About our practice community
Rocks and Clouds Zendo is a Zen Buddhist community located in Sebastopol, California. Our community is dedicated to Zen practice and training. The community (sangha) meets for meditation, tea and a Dharma talk by our teacher, Daniel Terragno Roshi, weekly on Wednesdays.
On many Fridays, Terragno Roshi offers dokusan, an opportunity to meet privately for discussion of meditation practice. Terragno Roshi works with and guides students in their practice, which may include study of Zen koans as a way of waking up to one’s true nature and developing the awareness, compassion, insight, and presence to live courageously and responsibly.
Support Rocks and Clouds Practice Community
Wednesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please arrive at 6:55 p.m as sitting starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
618 South Main Street, Sebastopol, California 95472
(The zendo is in back of the house next to the big oak tree and white picket fence.)
On Wednesday night we sit for one 40- min. period of meditation (Zazen) followed by tea, a dharma talk with our founding teacher Daniel Terragno, Roshi. The evening closes with chanting sutras. We welcome people new to practice and those who are looking to deepen their existing practice.
Meditation and Dokusan Every Friday Morning (when Roshi is in town)
6:00 am – 8:00 am
Terragno Roshi offers Dokusan on Friday mornings when he is in town. On these Friday mornings we sit together for 25 min meditation periods beginning at 6:00 a.m., please arrive by 5:55 a.m. to be seated and mindful before the first bells. In between sitting periods we practice walking meditation. Dokusan starts at 6:30 a.m. Dokusan is a chance to meet with the teacher independently, ask questions about practice, learning to meditate, and for those who do Koan study, to work your Koan with our founding teacher.
Annual Memorial Day Sesshin
Three 1/2 Day Meditation Retreat
When: Tentatively Memorial Day Weekend 2016 (Friday 5/22/16 to Monday 5/25/16 at 12 pm)
Time: Daily from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fee: Suggested donation of $45 per day. Sliding scale available upon request.
This is a “commuter sesshin” for people living locally. If you are from out of town and need accommodations please contact us.
When we practice in sesshin we wake up to our life as it is. We begin to see through who we think we are and who we are begins to emerge. The constant drone of thoughts fades and losses importance and what is most essential rises to the surface.
Throughout the day, meditation periods will be 25 minutes long, followed by five minutes of walking meditation.
There will be one period of chanting meditation. Roshi Daniel also gives one teisho (talk) each day of retreats. These talks are open to both individuals attending the retreat and anyone who would like to attend. Please call for time if you wish to come just for the talk.
Annual Rohatsu Sesshin
Seven Day Meditation Retreat
When: Tentatively 7 days Sunday- Saturday, late November early December , 2016
Time: Tentative: Daily from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fee: Contact Us. To be determined when venue is finalized.
Sliding scale available upon request.
Location: TBA (This will be a residential retreat.) Hopefully we will return for sesshin at the Black Mountain Retreat Center in Cazadero, CA.
The Rohatsu seven day sesshin is an annual tradition for us at Rocks and Clouds. Rohatsu commemorates Buddha’s awakening. Led by Daniel Terragno, Roshi this is a time to reconnect to our fundamental nature. Sesshin is a fasting of the senses. Sesshin literally means, “to touch the heart- mind.” The stillness allows us to let the water settle and something more real and simple to emerge.
Through out the day meditation periods will be 25 minutes long, followed by five minutes of walking meditation.
There will be one period of chanting meditation. Daniel also gives one teisho (talk) each day of retreats. These talks are open to both individuals attending the retreat and anyone who would like to attend. Call for the time of the talks if you are not attending the sesshin.
Events at Rocks and Clouds
Buddha’s Birthday Celebration
Date in late April 2016 TBA
Morning Meditation – 10 am to 12 pm
Work Practice – 12 pm to 2 pm
Potluck and Celebration 2:00 pm to 5 pm
Bring some food, your family (kids are welcome) and friends. We will have a short ceremony celebrating Buddha’s Birthday followed by some sweet tea and good eats.
Feel welcome to come for potluck with out attending other parts of the event.
One Day Retreats at Rocks and Clouds (Zazenkai)
2016 Dates to be announced.
Zazenkai at Rocks and Clouds are one-day intensive practice periods. Zazenkai retreats start at 6 or 8 am and end around 4 or 5 pm. On days beginning at 8:00, there are three practice periods from 8 am to 10 am, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch at 12), 2 pm to 4 pm. We have a 90 minute brake after Lunch. Lunch is served in Orioki style. Sutra service happens during the 10:30 am to 11:00 am period. Dharma talk or Dharma discussion occurs at 2:30 pm and is open to the community. When Terragno, Roshi is in town Dokusan is given.
Friday Evening “12 and Zen” Group
Our longtime friend, Bill Krumbein leads the “12 & Zen” group on the second Friday of each month meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This unique project uses koans in a nontraditional way to enliven one’s relationship with the Twelve Steps. Bringingn these two paths together through meditation and discussion offers a unique and personal way for the Twelve Steps to affect one’s life on many levels. The group’s main participants are those practicing any 12-step program, however everyone is welcome to come and explore this opportunity.