Daily Meditation Schedule (Ongoing)
You are welcome to sit one period of zazen as your schedule permits. Participate in the daily schedule as much as you are able. Continuous daily practice helps strengthen your resolve. If attending partially, please leave or enter during kinhin (walking meditation). Download daily sutras to partake in the service.
Monday – Saturday Morning
5:15 a.m. – 5:50 a.m. Zazen
5:50 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. Kinhin
6:00 a.m. – 6:35 a.m. Zazen
6:40 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Service [Download Chants]
Tuesday – Friday Evening
7:30 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. Zazen
8:10 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. Kinhin
8:20 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. Zazen
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
Meeting ID: 688 048 731
Meeting ID: 132 887 219
Saturday Community (Online & On Site)
Online: Free pre-registration required for each Saturday Community you plan to attend.
On-Site: We are open to the fully-vaccinated public with limited zendo capacity (up to 20 people). Pre-registration required: sign our covid waiver with your proof of vaccination and pre-register for each Saturday Community you plan to attend.
Free pre-registration required to attend
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Zazen & Recite Opening Sutras [Download]
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Talk & Recite Universal Transfer of Merit [Download]
October 23, 2021 | "Taking Your Seat" Baul Feast Dharma Talk by Kwong-roshi & Nyoze Kwong
Please register to join us on-site (in-person viewing at SMZC via zoom) or online (in the comfort of your own home via zoom). At the invitation of Purna Steinitz from Trimurti Community in Bozman, Montana, the special dialogue will be given in honor of Lee Lozowick by Jakusho Kwong-roshi and Nyoze Kwong at SMZC as a part of “Taking Your Seat” Baul Feast 2021. Purna is a Dharma heir of Lee Lozowick who received permission to teach in the lineage.
How we take our seat in our lives is seen in how we take our seat on a meditation cushion, at the dinner table, in front of the computer, in the car, and even on the toilet. The attention or inattention we bring to what we express in the moment shows the quality of Being we bring or don’t bring to what we do. Do we slouch with inelegance and casual childishness, or do we hold ourselves with dignity and presence as we rest in the Seat of ourselves?
October 30, 2021 | Saturday Community Senior Student Talk
Student talk will be given by Kaian (海安) John Jennings, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest. In the spring of 2002, Kaian came to Sonoma Mountain and become a student of Kwong-roshi. In 2007 he received the precepts from Kwong-roshi. In 2008 he served as Shuso (head student) for the Winter Ango. In 2012 he was ordained as a priest. He lives on Cobb Mountain in Lake County, California with his wife, Lia, his 3 grown children, and 9 grandchildren—not in the same house but within a few miles of each other. He has co-facilitated meditation at Harbin Hot Springs in Middletown, CA. He is an artist and musician and active in both capacities in his community.
November 6, 2021 | Saturday Community Student Talk
Student talk will be given by Jundo (純道) Mike Farrand, senior student of Kwong-roshi and ordained priest. Jundo began formally practicing Zen at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center where he had lived as a student since 2005. During his residency he has held the position of Kansui (Administator), Shissui (Work Leader), and Tenzo (Head Cook). Jundo received Jukai from Jakusho Kwong-roshi in 2005 and was ordained as a priest in 2015. He has also served as Shuso (Head Student) leading the 30 day intensive practice period in the winter of 2015, giving talks, providing interviews and guiding students through the daily schedule. Before coming to Genjo-ji, he worked as a baker and then a machinist for several companies in the North Bay. Jundo is an avid golfer and enjoys playing and practicing whenever he gets the chance.
DOKUSAN WITH TEACHERS
(Jakusho Kwong-roshi and Nyoze Kwong)
Please email the office for information and scheduling.
$30 suggested minimum donation
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.