(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)
March- Eko April - Nyoze
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".
May. 7 Sat. SANGHA POTLUCK 10:30 Zendo Sonoma Mountain Zen Center invites everyone with a “beginners mind” to bring your favorite dish, share, and welcome new Sangha members, family and friends. There will be a short period of zazen followed by an opportunity for new members and anyone wishing to renew their vows and offer incense in the Zendo.
We are very pleased tto have our very own Chris Katsuzen give a talk and presentation on Zen and Aikido. Katsuzen is a black belt in the noble art of Aikido and has demonstrated previously at the Sonoma Mandala Bazaar!
May. 10 Tues. CHARTER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS MINDFULNESS PROGRAM Chris Katsuzen will visit with a class from the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts. The class will engage in mindful activities as they relate to Zen.
May 12-15 CLOSED TO HOST SHAMBHALA GOLDEN KEY – REOPEN WED. MAY 18
May 21 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.
May. 22 Sun. "ENTERING THE GATE" ONE DAY SITTING 5 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 Saturday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay.
Non-Members: $65 General M: $55 Practicing M: $45
May 23-24 CLOSED
May 28 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Susan Gesshin 11 am. Zendo
June 4 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 11 am. Zendo
June 4 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
June 5 Sun. 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.
June 6 Mon. CLOSED
June 9-12 "NO BEGINNING, NO END" 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 and resume our original nature. This Sesshin is a 3 day practice period that will allow us to dive into the core of Zen training. A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind from moment to moment manifesting the realization of the Way. It includes a rigorous schedule that begins at 5 a.m. and includes 10 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work, Dharma talks, private interviews. and ends at 9 pm. Retreat begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and ends Sunday, June 12, at 5 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for those unable to come for the entire retreat due to work commitments.
Non-members $65/day General $55/day Practicing $45/day
June 13-14 CLOSED
June 18 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Nyoze Kwong 11 am. Zendo
June 22-26 CLOSED TO PUBLIC – HOSTING ORDER OF INTERBEING
REOPEN WED. JUNE 29
July 2 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Mike Jundo 11 am. Zendo
July 4 Mon. CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
July 9 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Ray Eko 11 am. Zendo