ONLINE PROGRAMS

Saturday, June 19   Father’s Day Weekend Special Feature | Online Film Premiere of
“Beyond A Dream: Father and Son Conversations - Part II”
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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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? 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. [Register Today]

By Registration
($20 Admission)

After purchasing your admission ticket, you will be taken to the registration page for your own zoom link. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, June 10   "Returning to the Ground of Being" Three-Day Online Sesshin

BY DONATION

$20 suggested

Schedule with Zoom Links

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 in order to resume our original nature. This sesshin is a 3-day practice period 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. The online schedule begins at 6:30 a.m. and includes several periods of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, mindful work, and dokusans (private interviews) by request. Days end at 8:50 p.m. The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 and ends Sunday, June 13 at 12 noon. This online sesshin is zoomed live with SMZC residents in the Zendo while retreatants participate from home.​

Open to all. Please donate to register ($20/day suggested).

No Meditation Instruction on Saturday, June 12

Closed after sesshin on Monday, June 14

Please feel free to join as you can. However, please refrain from joining in the middle of a period. The sesshin is open to all by donation ($20/day suggested).

Spring Study Group (13 Weeks: March 9 – June 8)
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Tuesday Evenings

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.

An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book “DOGEN’S GENJO KOAN (現成公按) with Three Commentaries” by Eihei Dogen. This 14-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:00 pm PST starting March 9, 2021. We invite newcomers to join us! [Download Syllabus]

Donate to register. ($10/session suggested)

BY DONATION

$10/session suggested

Meeting ID:

852 7097 3180
Passcode: 606328

Daily Meditation Schedule (Ongoing)
Monday – Saturday Morning

6:30 a.m.7:00 a.m.     Zazen

                  6:30 a.m.     Opening Bell           

                  7:00 a.m.     Recite Verse of The Kesa [Download]

Wednesday – Friday Evening

No Tuesdays during Spring Study Group (March 9 – June 8)

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 [Download]

Saturday Meditation Instruction (Drop-in)

            9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.    SMZC Background, Brief Lineage & History

            9:10 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.    Posture (How to Sit)             

            9:35 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.    Integration into Everyday Life   

            9:35 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.    Question & Answer   

Meeting ID: 907 889 251
Passcode: 360919

Meeting ID: 688 048 731
Passcode: 584765

Meeting ID: 132 887 219
Passcode: 609789

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Zazen

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Saturday Community Talk

Saturday Community (Ongoing)

BY DONATION

$10 suggested

Meeting ID:

570 834 905

Passcode: 758423

June 12, 2021 | Saturday Community Dharma Talk

Dharma talk will be given by Uji Markiewicz, Abbot of Kannon Sangha Warsaw, Poland, following 10:30 am zazen. Uji Mikolaj has been a student of Jakusho Kwong-roshi since 1986. In 2003, he received Tokudo ordination. In 2015, he received lineage transmission from Jakusho Kwong-roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. On May 7, 2016,  there was a public Mountain Seat Ceremony installing him as Abbot and spiritual leader of Kannon Zen Center in Warsaw, Poland. Uji also works closely with the Benedictine Monastery in Lubin, Poland, leading retreats.


June 26, 2021 | Saturday Community Student Talk

Student talk will be given by Annie Seiken (精見) Hammang, a student of Kwong-roshi since 2016, following 10:30 am zazen. Annie received Jukai (Clear Seeing) from Kwong Roshi in 2019 and has spent many summers at the mountain since she first started her practice. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she is a PhD candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science program at Arizona State University.


July 10, 2021 | Saturday Community Dharma Talk

Dharma talk will be given by Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founding abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, following 10:30 am zazen. Roshi has taught Zen students in the United States and Europe for over 40 years. He is a successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and author of Breath Sweeps Mind: The Intimate Heart of Zen and No Beginning, No End.

 
DOKUSAN WITH TEACHERS
(Jakusho Kwong-roshi and Nyoze Kwong)

Please email the office for information and scheduling.

BY DONATION

$20 suggested donation
for non-members

FORMS AND GUIDELINES

 

We have one period of 30-minute morning and evening zazen. Beginning period of zazen will start by the facilitator striking a bell with three times. To end the period and to begin closing verse, there will be one strike on the 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 online 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 the video” or turn off their camera. You can also face your camera on an altar, vase of flowers, candle, or incense.

 

Maintaining Noble Silence

Please maintain silence throughout online 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) and bow towards and away from your cushion or chair to prepare your body and mind for zazen.

 

At the 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.

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