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CALENDAR

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

Meditation instructors:  
    July - David Koten Aug -John Kaian

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".

Jun 12 - Jul 24     RAKUSU SEWING CLASS 7 - 9 pm Thursdays This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to hand-stitch his/her own rakusu, a traditional lay Buddhist garment, representing Buddha’s robe. Open to everyone - those who need to replace their old rakusus and those who are considering receiving the precepts some time in the near future.
This is a wonderful opportunity to silently and mindfully create something together. If you have already sewn a rakusu and would like to sew one to donate to the Zen Center, we encourage you to come to the class for free.
$80 for Jukai students includes materials. Please sign-up and pay in advance. More information here.

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 2 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Erik Konpo “Unwavering Dharma” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug 9 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Erik Konpo “Unwavering Dharma” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug 10 - 17    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. Erik Konpo “Unwavering Dharma” will lead sesshin
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. 16-23    CLOSED TO HOST TAI-CHI GROUP

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

                               

 

 



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LINKS

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