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(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
Feb - John Kaian
Mar - Konpo


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

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: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

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. 1-3    CLOSED


Mar. 10-Apr 28 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 Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo by Shohaku Okumura. This will be a six-week course.
Non-Members:  $65/$12 per class    General M: $60  Practicing M: $55

Mar. 14 Sat. "JUST THIS 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: $65 General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Mar. 16 Mon.    CLOSED

Mar. 20-21     GUEST SPEAKER  Susan Moon  Two Talks -- Friday 7:30pm - Saturday 11am.  Zendo.
Join us for a special presentation by Buddhist writer and teacher, Susan Moon. Susan is the author of The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, as well as the editor of “Not Turning Away: The Practice of Engaged Buddhism.” Moon was also the editor of “Turning Wheel,” a journal on socially engaged Buddhism. Susan has been a Zen student since 1976, practicing in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi at Berkeley Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, Green Gulch Farm, and now with Zoketsu Norman Fischer’s Everyday Zen sangha. She received “entrustment” as a lay teacher in 2005. $10 donation appreciated.

Mar. 21 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

Mar. 28 Sat.  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.

Mar. 30 Mon.  CLOSED

Apr. 3-4    UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO STUDENTS VISIT SMZC Professor John Nelson brings his class to experience a day of Zen practice.

Apr. 4 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Erik Konpo 11 am Zendo

Apr. 8 - 11  BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY SESSHIN A silent retreat to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha.  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 Wednesday, 7:30pm, and ends Saturday, 3:30pm.  10 periods of zazen daily, 2 hours work practice, 3 oryoki meals, dharma talks, and interviews with Kwong-roshi.  
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Apr. 12 Sun.   BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 1-4pm All Sangha, friends, and family are invited to come and join us.  Ceremony: 1 - 1:45pm.  Outdoor reception: 2 - 4 pm.  Please bring your favorite food ready-to-share and flowers for offering.

Apr. 13-14   CLOSED

Apr. 17-19   HOSTING DRALA – REOPEN Apr. 22 Wed.

Apr. 25 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.

 Apr. 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.  Kashin will do a short presentation slideshow of the history and background of tea at the Sangha Potluck and introduce the tea workshop.

Apr. 25 Sat.    WABICHA: TEA OF QUIET TASTE    Instructors: Soei Mouri Sensei and Julie Kashin  1-4pm 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.  Kashin will do a short presentation slideshow of the history and background of tea at the Sangha Potluck and introduce the tea workshop. 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 necessary.  
All participants: $35

May 1-June 12    RAKUSU SEWING CLASS 7 - 9 pm Fridays and Tuesdays 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.
Jukai students pay $80 includes materials.  Non-jukai pay $5 per class.  Please sign-up and pay in advance.

May 2 Sat.   SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong Roshi 11am Zendo

May 9 Sat.   “ENTERING THE GATE” ONE DAY SITTING 5:15 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

May 11 Mon.  CLOSED

May 16 Sat.  SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK David Koten  11am Zendo





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