ONLINE PROGRAMS

MEDITATION SCHEDULE
Monday - Saturday Morning Schedule

             6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.    Zazen

                              6:30 a.m.    Opening Bell           

                              7:00 a.m.    Recite Verse of The Kesa           

Monday &Wednesday - Friday Evening Schedule 
         

             7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.    Zazen

                              7:30 p.m.    Opening Bell 

                              8:00 p.m.    Recite Verse of The Four Vows or Fukanzazengi

Spring -Summer Study Group: Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.  
ONGOING- NEW PARTICIPANTS WELCOME
THERE WILL BE NO STUDY GROUP ON AUGUST 11th DUE TO SESSHIN

​An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on a book. Now - June 23rd We will be studying the second half of "Deepest Practice, Deepest Wisdom. Three Fascicles from Shobogenzo with Commentaries", by Kosho Uchiyama. Here is the updated Syllabus  

We invite new comers to join us! The book is available Here: BOOK

Saturday, August 8th Saturday Community 

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Zazen

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Student Talk will be given by Małgosia "Myoju"Sieradzka-Imhoff (head student) for online Summer Ango. She is a student of Kwong Roshi and a sangha member of  Kannon Zen Center, SMZC's affiliate in Poland.

Sunday, August 9th - August 16th  Actualizing the Way Sesshin

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. There will be extended sitting periods and special talks throughout the week. The Schedule with links is HERE. 

Open to all. Dana accepted.

Saturday, August 15th Saturday Community 

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Zazen

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Sesshin Dharma Talk will be given by Jakusho Kwong- roshi accompanied by  by Małgosia "Myoju"Sieradzka-Imhoff (head student) for online Summer Ango. She is a student of Kwong Roshi and a sangha member of  Kannon Zen Center, SMZC's affiliate in Poland.

Saturday, July 25th - August 22nd Summer Ango
Continuing
COMING UP
Saturday, August 29th Online Kids Community 11:00- 11:45 a.m

This program is an opportunity for Sangha members and friends to introduce their children to the Zen Center in a fun and creative way.  Please join us in the online zendo for the beginning of the student talk with Mike Persinger. At approximately 11:15am, the kids program participants will move over to another online zoom link to continue activities with Jesse Brunette.

Parents are welcome to join in the fun along with their children, or continue participating with student talk (on another device).

You are invited to have a small rock or smooth stone handy during the program.

FORMS AND GUIDELNES

 

Morning and evening zazen we will have 1 period of 30 minutes.  Beginning period of zazen will start by the facilitator striking a bell with 3 times. To end the period and to begin closing vers there will be 1 strike on a bell.

 

It is extremely important that we all aim toward creating a calm, quiet and strong container in which we can deepen our practice of Zazen(just sitting) during on-line zendo. Please keep the following forms in mind to manifest our practice as One Body and One Mind.

 

Creating A Strong Container

 

Organize and straighten up a space in which you will be sitting zazen. Clean the area around your computer if it is a desktop to create a calm environment in which you can settle. This gives space for a calm mind to manifest. We are connecting and cultivating something deeper that is in harmony with the universe.

 

Sit stable like a mountain and unmovable.  Do not move and keep your seat. Become one with your breath, body and mind.

 

There are various ways to sit – in profile or facing away from the computer screen to not be distracted by others that may be moving. Others may choose to “stop their video” or turn off their camera as well. You can also face your camera on an altar, vase of flowers, candle or incense.

 

Maintain Noble Silence

 

Please maintain silence throughout on-line zendo to deepen your practice and for others as well. Please arrive in silence and on time to create harmony and start practice together as one body. Please mute your microphone when you enter.

 

Begin your sitting by holding your hands in gassho(palms together) bow towards and away from your cushion or chair to prepare your body and mind for zazen.

 

At the very end of Zazen after the reciting the closing verse hold your hands in gassho and bow. When you are finished zazen comes to standing, brush and fluff your zafu(cushion) and zabuton(mat) as your first activity as stillness in action.

Join is Thursdays at 3:00 p.m and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m  for Meditation Instruction

DOKUSAN WITH TEACHERS

Please, email the office for information and scheduling

6367 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa CA 95404