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info for 2016 coming soon!

The Raffle Drawing will be held
at the event on September 18th;
need not be present to win


Sonoma County Taiko
Sonoma County Taiko

11:00 - 11:30
Sonoma County Taiko
(Percussion Instruments)
11:35 - 12:05 Berkeley Kendo Dojo
11:30 - 12:20 Omotesenke Tea Ceremony *

Sonoma County Taiko at the 2012 Bazaar
Elliot Kallen on shakuhachi with koto & shamisen strings by Naoko

12:00 - 12:20 Shakuhachi Flute
& Koto/Shamisen
12:15 - 12:45 Kyudo - Way of the Bow
(Zen Archery)
12:45 - 12:55 Drawing Raffle Prizes
1:00 - 1:30 Sonoma County Taiko
1:30 - 1:50 Sonoma County Taiko - Audience Participation
1:30 - 2:20 Omotesenke Tea Ceremony *
2:00 - 2:20 Shakuhachi Flute and Koto/Shamisen *

Berkeley Kendo Dojo

2:00 - 2:40 Berkeley Kendo Dojo
2:45 - 3:00 Grand Raffle Drawing
3:00 - 3:30 Black Sheep Brass Band
3:00 3:4 Omotesenke Tea Ceremony *
3:30 - 3:35 Silent Auction Closes
3:35 - 3:5 Black Sheep Brass Band
3:50 - 4:00 Closing Announcements

*Events in Zendo

Please see our 2015 Bazaar vendors, performers and supporters page for information and links!

Bazaar flier (PDF)

When the mandala governs
People are hardly aware that it exists.
The mandala doesn't talk, it acts.
When its work is done,
People say, "Amazing!
We did it all by ourselves!"
~ Tao Te Ching


Whether you are interested in art, Zen or a unique experience, come and join us for SMZC's annual bazaar! There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Admission is free!

releasing doves at 2014 Sonoma Mountain Zen Center Bazaar

If you and your family are looking for different kind of summer activity come up to the mountain for our 7th Annual Bazaar! The Sonoma Mountain Zen Center will host this year’s Bazaar on Sunday, September 18th from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is a great way to experience the lively spirit of the Zen Center and have some down home local fun!

Sonoma County Taiko at the 2014 Bazaar
Sonoma County Taiko at the 2014 Bazaar

This year we have a diverse group of artisans and craftspeople offering many beautiful and unique art pieces for you to enjoy and for you to take home. There will be activities and demonstrations for all ages. Kids can makevart, get their faces painted and eat snow cones. Throughout the day live demonstrations including formal tea ceremony, aikido, kendo (Japanese swordsmanship) will be performed. Musicians will demonstrate the Taiko drum, Shakuhachi (flute) and Koto (stringed instrument). To top this all off sit under the shade of the redwood trees and enjoy a delicious bento box treat, homemade baked goods, SMZC jam while listening to the funkadelic rhythm breat of The Black Sheep Brass Band.

Activities for kids to be announced!

An original calligraphy by Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi was one of two Grand Prizes for the 2015 raffle! (click image to enlarge) – watch for updates!

Please buy raffle tickets to support of our fundraising goals for SMZC’s temple. All proceeds will go towards supporting and sustaining the Zen Center and it’s temple building project ~ We have some wonderful prizes this year! “On the Mountain everyone is a winner!”

Raffle prizes will be given out throughout the day, so purchase your raffle tickets, tell your friends and support the Zen Center. The more you purchase the more chances you will have to win one of two Grand Prizes. You need not be present to win!

Click here for at taste of whats is in store / more raffle info!

Fine arts & crafts at the 2014 Bazaar
Fine arts & crafts at the 2014 Bazaar

Click here for a list of 2015 vendors, performers and supporters & watch for updates for 2016!

Getting involved. You can help support the Zen Center by signing up to be a Bazaar volunteer. Interested? - Please contact SMZC’s office at 707.545.8105 or smzc@smzc.net.

You can also help by spreading the word with family and friends and by posting the Bazaar flyer at your favorite coffee shops.

Looking forward to seeing you, your family and friends at SMZC’s Annual Bazaar!

Omotesenke Tea Ceremony Alive Zen with Soei Mouri Sensei and her students

with Soei Mouri Sensei
Omotesenke Tea ceremony | Overseen by Soei Mouri Sensei.
Tea Ceremony at the 2014 Bazaar

Soei Mouri Sensei is a certified teacher of Chanoyu (tea ceremony) in the Omotesenke tradition. As the Vice President of Omotesenke Domonkai of Northern California, she has worked closely with the Omotesenke headquaters in Kyoto, Japan for many years. Sensei has energetically led projects to promote tea culture and to reach out and engage younger generations. In addition to offering private lessons at her residence, she teaches has taught various college courses on tea ceremony. At Sonoma Mountain Zen Center Sensei will give a demonstration of Chanoyu and invite the audience to participate in the ceremony as tea guests. Japanese sweets and tea will be served.

Kyudo - Way of the Bow (Zen Archery)

“This annual bazaar offers the public an opportunity to experience the beauty of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in its rural setting, and to share the creativity of many of its members and friends,” says center member Neil Myers. “It will be a chance to relax and talk under the oaks, as well as to support our Mandala effort to carry on traditional Buddhist meditation practice for years to come.”

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, founded in 1973 by Jakusho Kwong-roshi in honor of his teacher Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, is esteemed for its natural tranquility, in which people from all backgrounds can realize their basic goodness through Zen Buddhist meditation practice. The Zen Center has members from throughout the United States, Canada, and from it’s affiliate centers in Poland and Iceland.

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center is located at 6367 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa.

2015 Bazaar vendors, performers and supporters (watch for 2016 info coming soon!)

2015 Bazaar Raffle (watch for 2016 info coming soon!)


Contact: SMZC office (707) 545-8105 | smzc@smzc.net | bazaar@smzc.net


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