Morning & Evening Zazen (Ongoing)

Morning Zazen: Monday - Saturday | 6:30 am–7:00 am PST

Evening Zazen: Tuesday - Friday | 7:30 pm–8:00 pm PST

Ongoing online zazen on Zoom. For more info, visit the online zendo.

Introduction to Zen 4-Week Course Online | Week 3 of 4: SMZC Lineage and History

Wednesday, June 2, 9 & 16, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST (Online)

Saturday, June 26, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST (On Site)


Learn about our lineage, the silent illumination lineage. In Buddhism, the lineage of teacher to student and mind to mind is how we transmit the teachings of Buddha. SMZC practices as the 92nd generation of its lineage which stretches all the way back to Shakyamuni Buddha. Discover important teachers in our lineage as it moved from India to China to Japan to San Francisco in the 1960s. You will learn about the founder of our temple--abbot Jakusho Kwong-roshi since 1974 and almost 50 years of continuous practice at the center.


This workshop will be taught by Nyoze Kwong and Tensan Chuck Ramey.


BY DONATION ($20/session suggested donation)

Donate to register at https://www.smzc.org/meditation-support-group

Father’s Day Weekend Special Feature | Online Film Premiere of “Beyond A Dream: Father & Son Conversations - Part II”

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Join us for part II of the “Beyond A Dream: Father & Son Conversations” film featuring an intimate conversation between a father and a son. Learn what they can teach us how to live in a troubled world. How can we benefit from something negative, coming out of the darkness of this pandemic and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? Together with our worldwide sangha, we reflect on what has happened and what is happening. Discover how continuous practice helps all of us come into a full circle and return to now. Questions and answers with the sangha following the film. [Watch Trailer & Register]


Registration required ($20 Admission)

Register to attend this special event at https://www.smzc.org/beyond-a-dream-film-series.

Introduction to Zen 4-Week Course | Week 4 of 4: SMZC Tour/Visit

Wednesday, June 2, 9 & 16, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST (Online)

Saturday, June 26, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST (On Site)


Come visit the grounds at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Experience the sacred land of the mountain with social distancing measures. Our temple sits in 85 acres of redwoods and oaks overlooking the Valley of the Moon. We will walk in the woods to the memorial grounds and stupas for teachers Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Enjoy guided tours of the hundred-year-old barn which has been our original meditation hall and our new temple in construction.


This workshop will be taught by Nyoze Kwong and Kashin Kwong.


BY DONATION ($20/session suggested donation)

Donate to register at https://www.smzc.org/meditation-support-group

Saturday Community Student Talk: Annie Seiken (精見) Hammang

11:00 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Annie Seiken (精見) Hammang, a student of Kwong-roshi, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

“Moment to Moment” One-Day Sitting Online

An introductory retreat for both beginners and experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice. Retreatants will experience a moderate schedule of zazen (six periods of sitting and walking meditation).


Donate to Register Online ($20 suggested donation)

Ordinary Beauty Online Series - The Beauty of Everyday Things

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm PST


How to treat objects with respect and affection. The heart of Zen is in everyday action. It permeates our waking life in simple acts. Kashin Kwong will continue her exploration of ordinary beauty in our daily lives.


Donate to Register Online ($20 suggested donation)

Saturday Community Dharma Talk: Jakusho Kwong-roshi

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Dharma talk will be given by Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founding abbot of SMZC, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Special Guest Teacher Dharma Talk: Rev. Daitsū Tom Wright

Special guest teacher dharma talk will be given by Rev. Daitsu T. Wright from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST.


Registration Required | COVID FUNDRAISER ($20 admission)

Temple Stay (CANCELED)

Rest in a Restorative Environment and Experience Soto Zen Buddhism at SMZC

Temple stay is an opportunity to experience the rituals and spiritual practice of authentic Soto Zen Buddhism. Take the backward step and illuminate the jewel within yourself. Friday, July 16 - Saturday, July 17. Non-Member: $90 and up

Saturday Community Student Talk: Nancy Seiko Reder

11:00 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Nancy Seiko Reder, a student of Kwong-roshi, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Summer Workfest

8:30 am to 12:30 pm


Breathe new energy into the center with friends and family of the Sonoma Mountain Sangha. Come and join us in maintaining temple grounds in the spirit of together-action. 


Register Online

SMZC Closed

SMZC is closed on July 19, 2021.

