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Whether you are interested in art, Zen or a unique experience, come and join us for SMZC's annual bazaar! There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Admission is free!

If you and your family are looking for different kind of summer activity come up to the mountain for our 7th Annual Bazaar! The Sonoma Mountain Zen Center will host this year’s Bazaar on Sunday, September 18th from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is a great way to experience the lively spirit of the Zen Center and have some down home local fun!

This year we have a diverse group of artisans and craftspeople offering many beautiful and unique art pieces for you to enjoy and for you to take home. There will be activities and demonstrations for all ages. Kids can make art, get their faces painted and eat snow cones. Throughout the day live demonstrations including formal tea ceremony, aikido, kendo (Japanese swordsmanship) will be performed. Musicians will demonstrate the Taiko drum, Shakuhachi (flute) and Koto (stringed instrument). To top this all off sit under the shade of the redwood trees and enjoy a delicious bento box treat, homemade baked goods, SMZC jam while listening to the funkadelic rhythm beat of Sonoma County's Black Sheep Brass Band.


Calligraphy by Jakusho Kwong-roshi one of two Grand Prizes for the 2016 raffle! 

Please buy raffle tickets to support of our fundraising goals for SMZC’s temple. All proceeds will go towards supporting and sustaining the Zen Center and it’s temple building project ~ We have some wonderful prizes this year! “On the Mountain everyone is a winner!”

Raffle prizes will be given out throughout the day, so purchase your raffle tickets, tell your friends and support the Zen Center. The more you purchase the more chances you will have to win one of two Grand Prizes. You need not be present to win!


The Raffle Drawing will be held 
at the event on September 18th; 
need not be present to win


11:00 - 11:30
Sonoma County Taiko
(Percussion Instruments)

11:35 - 12:05 Berkeley Kendo Dojo

11:30 - 12:20 Omotesenke Tea Ceremony *

When the mandala governs 
People are hardly aware that it exists. 
The mandala doesn't talk, it acts. 
When its work is done, 
People say, "Amazing! 
We did it all by ourselves!" 
~ Tao Te Ching

Michael Huber - The Betriever making a sweet deal!

Getting involved. You can help support the Zen Center by signing up to be a Bazaar volunteer. Interested? - Please contact SMZC’s office at 707.545.8105 or

You can also help by spreading the word with family and friends and by posting the Bazaar flyer at your favorite coffee shops.

Looking forward to seeing you, your family and friends at SMZC’s Annual Bazaar!

Omotesenke Tea Ceremony – Alive Zen with Soei Mouri Sensei and her students

Soei Mouri Sensei is a certified teacher of Chanoyu (tea ceremony) in the Omotesenke tradition. As the Vice President of Omotesenke Domonkai of Northern California, she has worked closely with the Omotesenke headquaters in Kyoto, Japan for many years. Sensei has energetically led projects to promote tea culture and to reach out and engage younger generations. In addition to offering private lessons at her residence, she teaches has taught various college courses on tea ceremony. At Sonoma Mountain Zen Center Sensei will give a demonstration of Chanoyu and invite the audience to participate in the ceremony as tea guests. Japanese sweets and tea will be served.

Kid's Release Dove's into the sky!



Paper Flower Making by Grace Kwong

Face Painting by Karen Letteney



Creative Concoctions & Teas by Jembe Persinger



Face Painting

by Karen Letteney

Master face painter creates Butterfly Delight!

“This annual bazaar offers the public an opportunity to experience the beauty of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in its rural setting, and to share the creativity of many of its members and friends,” says center member Neil Myers. “It will be a chance to relax and talk under the oaks, as well as to support our Mandala effort to carry on traditional Buddhist meditation practice for years to come.”

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, founded in 1973 by Jakusho Kwong-roshi in honor of his teacher Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, is esteemed for its natural tranquility, in which people from all backgrounds can realize their basic goodness through Zen Buddhist meditation practice. The Zen Center has members from throughout the United States, Canada, and from it’s affiliate centers in Poland and Iceland.

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