Thursday, July 4, 2019

Workfest: Manifesting Mandala

Workfest: Manifesting Mandala – This workfest we will be working in the garden, Zendo, and on the Sangha Cabin remodel. Please join us for a lively day of practicing as “one body” for the flowering of this great Mandala. Building work is joyful energy!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Join Us! SMZC Programs - July

One Day Sitting: Moment to Moment
An opportunity for beginners, as well as seasoned sitters, to experience a taste of silent retreat in a moderate schedule.– Saturday July 6 (includes Fri. overnight)

Temple Stay: Relax and Restore
Experience authentic Soto Zen Buddhism, it’s lifestyle, rituals and spirituality.  Participants can relax and rest in the restorative environment of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center's natural setting.– Fri. July 12 - Sat. July 13

Summer Ango: Practice Period 
SMZC's Summer Practice Period begins. Jesse 'Shogen' Brunette (Illuminating Source)  will take the position as Shuso (head student). He is a student of Kwong Roshi. Opening
ceremony begins Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. on 29th July (More schedule details to follow...)

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mapping Out The Future • Sangha Potluck

Mapping Out The Future • Sangha Potluck
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Our Spring Community Sangha gathering is right around the corner.  SMZC friends, family and sangha members are welcome to attend.  

Everyone is welcome!

Bring a dish and try a dish!

Our schedule will include - 

Welcome Members Ceremony -  offering incense
Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi at SMZC Slide Show -  history and lineage 
Wired Magazine Founder’s Visit SMZC - fascinating ways technology & beliefs converge
Mapping Out the Future - manifesting a place of practice for future generations

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spring Programs: Together Action, Way of Tea, Birth of The Buddha

SATURDAY MARCH 23  8:30 - 3:30PM
Sangha members, family and friends are invited to join us for a fun day of together-action in maintaining and supporting our beautiful temple on Sonoma Mountain - zendo cleaning, garden jumpstart, clearing away winter debris and simply enjoying a day together.

Wabi-cha is ritualized Japanese Tea Ceremony which harmonizes the body and mind of quiet simplicity.  This program is a wonderful way to experience Zen in action through the ancient ways of tea tradition. Join us for this unique experience!

APRIL 26 - 27th
Temple stay is an opportunity to experience authentic Soto Zen Buddhism, it's lifestyle, rituals and spirituality.  Take the backward step, sit down and illuminate the jewel within yourself.

SUNDAY APRIL 7th 1:00 - 3:00pm
We welcome everyone in commemorating the Birth of Shakyamuni Buddha on this auspicious day.  Please bring many flowers to adorn the Baby Buddha and your favorite dish to share with the community.

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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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