During Temple Stays, visitors can rest in the calm, restorative environment of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. A stay at our center is a unique retreat into a spiritual sanctuary surrounded by natural beauty. We are located in the heart of Sonoma County, overlooking the Valley of the Moon on the northern slope of Sonoma Mountain. This rural setting is filled with redwood forests, oak groves, and sweeping vistas. During your stay, you can join in the meditation periods, services, and communal meals of our daily temple life or spend time alone reading, writing, or hiking. In addition to walking trails on our grounds, North Slope Regional Park and Jack London State Park are a close driving distance from the center.  

 

Temple stay is an opportunity to experience authentic Soto Zen Buddhism, its lifestyle, rituals and spirituality. Take the backward step, sit down and illuminate the jewel within yourself.

The Special Program includes:
  • Oryoki instruction

  • Meditation instruction

  • Touring the grounds

Schedule
1st Day (Friday)

 1:30-3:30 pm Check-in

 Orientation upon arrival - basic temple rules

 6:00 pm Informal dinner with residents

 6:40 pm Oryoki instruction

 7:30 pm Meditation

2nd Day (Saturday)

 5:00 am Wake up

 5:15 am Meditation, Buddhist Service

 7:00 am Oryoki breakfast

 9:00 am Self-guided nature walk

10:30 am Meditation (optional)

11:00 am Saturday Community (optional)

12:00 noon Buffet lunch with residents

 1:30 p.m. Check-out

We would appreciate your observing the following guidelines:
  • Please attend a Buddhist service.

  • Please be on time for all scheduled events.

  • Please maintain silence.

  • Please take off socks in meditation hall.

  • Clean your room on your last day.

What to bring:
  • Running-shoes or hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Toothbrush

  • Warm clothes: long sleeves, pants, sweater

  • Jacket (it can be very cold on Sonoma Mountain)

  • Comfortable clothing (dress in layers) to wear in zendo (no shorts or sleeveless tops)

Temple stay fee for one night/two days per person:
  • $150 per night (dormitory room, shared restroom)
  • $175 per night (private room, shared restroom)
  • $200 per night (private room with restroom)
Contact office@smzc.org for details.

Night dies into day.

Day dies into night.

Exhaling is intimate with loss,

Inhaling I am renewed.

—Jakusho Kwong-roshi