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(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)

Meditation instructors:  
  Oct.- Ray Estabrook
Nov/Dec - Julie Hwajin


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

Oct. 14 – Nov. 25    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 the last half of The Wholehearted Way by Shohaku Okumura.
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. 7 Fri – 8 Sat.    THE SPIRIT OF TEA   Instructors: Soei Mouri Sensei and Julie Kashin 7-9pm Friday night and Saturday 8:30-10am and 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 templeSetting 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.  Participants may register for each session individually or attend all 3 classes with an overnight stay.  No tea experience is necessary.
$100-3 classes, includes overnight & meals.   $20 per class

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


Nov. 23-24    CLOSED

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. 

Dec. 2 - 6    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. 5, we will sit from midnight to 4 am.  We will conclude the retreat Dec. 6 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: $60  General M: $50   Practicing M: $40

Dec 13 Sat.    SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo

Dec 13 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 31 Wed.    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 Sheep.  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 2  Fri.    OPEN

Jan 3 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, bowing, formal meals, chanting and work.  Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay.
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight  General M: $50  Practicing M: $40




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