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SMZC Is Open Mon–Sat to the Public.

Drop-ins are welcome during daily morning and evening zazen periods in the zendo or online.

View daily meditation schedule.

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.

Shinsanshiki Ceremony

Welcoming Our New Abbot
Nyoze Kwong

On September 2, 2023 we celebrated the installation of our new Abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Nyoze represents the 92nd unbroken blood-lineage tracing back to Shakyamuni Buddha.

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Upcoming Events ON SITE (in Person in the Zendo)
If you live within driving distance, please register to attend on site. For those who live out of town or unable to attend in person, see the event calendar to register for online events.

  • February Fusatsu Ceremony - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    February Fusatsu Ceremony - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Feb 23
    Zendo
    Feb 23, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Feb 23, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Come up & experience the Fusatsu (布薩) Atonement Ceremony of confession, purification and renewing vows. Participate in this beautiful monthly Zen tradition. 7:30 - 8:00pm Zazen 8:00 - 9:00pm Service
  • Winter Ango Closing Ceremony & Mondo - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Winter Ango Closing Ceremony & Mondo - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Feb 24
    Zendo
    Feb 24, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Feb 24, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Join us for Winter Ango 'Revealing the Dharma' Closing Ceremony & Mondo with Shuso Shinei (神英) Brown. 10:30 - 11:00am Zazen 11:00 - 11:45am Closing Ceremony & Mondo
  • Meditation Instruction (Includes Saturday Community) - ON SITE (in Genjo Building)
    Meditation Instruction (Includes Saturday Community) - ON SITE (in Genjo Building)
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Mar 02
    Genjo Building
    Mar 02, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    Genjo Building, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Mar 02, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    Genjo Building, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Perfect for beginners wishing to learn meditation form. Meditation is a way to calm the mind and find balance in your daily life. Join us for our regular Saturday Community program (included in the fee) immediately following instruction. Please arrive at 8:50 am at the Sangha House to check in.
  • Saturday Community (Talk by Nyoze Kwong) - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Saturday Community (Talk by Nyoze Kwong) - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Mar 02
    Zendo
    Mar 02, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Mar 02, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Dharma talk will be given by Nyoze Kwong, abbot of SMZC, following 10:30-11:00 am zazen. 10:30 am - 11:00 am Zazen 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Dharma Talk
  • Spring Study Group - ON SITE or ONLINE (All-Class Pass for 8 Weeks)
    Spring Study Group - ON SITE or ONLINE (All-Class Pass for 8 Weeks)
    Membership Offer
    Tue, Mar 05
    ON SITE (in Genjo Bldg) or ONLINE (on Zoom)
    Mar 05, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST
    ON SITE (in Genjo Bldg) or ONLINE (on Zoom)
    Mar 05, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST
    ON SITE (in Genjo Bldg) or ONLINE (on Zoom)
    Explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book “Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.
  • 'Just This Moment' 1-Day Sitting - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    'Just This Moment' 1-Day Sitting - ON SITE (in Zendo)
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Mar 08
    Zendo
    Mar 08, 2024, 6:00 PM PST – Mar 09, 2024, 5:30 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    Mar 08, 2024, 6:00 PM PST – Mar 09, 2024, 5:30 PM PST
    Zendo, 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
    This retreat is an introduction to Zen training and an opportunity for beginners and experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice. RSVP and we will contact you to complete your registration. $85/night & up. 10-20% discount for members.
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