On March 6 we will listen to a recorded Dharma talk by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Ph.D., author and ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest. She combines Zen meditation, intuitive knowing, and indigenous wisdom in a path of liberation. Download the first chapters of her book:
The Way of Tenderness. (6 MB: may take a few minutes)
Doralee Katonah will introduce and discuss this text by Eihei Dogen in her presentation on Monday, February 20th. We offer it here as a PDF if you would like to read it prior to her talk.
Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence
There is a slight change to the calendar for Monday, February 6. Two sangha members, Doralee Grindler Katonah and Oscar Balaguer, will share their experiences while attending the recent 3-week winter intensive practice period at Green Gulch Farm. The “Intensive” is led by Senior Dharma teacher Reb Anderson every January.
Oops. Valley Streams Zen Sangha will NOT be offering morning meditation on Thursday, January 5th due to installation of our new HVAC system. We will be open NEXT WEEK at 6 a.m., January 12. Join us then for 2 periods of zazen and service, followed by informal tea at 7:20 am.
“The highest value of Buddhist practice is to shine the light of awareness on habits of mind that perpetuate prejudice and discrimination so all may wake up together. This includes learning how we are conditioned to separate ourselves by race, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation and other forms of cultural identity.” (VSZ Diversity Statement)
This season we will take up the concept of “other” and the object-seeking mind. Using our Diversity Statement, we will “study the self” and our human tendency to classify as “other” that which is different. We will see how our practice supports the development of skillful means in turning toward, rather than away from, difficult interactions. Through talks by sangha members and guest teachers, readings and discussion, we will explore together the “harmony of difference and equality. See our events calendar for details.