Saturday Community Dharma Talk: Nyoze Kwong

11:00 am to 11:30 am PST


Dharma talk will be given by Nyoze Kwong, Vice Abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Board Meeting

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm PST

Summer Ango Practice Period: July 31, 2021 to August 28, 2021

July 31, 2021 to August 28, 2021


SMZC's Summer Ango Practice Period begins. Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza will take the position as Shuso (head student). He is a student of Kwong-roshi and a SMZC sangha member. Opening ceremony will be July 31, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST.

Summer Ango Opening Ceremony

11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST


Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza will take the position as Shuso (head student). He is a student of Kwong Roshi and a SMZC sangha member. Opening ceremony will be July 31, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST.

Saturday Community Shuso Talk: Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza, Shuso (head student), following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Tokudo Priest Ordination: Shukke Tokudo (Leaving Home and Entering the Way)

Please join us for our Tokudo (Leaving Home) Priest Ordination Ceremony. Students will publicly make their commitment in “Leaving Family Life” to transcend the values of secular life and to assume the forms of a Buddhist Monk. “Leaving Family Life” is to leave home and let go of all your secular conditions and begin anew. Students will publically acknowledge and deepen their commitment to their Buddhist path and to continue as a life-long practice not only for themselves but to benefit all sentient beings. Ceremony includes the presentation of monks robes and bowls, receving O’kesa (Buddha’s robe) and confirmation of the lifeblood of the Buddha’s and Patriarchs.

"Actualizing the Way" Seven-Day Online Sesshin

August 15, 7:30 pm to August 21, 5:00 pm PST


Sesshin, literally “to touch the Mind,” is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self and resume our original nature. Please join us online for this special event.


Register Online

Saturday Community Shuso/Dharma Talk: Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza & Jakusho Kwong-Roshi

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Shuso/Dharma talk will be given by Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza, Shuso (head student), and Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founding abbot of SMZC, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Ango Closing Ceremony - Revealing the Self

10:30 a.m. zazen; 11:00 a.m. ceremony online


Participants will ask Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza, Shuso (head student), dharma questions to reveal the truth of practice. We encourage all members to close the practice period with us. Mondo is online and open to the public.

SMZC Closed

SMZC is closed on August 30 and August 31.

Saturday Community Student Talk: Tom Jakuryu (寂龍) Huffman

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Tom Jakuryu (寂龍) Huffman, a student of Kwong-roshi, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Fall Workfest

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Breathe new energy into the center with friends and family of the Sonoma Mountain Sangha. Come and join us in maintaining temple grounds in the spirit of together-action. 


Regiser Online

SMZC Closed

SMZC is closed on September 6.

Fall Study Group (Week 1 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Saturday Community Dharma Talk: Jakusho Kwong-roshi

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Dharma talk will be given by Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founding abbot of SMZC, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Fall Study Group (Week 2 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Saturday Community Sr. Student Talk: Chuck Tensan (天山) Ramey

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Chuck Tensan (天山) Ramey, a senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Sangha Round Table

We are hosting an informal Zoom get together for Sonoma Mountain Zen Center's sangha members. This is an opportunity for members to connect, give feedback and hear about SMZC's direction and plans for the upcoming year. We know that it has been a challenging year for many of us and we want to make sure that we are all staying connected. 


We are offering 2 different nights with a maximum of 30 participants each night. Please come to one of the gatherings below. We would love to see and hear from you.


Monday, September 20, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm PST

Monday, September 27, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm PST


Register Online

Fall Study Group (Week 3 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Saturday Community Student Talk: Lizbeth Myoko (妙光) Hamlin

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Lizbeth Myoko (妙光) Hamlin, a student of Kwong-roshi, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Kids Community: Connect to the Earth, Breathe!

10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Spend the morning at the Zen Center soaking up the silence and beauty of Sonoma Mountain. Child friendly activities and guided meditation offer the whole family a great chance to take part in the spirit of Zen. Parents are welcome to join the children or attend the morning talk.


Come up to the Zen Center and connect to the land with a trail walk, or possibly some outdoor yoga. We will also connect to our breath with a few minutes of quiet sitting. Weather permitting.

Sangha Round Table

We are hosting an informal Zoom get together for Sonoma Mountain Zen Center's sangha members. This is an opportunity for members to connect, give feedback and hear about SMZC's direction and plans for the upcoming year. We know that it has been a challenging year for many of us and we want to make sure that we are all staying connected. 


We are offering 2 different nights with a maximum of 30 participants each night. Please come to one of the gatherings below. We would love to see and hear from you.


