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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 ~

>>ANNUAL SANGHA MEETING – ONLINE this Sunday!
October 24 –
10:30 – 12 pm  Register on Eventbrite.com

Monday Evenings (in person & online)
Every Monday, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
*Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977
October 18 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Ben Connelly
October 25 – Dharma Talk by Lama Rod Owens
November 1 – Sejiki Ceremony
November 8 – Dharma Talk by So’on Jim Hare
November 15 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Retreats  Retreats are held on the first Saturday of the month.
November 6 – Yogacara ONLINE RETREAT – led by Rev. Ben Connelly
Register on Eventbrite.com

Introduction to Zen Meditation (email for location details)
Second Monday each month, 6 – 6:40 p.m.

Thursday Morning Zazen & Service (in person & online)
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)
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  (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