Friday, January 25, 2019

"Actualizing the Way" Seven-Day Sesshin • Feb 10-17, 2019




​A multi-day retreat for experienced sitters. Manifest zazen mind in an intensive schedule that includes prostrations, ten daily periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work practice, Dharma talks, and private interviews with Kwong-roshi.  Days begin at 4:45 a.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.  Begins with Sunday 6:00 p.m. oryoki dinner.


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin • Rohatsu – December 3 - 8 | Sunrise Ceremony - Memorial for Shunryu Suzuki-roshi



December 03, 2018
Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin
A special sesshin to commemorate the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment.  The last night of the retreat we will sit from midnight to 4:00 a.m. and conclude with a memorial procession to Shunryu Suzuki-roshi's stupa.

For those who cannot make Rohatsu during the week, join us Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. for tetsuya, “the all night sitting.” Following the all night sit, at 6 a.m., we will walk in procession down to Suzuki-roshi’s stupa for the founder’s ceremony. We will close Rohatsu with breakfast in the Sangha House. All members are encouraged to attend tetsuya and/or the founder’s ceremony.

December 08, 2018
Sunrise Ceremony - Memorial for Shunryu Suzuki-roshi
On Saturday December 8th at 6:00 a.m. we will begin a memorial procession to Suzuki-roshi’s Memorial Stupa from the zendo.  We express our gratitude, offer incense, ladle water, and recite the Great Compassionate Dharani as we witness the sunrise over the Valley of the Moon. Open to the public.  Informal breakfast follows at 7:30 a.m. $10 donation appreciated.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

1-Day Sitting on Nov 10th | Sonoma Mountain Zen Center



A day of sitting in silence dedicated to those that have lost their lives, firefighters, first responders, police and all beings that have been affected by the devastation of the Northern California wildfires.  An opportunity for beginners and experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice.


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sangha Potluck Saturday October 27



Sangha Potluck: Gathering Practitioners and Community
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Members as well as the public are invited 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 a brief update on current news and the Mandala project.  Also an opportunity for new members and anyone wishing to renew their vows to offer incense in the Zendo.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bodhidharma Sesshin • Oct. 18-21, 2018




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. A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind from moment to moment manifesting the realization of the Way. A rigorous schedule begins at 5:00 a.m. with meditation and includes chanting, mindful work, and a Dharma Talk. Days end at 9pm. Retreat begins Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 pm, and ends Sunday, Oct. 21, 5 pm.
To register, call (707) 545-8105 or e-mail: office@smzc.org


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Temple Stay • October 5 - 6, 2018



October 5 - 6, 2018

Come rest in the calm, restorative environment of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. A stay at our center is a unique retreat into a spiritual sanctuary surrounded by natural beauty. We are located in the heart of Sonoma County, overlooking the Valley of the Moon on the northern slope of Sonoma Mountain. This rural setting is filled with redwood forests, oak groves, and sweeping vistas. During your stay, you can join in the meditation periods, services, and communal meals of our daily temple life or spend time alone reading, writing, or hiking. 

Visit our website for additional details: smzc.org/temple-stay




Temple stay is an opportunity to experience authentic Soto Zen Buddhism, its lifestyle, rituals and spirituality.  Take the backward step, sit down and illuminate the jewel within yourself.

more: smzc.org | temple stay