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Sonoma Mountain Zen Center is a Soto Zen practice center in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, founded by abbot Jakusho Kwong-roshi. Our temple is dedicated to the act of Zazen, "just sitting." Our residency trains in a monastic schedule and hosts events and retreats for a wider community of spiritual practice. Our temple sits at the top of Sonoma Mountain, one hour north of San Francisco Bay Area, overlooking ancient oaks, redwood groves, and the Valley of the Moon. Join us in practice.

People interested in deepening their practice can live and train at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center as a resident. The Zen Center is a lay practice temple that creates an environment for infusing Zen practice into all daily activities.

  • Guest Resident Practice (up to 3 months)

  • Resident Training (1 year minimum)

  • Work-Offsite Program (monthly rent)

Shinsanshiki Ceremony

Welcoming New Abbot Nyoze Kwong

On September 2, 2023 we celebrated the installation of our new abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Nyoze represents the 92nd unbroken blood-lineage tracing back to Shakyamuni Buddha.

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Upcoming Events ON SITE (in Person in the Zendo)
If you live within driving distance, please register to attend on site. For those who live out of town or unable to attend in person, see the event calendar to register for online events.

  • June Fusatsu Ceremony - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    June Fusatsu Ceremony - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jun 21
    Zendo
    Jun 21, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Jun 21, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Be present for & experience the Fusatsu (布薩) At-one-ment Ceremony of release, purification, and presence with the full moon. 7:30 – 8:00pm Zazen 8:00 – 9:00pm Service
  • Saturday Community (Dharma Talk by Rev. Shinryu Okuma) - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Saturday Community (Dharma Talk by Rev. Shinryu Okuma) - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 22
    Zendo
    Jun 22, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Talk will be given by Rev. Shinryu Okuma, a Soto Zen Buddhism Baikaryu Official Instructor from Tendoji in Sapporo, Japan, following 10:30 am zazen. 10:30 am - 11:00 am Zazen 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Dharma Talk
  • Summer Workfest
    Summer Workfest
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jun 23
    On Site
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
    On Site, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
    On Site, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    In the spirit of together-action, come help breathe new energy into the center with friends and families of the Sonoma Mountain Sangha. Bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Light lunch will be provided afterwards. RSVP to offer your hands of compassion!
  • Meditation Instruction (Includes Saturday Community) - ON SITE (in Genjo Building)
    Meditation Instruction (Includes Saturday Community) - ON SITE (in Genjo Building)
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 29
    Genjo Building
    Jun 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Genjo Building, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Jun 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Genjo Building, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Perfect for beginners wishing to learn meditation form. Meditation is a way to return to your calm mind and create a stable foundation. Join us for our Saturday Community program (included in the fee) immediately following instruction. Please arrive at 8:50 am at the Sangha House to check in.
  • 'Moment to Moment' 1-Day Sitting - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    'Moment to Moment' 1-Day Sitting - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jul 05
    Zendo
    Jul 05, 2024, 6:00 PM PDT – Jul 06, 2024, 5:30 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Jul 05, 2024, 6:00 PM PDT – Jul 06, 2024, 5:30 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    This retreat is an introduction to Zen training and an opportunity for beginners and experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice. RSVP and we will contact you to complete your registration. $85/night & up. 10-20% discount for members.
  • Summer Temple Stay
    Summer Temple Stay
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jul 12
    Zendo
    Jul 12, 2024, 3:00 PM PDT – Jul 13, 2024, 1:30 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Jul 12, 2024, 3:00 PM PDT – Jul 13, 2024, 1:30 PM PDT
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    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. $150 & up.
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