Monday, September 20, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm PST

Monday, September 27, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm PST


Register Online

Fall Study Group (Week 4 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Saturday Community Sr. Student Talk: Kaian (海安) John Jennings

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Kaian (海安) John Jennings, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Fall Study Group (Week 5 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Bodhidarma Three-Day Online Sesshin

October 7, 7:30 pm to October 10, 5:00 pm PST


Sesshin, literally “to touch the Mind,” is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self and resume our original nature. Please join us online for this special event.


Register Online

Saturday Community Dharma Talk: Jakusho Kwong-roshi

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Dharma talk will be given by Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founding abbot of SMZC, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

SMZC Closed

SMZC is closed on October 11.

Fall Study Group (Week 6 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Special Guest Teacher Dharma Talk: Reverend Yamada Roshi

Special guest teacher dharma talk will be given by Reverend Yamada Roshi from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST.


Registration Required | COVID FUNDRAISER ($20 admission)

Temple Stay

October 15 to 16


Temple stay is an opportunity to experience the rituals and spiritual practice of authentic Soto Zen Buddhism. Take the backward step and illuminate the jewel within yourself.


Non-Members: $90 and up

Saturday Community Sr. Student Talk: Koten (孤天) David Price

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Koten (孤天) David Price, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Fall Study Group (Week 7 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Saturday Community Dharma Talk: Nyoze Kwong

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Dharma talk will be given by Nyoze Kwong, Vice Abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Board Meeting

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm PST

Hollow Bones Retreat

October 23 to October 29

Fall Study Group (Week 8 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Saturday Community Sr. Student Talk: Jibun (自分) Jesse Brunette

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Talk will be given by Jibun (自分) Jesse Brunette, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Ordinary Beauty Online Series - TBD

The heart of Zen is in everyday action. It permeates our waking life in simple acts. Kashin Kwong will continue her exploration of ordinary beauty in our daily lives.


Donate to Register Online ($20 suggested donation)


Fall Study Group (Week 9 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Introduction to Zen 4-Week Course | Week 1 of 4: Posture and Forms

Wednesday, November 3, 10 & 17, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST (Online)

Saturday, November 27, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST (On Site)


The posture of Zazen, seated meditation, is the cornerstone to Zen practice. This is the radical act of just sitting. In sitting, we experience the embodied reality of the dropping off of the mind and returning to things as they are. Learn the principles of breath and seated positions as a foundation for spiritual practice.


This workshop will be taught by Koten David Price and Jibun Jesse Brunette.


Donate to Register ($20/session suggested donation)

Saturday Community Sr. Student Talk: Jundo (純道) Mike Farrand

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Student talk will be given by Jundo (純道) Mike Farrand, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Jukai Ceremony: Receiving the Precepts

Jukai literally means "to receive the precepts." Jakusho Kwong-roshi will offer the precepts to the students in the traditional Buddhist Refuge Ceremony. Jukai is the ceremony of formally becoming a Buddhist and of taking the 16 Bodhisattva precepts as guidelines for life.

Fall Study Group (Week 10 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Introduction to Zen 4-Week Online | Week 2 of 4: Buddhist Thought

Wednesday, November 3, 10 & 17, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST (Online)

Saturday, November 27, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST (On Site)


You will be introduced to Buddhist thought, beginning with Eihei Dogen, the monk who founded the Soto Zen lineage in 1247, Japan. Dogen taught Zen Buddhism as a practical mysticism for everyday life. We will talk about the principles of no self in Mahayana philosophy. You will learn the origins of Buddha’s noble truths: life is suffering, all things are impermanent, and liberation is possible for all beings.


This workshop will be taught by Kaian John Jennings and Genzen Ed Cadman.


Donate to Register ($20/session suggested donation)

"Just this Moment" One Day Sitting

An introductory retreat for both beginners and experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice.


Register Online

Fall Study Group (Week 11 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Introduction to Zen 4-Week Course Online | Week 3 of 4: SMZC Lineage and History

Wednesday, November 3, 10 & 17, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST (Online)

Saturday, November 27, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST (On Site)


Learn about our lineage, the silent illumination lineage. The teachings of Buddha are transmitted from the mind to mind of teacher to student. SMZC practices as the 92nd generation of its lineage which stretches all the way back to Shakyamuni Buddha. Discover key teachers in the lineage of Zen as it moves over the centuries from India to China to Japan, and to San Francisco in the 1960s. You will learn about the founder of SMZC, Jakusho Kwong-roshi, our abbot and leader of practice for nearly 50 years.


