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(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
May - Nyoze June - Koten


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


July 11 Sat.    “MOMENT TO MOMENT” ONE DAY SITTING 5:00 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

July 13 Mon. CLOSED

July 17-18 SATURDAY KIDS OVERNIGHT   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.  This kids community will be a special overnight camping version

July 18 Sat.   SLIDESHOW ON ZUISSE PILGRIMAGE - 10:30am Zendo
Please join us as Nyoze Kwong will present a photo slideshow and lecture on his journey to Eiheiji and Sojiji to become abbot for one day and one night. This is a very auspicious milestone for Genjoji as we connect further with the lineage.

July 25 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Joseph Mumon O’Neill  11am Zendo

July 27-30      SOTOSHU TEMPLE STAY KIDS PROGRAM:  5 kids of Sotoshu temple priests join SMZC for zazen and practice.  The kids will have a modified schedule of zazen, oryoki, work practice and hikes.  Rev. Hakujin Kuryonagi head teacher of Eiheiji's International Department will be visiting with the kids as well.  SMZC is honored to give these kids a unique experience of Zen in America that they can take back with them to Japan.

July 28 - Aug. 22    SUMMER PRACTICE PERIOD     Summer Ango begins Mon., July 27 at 7:30 pm, and ends Saturday, Aug. 22 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 27 at 7:30 pm for the opening ceremony, as the Shuso (Head Student) – Gyda Myoji  Tryggadottir “Bright Compassion” of the Icelandic Nátthagi Sangha presents the theme for Ango.
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

Aug 1 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Gyda Myoji Tryggadottir “Bright Compassion” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug 2 Sun.   HOSSENSHIKI CEREMONY FOR MIKOLAJ UJI 10:30 am. Mikolaj Uji Markiewicz will have his Hossenshiki Ceremony during this Summer Ango. This will formalize his path to becoming a teacher and will bring the Kannon Sangha towards recognition as part of hte Soto Zen lineage.. Uji is one of the founders of the Kannon Zen Center in Poland and holds the title of Hoshi.

Aug 8 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY SHUSO TALK Gyda Myoji Tryggadottir  “Bright Compassion” 11 am. Zendo.

Aug 8 Sat.   SHUKKE TOKUDO ORDINATION CEREMONY 2 pm. Zendo Shukke Tokudo means "Leaving Home". Ray "Eko" Estabrook, Gyda "Myoji" Tryggadottir and Mike " Jundo" Farrand 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.

Aug 9-16   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. Gyda Myoji Tryggadottir “Bright Compassion” will lead sesshin
Non-Members: $65 per day/overnight  General M: $55   Practicing M: $45

10:30 am zazen; 11 am Ceremony.  All members should come for the closing of our Practice Period.  Participants will ask Gyda Myoji “Bright Compassion” 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 23-26    CLOSED

Aug 29 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Chris Katsuzen  11am Zendo

Sept. 5 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK John Kaian  11am Zendo

Sept. 12 Sat.    SONOMA MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER 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. 13-20    CLOSED TO HOST TAI CHI GROUP except for TEA WORKSHOP 9/19

Sept. 19 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.  

Sept. 23 Wed.    SPECIAL GUEST DHARMA TALK Tim Zentetsu Burkett 7:30pm  Zendo Minnesota Zen Meditation Zenter’s Guiding Teacher, Tim Burkett, began practicing in spring 1964 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi while attending Stanford University.
After completing his BA at Stanford, Tim attended the maiden practice period at San Francisco Zen Center's Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 1967. In 1970, Tim and his wife, Linda moved to Minnesota, where Tim continued his sitting practice. Tim became a dharma heir of Karen Sunna in the Katagiri lineage in 2000, and succeeded Karen as abbot in 2002. He is also a licensed Ph.D. psychologist and director of an agency that supports people with mental illness.

Sept. 26 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.

Sept. 26 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. 




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