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CALENDAR

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

Meditation instructors:  
Nov/Dec - Kashin
Jan - Koten

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".

Dec 17- Jan 1  CLOSED FOR WINTER RETREAT

Dec. 31 Wed.    RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR 10:30 pm to 1 am.  A wonderful chance to get together and renew our commitment to practice for the New Year.  Join the community for traditional, informal noodles in the sangha house. After a short zazen to close the year, at exactly midnight, everyone will get a chance will ring the bonsho 108 times to welcome the Year of the Sheep.  Bring a small piece of paper inscribed with any Karmic hindrances you wish to burn away during the ceremony.  Refreshments offered following the ceremony.

Jan. 2  Fri.    OPEN

Jan. 3 Sat.    NEW YEAR’S 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, formal meals, chanting and work.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55  Practicing M: $45

Jan. 5 Mon.    CLOSED

Jan. 10 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi       11 am. Zendo

Jan. 11-16    HOST HOLLOW BONES – REOPEN Jan.  17 Sat.

Jan. 17 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Shinko Kwong 11 am. Zendo

Jan. 24 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Demian Nyoze 11 am. Zendo

Jan. 30 Fri.  SPECIAL GUEST DHARMA TALK Shohaku Okumura-roshi  7:30pm  Zendo Shohaku Okumura is the founder and Guiding Teacher of Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana.  After Okumura-roshi studying under Kosho Uchiyama, he traveled to the U.S. where he co-founded Minnesota Zen Center.  He is the author of several books including Living by Vow and Realizing Genjo Koan.

Jan. 31 Sat.  SPECIAL GUEST DHARMA TALK Shohaku Okumura-roshi  11am  Zendo Shohaku Okumura is the founder and Guiding Teacher of Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana.  After Okumura-roshi studying under Kosho Uchiyama, he traveled to the U.S. where he co-founded Minnesota Zen Center.  He is the author of several books including Living by Vow and Realizing Genjo Koan.

Feb. 2 - Feb. 28  WINTER PRACTICE PERIOD Winter Ango begins Mon., Feb. 2nd at 7:30 pm, and ends Saturday, Feb. 28 at 12 pm, followed by a Celebration Dinner at 6:30 pm.  This 27-day practice period includes six daily sittings, 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 February 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.  Be sure to come Monday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm for the opening ceremony, as the Shuso Mike Jundo Farrand “Purehearted Way” will present the theme for Ango.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Feb. 7 Sat.    SHUSO TALK Mike Jundo Farrand “Purehearted Way” 11 am Zendo

Feb. 14 Sat.    SHUSO TALK Mike Jundo Farrand “Purehearted Way” 11 am Zendo

Feb. 15-22     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.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Feb. 28 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 the Shuso dharma questions to reveal the truth of practice.  Please join us for the Shuso celebration dinner following the ceremony at 6:00 pm.  CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Mar. 1-3    CLOSED

Mar. 5-8     HOSTING HOLLOW BONES RETREAT – REOPEN MAR. 10 Tue.

Mar. 10-Apr 28 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.  Shinko Kwong with senior students will be lecturing and leading discussions on a book to be announced. This will be a six-week course.
Non-Members:  $65/$12 per class    General M: $60  Practicing M: $55

Mar. 14 Sat. "ACTUALIZING THIS MOMENT" 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, formal meals, chanting and work practice.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay.  
Non-Members: $65 General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Mar. 16 Mon.    CLOSED

Mar. 21 Sat.    GUEST SPEAKER  Susan Moon  11 a.m.  Zendo Join us for a special presentation by Buddhist writer and teacher, Susan Moon. Susan is the author of The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, as well as the editor of “Not Turning Away: The Practice of Engaged Buddhism.” Moon was also the editor of “Turning Wheel,” a journal on socially engaged Buddhism. Susan has been a Zen student since 1976, practicing in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi at Berkeley Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, Green Gulch Farm, and now with Zoketsu Norman Fischer’s Everyday Zen sangha. She received “entrustment” as a lay teacher in 2005.

Mar. 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.  $55  Instructor: TBA

Mar. 28 Sat.  SPRING 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.

Mar. 30 Mon.    CLOSED

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 DHARMA 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

                               

 

 



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LINKS

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