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(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
    Sept. -Demian Nyoze Oct.- Ray Estabrook


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

July 28 - Aug. 23 SUMMER PRACTICE PERIOD   Summer Ango begins Mon., July 28 at 7:30 pm, and ends Saturday, Aug. 23 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, July 28 at 7:30 pm for the opening ceremony, as the Shuso (Head Student) – Erik Konpo Imhoff “Unwavering Dharma” presents the theme for Ango.
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Aug 23 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 Erik Konpo 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  25-27    CLOSED

Aug 30 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Ray Estabrook 11 am. Zendo

Sept. 6 Sat.    SONOMA MOUNTAIN 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, 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 a re­markable treasure: a framed original calligraphy by Jakusho Kwong-roshi. 
Don’t miss this event! Bring family, friends, kids, and neighbors!  Mark your calendars and spread the word! ADMISSION FREE! Saturday 11 - 4pm

Sept. 8 Mon.    CLOSED

Sept. 13 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK John Kaian 11 am. Zendo

Sept. 13 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.  $50.  Instructor: TBA


Sept. 27 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.

Sept. 27 Sat.    SATURDAY KIDS’ COMMUNITY     10:15am-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 28 Sun.     STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT 9-5pm  Sangha House

Sept. 29 Mon.    CLOSED

Oct. 2-5    BODDHIDHARMA 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, 7:30 pm, and ends Sunday, 5 pm.  10 periods of zazen daily, 2 hours work practice, 3 oryoki meals, dharma talks, and interviews with Kwong-roshi.
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Oct. 6-7     CLOSED

Oct. 11 Sat.  SHUKKE TOKUDO ORDINATION CEREMONY 10 am. Zendo    Shukke Tokudo means "Leaving Home".  Julie “Kashin” Kwong, Erik “Konpo” Imhoff, and Chuck “Tensan” Ramey will deepen their connection to the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.  Closed to public but family, members and friends are also warmly invited to share in this auspicous ceremony.

Oct. 14 – Dec. 9    FALL STUDY GROUP Every Tuesday, 7:30 - 9 pm  Investigating and "turning our radiance inward" through Zen practice, we begin to discover what our mind really is.  Jakusho Kwong-roshi and Shinko Kwong will be lecturing and leading discussions.  Book will be second half of Living By Vow by Shohaku Okimura. This will be a six-week course.
Non-Members: $60/$12 per class    General M: $55   Practicing M: $50

Oct. 18 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong Roshi 11 am. Zendo


Oct. 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. 

Oct. 27 Mon.    CLOSED

Nov. 1 Sat.    "BEING TIME" ONE DAY SITTING 5:15am to 5 pm An opportunity for     beginners as well as experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice.  8 periods of meditation, bowing, formal meals, chanting and work practice.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay. z
Non-Members: $60 General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Nov. 3 Mon.    CLOSED

Nov. 8 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Mike Farrand 11 am. Zendo


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. Jukai literally means "to receive the precepts."  Jakusho Kwong-roshi will offer the precepts to the following students 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. 




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