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CALENDAR

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

Meditation instructors:  
   July - Eko Aug -

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".

July 2 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Mike Jundo  11 am. Zendo

July 4 Mon.    CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 9 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Ray Eko  11 am. Zendo

July. 10 Sun.    "MOMENT TO 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 Saturday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay. 
Non-Members: $65 General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Jule 11-12    CLOSED

July 16 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Jesse Brunette  11 am. Zendo

July 23 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Peter Pocock  11 am. Zendo

July 30 Sat.     GUEST SPEAKER  Prof. John Nelson  Friday 7pm - Saturday 11 a.m.  Zendo. John Nelson is Professor of East Asian religions in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco. Professor Nelson has led a group of undergraduates up to Sonoma Mountain Zen Center annually for many years to experience a day and night of zen practice. He is the author of Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan, two books on Shinto in contemporary Japan: A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine, and Enduring Identities: the Guise of Shinto in Contemporary Japan, numerous articles, and has produced two short documentary videos, "Spirits of the State: Japan's Yasukuni Shrine" (2005) and "Japan's Rituals of Remembrance: 50 Years after the Pacific War" (1997). He co-edited the reference volume titled Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions.

Aug. 1 - 27    SUMMER PRACTICE PERIOD   Summer Ango begins Mon., August 1 at 7:30 pm, and ends Saturday, Aug. 27 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, Aug 1 at 7:30 pm for the opening ceremony, as the Shuso (Head Student) – Ewa Kaian “Ocean Calm” of the Polish Kannon Sangha presents the theme for Ango.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Aug. 6 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Ewa Kaian “Ocean Calm” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug. 13 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Ewa Kaian “Ocean Calm” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug. 14 - 21    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. Ewa Kaian “Ocean Calm” will lead sesshin
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Aug. 27 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 Ewa Kaian “Ocean Calm” 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. 28 - 31    CLOSED

Sept. 3 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi  11 am. Zendo

Sept. 10 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK John Kaian  11 am. Zendo

Sept. 17 Sat.    PREPARING FOR BAZAAR 9am-8pm  Please come and help prepare for the big event!  Email or call for details.

Sept. 18 Sun.    SONOMA MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER 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, Kendo fencing demonstration, 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 many great prizes as well.
Don’t miss this event! Bring family, friends, kids, and neighbors!  Mark your calendars and spread the word! ADMISSION FREE! Sunday 11 - 4pm

Sept. 24 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.

Sept. 24 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. 

Sept. 26 - Oct. 3    CLOSED TO HOST TAI CHI GROUP

Oct. 4 - Nov. 22     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 the second part of Realizing Genjo Koan by Shohaku Okumura-roshi. This will be a six-week course.

Oct. 6-9    BODHIDHARMA 3-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 Thursday at 7:30 pm and ends Sunday at 5 pm.  10 periods of zazen daily, 2 hours work practice, 3 oryoki meals, dharma talks, interviews with Kwong-roshi.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Oct. 10 - 11    CLOSED

Oct. 15 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.

Oct. 17 - 18    CLOSED – REOPEN 7 PM TUESDAY 10/18 FOR STUDY GROUP

Oct. 22 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Fern Larocca  11 am. Zendo

Oct. 29 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Chris Katsuzen  11 am. Zendo

Oct. 31 Mon.    CLOSED

 

 

                               

 

 



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LINKS

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