(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)
Nov/Dec - Kashin
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. 1 - 5 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. 4, we will sit from midnight to 4 am. We will conclude the retreat Dec. 5 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: $65 General M: $55 Practicing M: $45
Dec. 12 Sat. TEA CEREMONY WORKSHOP Instructors: Soei Mouri Sensei and Julie Kashin 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. 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 is necessary.
Dec. 12 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Ray Eko 11 am. Zendo
Dec. 19 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo
Dec. 19 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. 20- Jan.3 CLOSED FOR WINTER RETREAT
Dec. 31 Thur. 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 Monkey. 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. 4 Mon. OPEN
Jan. 9 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. 11 Mon. CLOSED
Jan. 16 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo
Jan. 16-22 HOST HOLLOW BONES – REOPEN Jan. 23 Sat.
Jan. 23 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Shinko Kwong 11 am. Zendo
Jan. 25 Mon. SOTOSHU TEMPLE PRIESTS AND FAMILIES VISIT SONOMA MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER TO EXPERIENCE ZEN IN AMERICA
Jan. 30 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Nyoze Kwong 11 am. Zendo