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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.
Please sign up for our Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting ID# for each program. Right side of this page  –  Calendar


Upcoming Events ~
  • Retreat
– Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Healing Practice of Still Sitting, led by Practice Leader So-On Jim Hare

 • Monday Evenings – 6:50 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
June 22 – Practice Talk by Shokan Clement Spring (see: Majjhima Nikya Chart)
June 29 – Practice Circle: Celebrating our “Zoom Sangha”
July 6 – Dharma Talk by So-On Jim Hare
July 13 – Way-Seeking Mind Talk by Shitoku Rollin Ives
July 20 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey
July 27 – Poetry Night, led by Linda Dekker

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

 • Tuesday Book Group – Every Tuesday, June 16 – July 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Details in the calendar. To join this group, contact Jody at joaansell@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

 • Writing and Sitting Together – Every other Friday, 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Co-led by Doralee Grindler Katonah and Linda Dekker.
To join this group, contact Doralee at grindkaton@icloud.com



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 zazen (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