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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.

SMZC is open for the fully vaccinated public with the covid safety protocols.

In Loving Memory of Alice Bolocan

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It is through your boundless generosity that we are able to continue to offer our programs. We bow to your kindness and support.

Meditation at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
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Night dies into day. Day dies into night.

Exhaling is intimate with loss, Inhaling I am renewed.

—Jakusho Kwong-roshi

Blossoms on the Mountain Sonoma Mountain Zen Center


For more information, see our calendar.

Rohatsu Five-Day Sesshin (On-Site and Online)

November 30, 2021

Tetsuya (All Night Sitting) & Founder's Sunrise Ceremony

December 4, 2021

Saturday Community Dharma Talk: Jakusho Kwong-Roshi

December 11, 2021