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Retreats oryoki in zendo



For beginners as well as seasoned sitters to experience a taste of a silent retreat in a moderate schedule. Includes prostrations, several periods of meditation, chanting, formal oryoki meals in the zendo and mindfulness work practice.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 4:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Includes Friday dinner and overnight stay.)

(non)members: $65 (P)members: $45 (G)members: $55


A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind in a rigorous schedule that begins at 4:45 a.m. with prostrations and includes 10 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work, Dharma talks and private interviews. Days end at 9 p.m. The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. on the first day and ends at 4 p.m. on the last day. Special arrangements can be made for those unable to come for the entire retreat due to work commitments.

February 15-22, 2015
(non)members: $65/day (P)members: $45/day (G)members: $55/day

roshi being servedPRACTICE PERIOD

This is a 27-day retreat held each winter and summer with six meditation periods daily, prostrations, oryoki meals, study, chanting and work practice. It is designed to enhance moment by moment mindfulness. There will be a seven-day sesshin intensive included within the Ango. Participants are welcome to participate for three days minimum. Shared accommodations in cabins, tents and yurt.

July 27- Aug 22, 2015

(non)members: $65/day or $1455/month (P)members: $45/day (G)members: $55/day


Jun 12 - Jul 24     RAKUSU SEWING CLASS 7 - 9 pm Thursdays 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.
$80 includes materials.  Please sign-up and pay in advance. More information here.


An orientation workshop for beginners offering the basics of Zazen meditation, a grounding in the practice of mindfulness and an introduction to the Buddhist perspective. This workshop will include short periods of sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation, front of zendodiscussion, informal presentations relating buddhist thought to actual zen practice and instruction on soto zen forms. A vegetarian buffet lunch is included.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(non)members: $65 (P)members: $45 (G)members: $55


SPRING STUDY GROUP: Investigating and “turning our radiance inward” through zen practice, we begin to discover what our mind really is. This is an opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of buddhism and the foundation for daily practice. Book will be Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo by Shohaku Okumura.  This will be a six-week course.

Tuesdays, March 10 - April 21, 2015 7:30 pm
(non)members: $65/$13 per class (P)members: $55 (G)members: $60



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This biannual event is an opportunity for friends and families of Sonoma Mountain Sangha to work together on projects in the spirit of together-action. Delicious lunch, snacks, and beverages provided. No meditation or lecture schedule.

March 28, 2015 Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


This is a day for the entire family to join us in commemorating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha with a flower festival and a traditional ceremony of pouring sweet tea over the baby Buddha. Bring garden or wildflowers and hors d'oeuvres.

April 12, 2015 Sunday 1 p.m. Donation appreciated.

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