5 pm.  10 periods of zazen daily, 2 hours work practice, 3 oryoki meals, dharma talks, interviews with Kwong-roshi. Erik Konpo “Unwavering Dharma” will lead sesshin
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Aug 23 Sat.    ANGO CLOSING CEREMONY - "REVEALING THE SELF"  10:30 am zazen; 11 am Ceremony.  All members should come for the closing of our Practice Period.  Participants will ask Junko "Myoko" Davis dharma questions to reveal the truth of practice.  Please join us for the Shuso celebration dinner following the ceremony at 6:30 pm.  CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Aug  25-27    CLOSED

Aug 30 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Ray Estabrook 11 am. Zendo

Sep 6 Sat.    SONOMA MOUNTAIN BAZAAR:  Benefit for Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Unwind, loosen up and join us for our Annual Bazaar on the Moun­tain! Local vendors and talented artists will be offering contemporary pottery, paintings, photographs and textile creations. Enjoy homemade cookies, pies, baked goods, sumptuous foods and refreshing drinks under the oaks. Special performances will include taiko drumming, traditional Japanese tea ceremony, shakuhachi flute, koto stringed instrument and an extraordinary demonstration of the art of Kyudo “the way of the bow.” We will be holding a raffle for a re­markable treasure: a framed original calligraphy by Jakusho Kwong-roshi. 
Don’t miss this event! Bring family, friends, kids, and neighbors!  Mark your calendars and spread the word! ADMISSION FREE! Saturday 11 - 4pm

Sept. 8 Mon.    CLOSED

Sept. 13 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK John Kaian 11 am. Zendo





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