(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)
Mar - Konpo Apr - Ray Estabrook
May - Nyoze
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".
Apr. 3-4 UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO STUDENTS VISIT SMZC Professor John Nelson brings his class to experience a day of Zen practice.
Apr. 4 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Erik Konpo 11 am Zendo
Apr. 8 - 11 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. 12 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. Please bring your favorite food ready-to-share and flowers for offering.
Apr. 13-14 CLOSED
Apr. 17-19 HOSTING DRALA – REOPEN Apr. 22 Wed.
Apr. 25 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. 25 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. Kashin will do a short presentation slideshow of the history and background of tea at the Sangha Potluck and introduce the tea workshop.
Apr. 25 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: $35
May 1-June 12 RAKUSU SEWING CLASS 7 - 9 pm Fridays and Tuesdays 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.
May 2 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong Roshi 11am Zendo
May 9 Sat. “ENTERING THE GATE” 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
May 11 Mon. CLOSED
May 16 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK David Koten 11am Zendo
May 22-29 HOSTING SHAMBHALA WEEKTHUN - REOPEN Sat. May 30 5am
May 30 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 activitie 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.
May 30 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Julie Kashin 11am Zendo
June 1 Mon. CLOSED
June 2-7 COMMUNITY SEWING RETREAT OPEN REGISTRATION Details TBD Reopen Wednesday, June 10
June 13 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Marian O’Neill 11am Zendo
June 15-30 ZUISSE TRIP TO JAPAN Kwong-roshi, Nyoze and his family along with Hoshis from Wisteria Wind will travel to Eiheiji and Sojiji to witness Nyoze’s Zuisse Ceremony. He will be abbot of the two head temples for one day and one night.
June 20 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Fern Alix-LaRocca 11am Zendo
June 27 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Chuck Tensan 11am Zendo
June 27 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: TBD
July 4th Sat. CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY