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NEWS FLASH –  In response to the recent aggressive spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the board has decided to move all of our programs to ONLINE ONLY through the second week in February. We hope the surge in infections will have subsided by then, allowing us to return to hybrid programming (i.e. both in-person and online).  We have made this decision reluctantly, and with respect to the safety and well-being of everyone. The Zoom links for our programs can be found on this page and in our weekly newsletter.  May all beings be protected from serious disease!


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                ~ Upcoming Events ~

Monday Evenings (online)
Every Monday, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
*Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977
January 17 – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, led by Richard Hicks & Omonivie Okhade
January 24 – Dharma Talk by So-On Jim Hare
January 31 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Taiga Ito

Retreats (online)
Retreats are held on the first Saturday of the month.
February 5 – One-day Sitting, led by So-on Jim Hare.
Register on Eventbrite.com 

Introduction to Zen Meditation (online)
Second Monday each month, 6 – 6:40 p.m.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8678881476

Thursday Morning Zazen & Service (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 (online)
Every Thursday, 7:50 a.m. – 9 a.m. To join this group, contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com

Anti-Racism Study Group (online)
Meets monthly, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  
This is an ongoing group. For inquiries, contact Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85317508594


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