Thursday Morning Study Group – The Heart Sutra

Study of ancient and contemporary texts is one of the pillars of Zen practice. In case you have missed it, we now offer an ongoing study group which meets every Thursday morning,  8-9 am after zazen & tea. Everyone is welcome.

  • Led by Rev. So On Jim Hare.
  • Current text:  Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okamura.
  • Contact Rollin Ives ( for details.

Seeing / Drawing Retreat -Saturday, May 5

Line Drawing

For “Dharma Art Day” this year we will focus on drawing as meditation. In drawing, we have an opportunity to set aside our egos while becoming one with the object. It will not be an art class per se, and no prior drawing experience is required. What is asked for is our willingness to deeply observe, connect our eyes with our hearts and hands, and open to whatever may emerge. This mostly silent day will include periods of meditation and movement. Weather permitting, we will work outdoors.
Led by sangha members Karen Hamilton and Barb Baccei.
9 am – 4 pm  Sacramento Dharma Center,  3111 Wissemann Dr., Sacramento
Please bring a bag lunch.
Fee: $0-$20 plus $10 for materials.  Scholarships are available.
Sign up at a Monday night meeting or REGISTER at

Our Buddhist Women Ancestors

You are invited to a new study group sponsored by Valley Streams Zen Sangha. The group  will meet on the third Thursday of every month, 9 am-10:30 am.
First meeting:  Thursday, October 19th at the Sacramento Dharma Center.

The group is open to all sanghas and genders ~ to anyone who is interested in studying the Dharma through the lives and teachings of our female Buddhist ancestors.  Linda Dekker and Susan Farrar will facilitate.

Some resources we will use are:
   •The Hidden Lamp, edited by Florence Caplow & Susan Moon
   •Stars at Dawn; Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life, by Wendy Garling
   •Women of Wisdom, by Lama Tsultrim Allione
   •Being Bodies; Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment, edited by Lenore
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