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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


Monday, June 1, 6:50 – 8 p.m.
Practice Talk by Ino, Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah
Download pdf of this talk “The Gift of Zazen is Illimitable.”

Monday, June 8, 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Beginning Meditation Instruction

Monday, June 8, 6:50 – 8 p.m.
Dharma Talk by Rev. Mary Mocine

Monday, June 15, 6:50 – 8 p.m.
Dharma Talk by 
Tanto, So-on Jim Hare

Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Journal Practice for the Pandemic by Beth Jacobs, Ph.D.

Monday, June 22, 6:50 – 8 p.m.
Practice Talk by Clement Spring

Monday, June 29, 6:50 – 8 p.m.
Retreat Night

Tuesday Book Group – 4-5 pm, beginning June 16 (7 weeks)
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 at our Dharma Gates –
Every Other Friday, 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Coming together online for one hour, with a guided writing time and sharing. The sharing time will be facilitated with practice circle guidelines – silent listening with no cross talk or commentary. Sharing of thoughts and/or writing are welcomed; choosing not to share is honored with respect. Co-led by Doralee Grindler Katonah and Linda Dekker. 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