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Manifesting the Heart

Building for the Future

Benefit For Sonoma Mountain Zen Center's New Temple Buildings


SEPTEMBER 16th  11:00am - 3:00pm

This year, we are hosting an exclusive temple benefit in concert with the commencement of our long awaited Mandala Project.  Due to limited space from construction, we are transforming the 2017 Bazaar into an intimate temple benefit.  Celebrate and support our new Sonoma Mandala with an elegant, intimate afternoon of Zen on the tranquil mountainside.  Come and experience an authentic traditional Omotesenke tea ceremony, live musical performances, and a bento box lunch with dessert and refreshments under the ancient oak tree. Support our Raffle and Be a Winner! All proceeds go to the construction of our new temple buildings.  Temple Benefit flier.

Tickets Limited(tea ceremony,concert,bento box): $100(kids Free)
Purchase in person, online or call (707) 545-8105.

11:00 - 11:15        Welcome & Temple Project Update 


11:15 - 11:45        Omotesenke Tea Demonstration

11:45 - 12:45        Serving Sweets and Tea


12:45 - 1:15          Intermission


1:15 - 2:15            Sound of Indian Classical Ragas

2:30 - 3:15            Bento Lunch Under the Great Oak

2:30 - 3:15            Estabrook Jazz Trio


3:00 - 3:15            Drawing Raffle Prizes


3:15 - 3:30            Closing Announcements

Featuring Musical Performance
Manik Khan on Sarod Plays Indian Classical Ragas
Accompanied by William Rossel on Tabla

Manik Khan   •   Sarod

Manik is the youngest son of the late maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He teaches, performs, and work to preserve his family’s legacy at Ali Akbar School if Indian Music and India’s rich cultural history alive and flourishing.  He collaborates with local high schools to bring Indian Classical Music to their youth orchestras, and performs with the conductor Michael Morgan and the Fremont Symphony Orchestra to present a ‘West Meets East’ collaboration.


William Rossel   •   tabla

William is a disciple of  tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, is an artist and composer in the field of world music. Originally a student of Western classical vocal music, he began training in Hindustani music over a decade ago under sitarist Nalini Vinayak.

Video Clip - Alam Khan, Manik Khan, and Nilan Chaudhuri with the Fremont Symphony Performing the Music of their father Ali Akbar Khan.

Manik Khan on Sarod
William Rossel on tabla
Experience the Spirit of Omotesenke Tea Ceremony
Eiko Mouri Sensei and Kashin Kwong
Eiko Mouri Sensei and Kashin Kwong

The ceremony will be performed by Soei Mouri Sensei, 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.  Kashin Kwong is a resident of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center and has studied tea with Soei Mouri Sensei for ten years. 

Guests will experience a Japanese tea ceremony with master Soei Mouri Sensei and Kashin Kwong.  This immersive demonstration is a full body experience of sight, sound, scent, taste, touch, and mind.  The audience will be invited to participate in the ceremony as tea guests, and Japanese sweets and tea will be served. 

Omotesenke Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony Accompanied by Traditional Japanese Shakuhachi, Koto, & Shamisen

Elliot Kallen   •   Shakuhachi

Initially trained as a concert pianist Elliot Kallen migrated into the world of Rock and Jazz, playing keyboards for many bands and on many stages. A chance encounter led him to the Japanese bamboo flute and, since 2004, he has been a student of David Kansuke Wheeler of Boulder, CO. Elliot also studies with Kansuke’s teacher, Junsuke Kawase III in Tokyo, and is a member of Chikuyusha, the largest organization of its kind in Japan. He plays shakuhachi in a wide variety of contexts, from traditional Japanese music with koto and shamisen, to the exploratory sounds of the avant-garde. Elliot is also a founding member of TenTen Taiko, performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He performs, teaches, and does lectures on Japanese classical music and the shakuhachi from his home base in Northern California.

