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While we must keep our doors closed until social distancing guidelines are relaxed, we encourage everyone to join our online programs regardless of where you may live.
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                ~ Upcoming Virtual Events ~
Monday Evenings – 6:50 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
*Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977
May 3 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey
May 10 – Dharma Talk by Ryuko Laura Burges
May 17 – Way-seeking Mind Talk by Shalamah Yahchove
May 24 – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare
May 31 – CLOSED for Memorial Day Holiday

Retreats – Retreats are held on the first Saturday of the month.
June 5Allowing Emptiness to Fill the Page: A Sitting and Writing Retreat with Beth Jacobs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Register on Eventbrite.com

Introduction to Zen Meditation Second Monday each month,   Next class: May 10, 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday Morning Zazen & Service – Every Thursday, 6 – 7:20 a.m.
For Zoom meeting ID and more information, contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com

Zen Study Group Every Thursday, 7:50 – 9 a.m.
Ongoing online meeting of the Valley Streams Zen study group.
To join this group, contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com

• Book Club Fourth Thursday each month, 4:30 – 6 p.m. The current book:  In Defense of Looting, by Vicky Osterveil. To join this group, contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com

• Special EventMay 10,  4 – 5:30 p.m.  May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors


To join via computer, download the free Zoom Client for Meetings


Valley Streams Zen Sangha is dedicated to the study of Buddha’s teaching and the practice of meditation. We invite newcomers and experienced Zen students to join us.

Our sangha is maintained by a community of people who have traveled many different paths. We come together to support each other in practicing Buddha’s way.

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.

Valley Streams Zen Sangha is affiliated with the Branching Streams network of the San Francisco Zen Center. Our forms and practice are inspired by the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Our Monday night programs always begin with  (sitting meditation). Additional offerings include a devotional service, dharma talks by visiting teachers, group discussions, practice circles and retreat nights. There are no membership requirements to participate. We invite donations to support the room rental, visits by teachers, and other sangha activities.

“The sound of the valley streams enters the ears. Lamplight pierces the eyes. Beyond this, not a single moment of thought.”   –Eihei Dogen