This workshop will be taught by Nyoze Kwong and Tensan Chuck Ramey.


Donate to Register ($20/session suggested donation)

Saturday Community Sr. Student Talk: Genzen (現前) Ed Cadman

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Student talk will be given by Genzen (現前) Ed Cadman, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Tokudo Priest Ordination Ceremony: Shukke Tokudo (Leaving Home and Entering the Way)

Please join us for our Tokudo (Leaving Home) Priest Ordination Ceremony. Students will publicly make their commitment in “Leaving Family Life” to transcend the values of secular life and to assume the forms of a Buddhist Monk. “Leaving Family Life” is to leave home and let go of all your secular conditions and begin anew. Students will publically acknowledge and deepen their commitment to their Buddhist path and to continue as a life-long practice not only for themselves but to benefit all sentient beings. Ceremony includes the presentation of monks robes and bowls, receving O’kesa (Buddha’s robe) and confirmation of the lifeblood of the Buddha’s and Patriarchs.

Fall Study Group (Week 12 of 12)

September 7 to November 23

Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST


An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai" by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST starting September 7.

Saturday Community Sr. Student Talk: Doshin (道心) Steven Yoder

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Student talk will be given by Doshin (道心) Steven Yoder, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Introduction to Zen 4-Week Course | Week 4 of 4: SMZC Tour/Visit

Wednesday, November 3, 10 & 17, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST (Online)

Saturday, November 27, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PST (On Site)


Come visit the grounds at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Using the guidelines for social distancing, our group will walk through the sacred land of the mountain. Our temple sits in 85 acres of redwoods and oaks overlooking the Valley of the Moon. We will walk in the woods to the memorial grounds and stupas for teachers Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Enjoy guided tours of the hundred-year-old barn which has been our original meditation hall and see our new temple currently in construction.


This workshop will be taught by Nyoze Kwong and Kashin Kwong.


Donate to Register ($20/session suggested donation)

Rohatsu Five-Day Sesshin

November 29, 7:30 pm to December 4, 4:00 am PST


Sesshin (接心), literally “to touch the Mind,” is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self in order to resume our original nature. This sesshin is a special time of practice that will allow us to dive into the core of Zen training. A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind from moment to moment manifesting the realization of the Way.


Each day, the schedule begins at 6:30 am and includes 8 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work at home, and private interviews with teachers upon request and ends at 9:00 pm. The retreat begins at 7:30 pm. Monday and ends at 4:00 a.m. Saturday. You are welcome to attend partially if you cannot attend the entire retreat due to work commitments. In the spirit of Buddha’s enlightenment, on Friday night we will be in tetsuya, which means we will “sit through the whole night,” from 12:00 am to 4:00 am.


Register Online

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

12:00 am to 4:00 am PST Tetsuya

6:30 am to 7:00 am PST Ceremony


​Settle in on an all-night sitting to commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment on December 8th and Shunryu Suzuki-roshi’s Parinirvana on December 4th, 1971. We sit continuously from midnight to 4 a.m. ending with atonement vow. At 6 a.m. we gather together for a memorial procession to Suzuki-roshi’s stupa where we chant, express our gratitude, and watch the sunrise through the trees.

Saturday Community Dharma Talk: Jakusho Kwong-Roshi

10:30 am to 11:30 am PST


Dharma talk will be given by Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founding abbot of SMZC, following 10:30 am zazen.


BY DONATION ($10 suggested donation)

Kids Community: Make Mochi!

10:30 am to 12:30 pm


We will mash and pound steamed rice and make little cakes with sweet bean paste inside for an early celebration of the New Year. Come and get your hands sticky for some yummy fun!

SMZC Closed for Winter Break

December 16, 2021 to December 30, 2021


SMZC is closed from December 16 to December 30. Online programming will not occur.

Ringing in the New Year: Welcoming 2022 Year of the Tiger

10:30 pm to 1:00 am PST


​A wonderful chance to get together and renew our commitment to practice for the New Year. Join the community for traditional, informal noodles in the sangha house. After a short zazen to close the year, at exactly midnight, everyone will get a chance will ring SMZC's great bell 108 times to welcome the New Year of the Tiger.  Bring a small piece of paper inscribed with any Karmic hindrances you wish to burn away during the ceremony.  Refreshments offered following the ceremony. Tuesday, December 31, 10:30 pm to 1:00 am

6367 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa CA 95404