Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

One-day sitting Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

Saturday May 20th - 5:00am

The Sonoma Mountain Zen Center (SMZC) will host “Entering the Gate” on May 20, 5 a.m.-5 p.m., a one-day retreat for beginners and experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice. Retreatants will experience a moderate schedule of zazen (eight periods of sitting meditation), samu (work practice), oryoki (formal meals) and sutra chanting. Wear warm, loose, subdued clothing for zazen. Bring work clothes for outdoor work, a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, flashlight, and battery-operated alarm clock. The retreat includes a 6 p.m. Friday evening dinner and overnight stay. Cost: $65 nonmembers, general $55, practicing $45.

To sign up, contact SMZC at 545-8105 or www.smzc.net. SMZC is located at 6367 Sonoma Mountain Road.