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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".

Nov. 23-24    CLOSED

Nov. 27 Thurs.   THANKSGIVING ON THE MOUNTAIN   A Sangha-wide celebration of the traditional holiday in potluck fashion.  Members invited to bring their families and a savory dish to join the feast and give thanks together.  1 - 4 pm.   

Nov. 29 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Shinko Kwong 11 am. Zendo

Nov. 29 Sat.    JUKAI CEREMONY 2 pm. Zendo.  Reception 2:45pm Sangha House
Jukai literally means "to receive the precepts."  Jakusho Kwong-roshi will offer the precepts to the following students-Angus Atwell, Jesse Brunette, Azeb Clark, David Hirsch, Tom Huffman, Kurt Morella, Michael Persinger, and Brian Watson in the traditional Buddhist Refuge ceremony.   Jukai is the ceremony of formally becoming a Buddhist and of taking the 16 Bodhisattva precepts as guidelines for life. 

Dec. 2 - 6    ROHATSU 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.  This sesshin is a special retreat to commemorate the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment.  The last night of the retreat, Friday, Dec. 5, we will sit from midnight to 4 am.  We will conclude the retreat Dec. 6 at 6 am with a memorial procession for the anniversary of the death of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi to Suzuki-roshi's stupa.  Begins Tues. at 7:30 pm, ends Sat. 7:30 am.  10 periods of zazen daily meditation, 2 hours work, 3 oryoki meals in Zendo, dharma talks.
Non-Members: $60  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Dec 13 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo

Dec 13 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.

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: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50  Practicing M: $40

Jan. 5 Mon.    CLOSED

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  7pm  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: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

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: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

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. 1-4    CLOSED

Mar. 5-9     HOSTING HOLLOW BONES RETREAT – Not open to public

Mar 10-Apr 21 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:  $60/$12 per class    General M: $55   Practicing M: $50

Mar 14 Sat.   "ACTUALIZING THE 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: $60 General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

                               

 

 



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LINKS

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