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(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
May - Koten  June - Kaian


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

May 28 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Susan Gesshin  11 am.  Zendo

June 4 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi  11 am. Zendo

June 4 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

June 5 Sun.  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.

June 6 Mon.    CLOSED

June 9-12    "NO BEGINNING, NO END" 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 and resume our original nature. This Sesshin is a 3 day practice period that will allow us to dive into the core of Zen training. A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind from moment to moment manifesting the realization of the Way. It includes a rigorous schedule that begins at 5 a.m. and includes 10 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work, Dharma talks, private interviews. and ends at 9 pm. Retreat begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and ends Sunday, June 12, at 5 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for those unable to come for the entire retreat due to work commitments.
Non-members $65/day General $55/day Practicing $45/day

June 13-14    CLOSED

June 18 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Nyoze Kwong  11 am. Zendo


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


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 Friday 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.






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