For the time being, and until further notice, Valley Streams Zen Sangha asks that only the fully vaccinated attend in-person programs.  We ask everyone attending in person to wear a mask. We continue to offer the Zoom sangha for those who wish to participate virtually.  We will collect contact emails from in-person attendees in order to notify them in the event we become aware of a COVID exposure at one of our events.

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                ~ Upcoming Events ~

Monday Evenings (in person & online)
Every Monday, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
*Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977
December 6 – Program by Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah
December 13 – Dharma Talk by Susan Moon
December 20 – Winter Solstice Celebration
December 27 – Relinquishment Ceremony, led by Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Retreats  Retreats are held on the first Saturday of the month.
November 28 – December 5 – Rohatsu Sesshin  (combination of in-person & online programming)
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Introduction to Zen Meditation (in person – SDC Library)
Second Monday each month, 6 – 6:40 p.m.

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

Zen Study Group (in person & online)
Every Thursday, 7:50 a.m. – 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(online)  (on hiatus until January)
Fourth Thursday each month, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  
To join this group, contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com

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 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