Elliot Kallen on shakuhachi and Naoko on koto and shamisen

Naoko   •   Koto & Shamisen
Naoko has been playing the koto since she was six years old. She was taught by Koji Kikuhara who was a highly ranked student of National Living Treasure Hatsuko Kikuhara. In 1987, she passed a professional music examination at the Todo Music Association that proudly claims more than 100 years of history. She studied classical singing with Ichijuro Kiyomoto and Fujima style dance with Monjuro Fujima from 1979 to 1981; and, has been taking biwa lesson from Hokuniu Kyokuto Kimura, aka Molly Kimura. She received a Shoden degree from Head Master Iemoto Kyokuso Tachibana with Chiluzen-biwa Nihon-Tachibana Organization on November 30, 2009. As a performer of Nogawa Style jiuta shamisen and Ikuta style koto, she continues to perform at several places in the United States since 1994.

Estabrook Jazz Trio

Pete Estabrook has been an Adjunct Jazz and Trumpet Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College for over 20 years. He has also served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. He has recorded CDs with local Jazz Artists Mel Graves, Bonnie Brooks, and Steve Wolf. Pete is also an AmSat Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique.


Guitarist Riner Scivally has a Master of Music Degree from University of Southern California. He also studied at the Scuola Civica di Milano in Italy. He is currently on the faculty of Pasadena City College and the Applied Music faculty of Occidental College. Riner has recorded with Susan Krebs and Isla Eckinger and also recently released a solo album entitled Cuarteto del Sol .

Pete Estabrook on trumpet
Guitarist Riner Scivally

Guitarist Riner Scivally has a Master of Music Degree from University of Southern California. He also studied at the Scuola Civica di Milano in Italy. He is currently on the faculty of Pasadena City College and the Applied Music faculty of Occidental College. Riner has recorded with Susan Krebs and Isla Eckinger and also recently released a solo album entitled Cuarteto del Sol .

Acoustic bassist John Potter studied bass privately with Mel Graves (former Jazz Department Head at Sonoma State University. John is a veteran of many Sonoma County Jazz Groups including Swing 7, where he plays frequently with Pete in Calistoga.


Riner and Pete have been playing Jazz together since 1990, when they met at a weekly jam session in the Pasadena area. Musically, this group is dedicated to the exploration of standard tunes, bossa novas, ballads, and original compositions by members of the band.

Acoustic bassist John Potter

The Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

Temple Raffle!

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center's 8th Annual Benefit 



The Raffle Drawing will be held 
at the event on September 16; 
need not be present to win!








Raffle Tickets are $10 each.

Bonus Ticket(s) 
for each 5 tickets 
purchased(available only for people attending event)!

Contact us at 707-545-8105
to purchase raffle tickets in advance; 
or mail a check to the Zen Center with a note containing your name, phone number, email address and ticket quantity 
– or purchase them at the event!



Join in supporting Sonoma Mountain Zen Center! Buy raffle tickets for yourself, give some to your friends!

Order early and spread the word! We’ll all be winners if you do!

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

musical performance inside Sonoma Mountain Zen Center zendo

Buy raffle tickets in support of our fundraising goals ~ We have some wonderful prizes this year!!  Raffle prizes will be given out at the end of 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 Grand Prizes below.

1st Grand Raffle Prize!


Original Calligraphy by Jakusho Kwong-roshi 

2nd Grand Raffle Prize!

Olea Hotel Bed and Breakfast


Dinner for 2 at Yeti Restaurant

Gourmet Indian & Nepalese Restaurant

More Raffle Prizes

2 Hour Climb Time Certificate from

Vertex Climbing Center

Dinner for 2 at Delhi-Belly

Fine Indian Cuisine in Sonoma

Select prizes from featured sponsors 

Free Bonus Raffle Ticket(s) for every 5 tickets purchased!

(available only for people registered for event) 

stay tuned for updates

Help us Meet Our Goal and Complete our New Temple Buildings.
Please purchase tickets day of event or call 707-545-8105. You do not need to attend event to win.

Please help us spread the word!

Post a Benefit flyer at your favorite coffee shop!

Model of new Sonoma Mountain Zen Center temple buidings

This year's original calligraphy by Jakusho Kwong-roshi is one of two Grand Prizes for the raffle! (click image to enlarge)

Calligraphy by Jakusho Kwong-roshi: the depth of the dew drop is the height of the moon
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