Monday, September 10, 2012

Mandala Project Groundbreaking | Inner Game Benefit

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center invites you to a Community
Celebration Featuring A Reception, Live Music and Evening Benefit

Sunday, September 16, 10 a.m. - noon

• Groundbreaking ceremony officiated by SMZC’s Abbot Jakusho Kwong-roshi 
• Kyudo - the Way of the Bow ceremonial shooting by Zen Kyudo Group 
• Reception, drinks, tasty treats and music under the oaks from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
• Music by Indian classical singer Sukhawat Ali Khan.

Evening Benefit
Finding the Greatness Within
Santa Rosa Junior College, Haehl Pavilion
September 16, 5:00 p.m.
NBA Legends Phil Jackson and Chris Mullin will be discussing the spiritual nature of sports. Kwong-roshi will discuss his relationship with Phil Jackson and Zen in everyday life. Proceeds to benefit the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center.

Sponsors: The Inner Game, Santa Rosa Junior College, Clover Stornetta Farms, T and B Sports

Dear Sangha Members,

Kwong-roshi wishes to encourage your full participation in the creation of a wooden treasure to benefit all beings.

He offers the following words:

The Zendo is the living Structure & the Womb where all Buddha's & Bodhisattvas come from - THIS is where they are born.Please come and join us.

So any or all of us can help in the following ways:

1) Attend one or both events with your family and friends.  Your presence creates energy!  Buy tickets to the Finding Greatness Within event at

2) Volunteer to help us prepare.  Any time next week, or we are having a special set-up work period following lunch on Saturday the 15th from 1-4 pm.
We will need some help on Sunday morning the day of the event for final preparation and dishwashing.

3) Promote the event and especially the dialogue at SRJC at 5 pm Sunday evening.  Post flyers, "Like" the event on Facebook, reroute this email to anyone who would be interested.

4) Send your good feeling and wishes that this project establish the dharma on Sonoma Mountain for another 300 years.

Groundbreaking info (707) 545-8105 or email:

Learn more about the Mandala Project

The word "Mandala," meaning "circle” in Sanskrit, actually conveys many other ideas as well. It can also suggest the way time and space manifest in a single instant of creative energy. For Kwong-Roshi there is “a true Mandala that fully exists within ourselves, and that can help guide us to our own original stillness, which is always there. "

oak branchesRoshi has long envisioned creating a Mandala of buildings on Sonoma Mountain to continue Suzuki-roshi’s lineage and support authentic practice, dedicated to the protection and awakening of all beings, for the next three hundred years. Recently it’s become clear that the existing zendo (meditation hall), which does not meet county code requirements, must be replaced. Since the cost of renovation and retrofit would be nearly the same as building a new zendo, Roshi, with his Advisory Board, has begun the process of designing a Mandala master plan, which will also eventually include a kitchen, an office, a dining hall, and accommodations for staff as well as guests. The new zendo will be the first, central step. The complete Mandala will follow... (more)

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