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October 2020

Dharma Talk or Practice Circle, by Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah (ONLINE)

10/26/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our Monday night programs begin with zazen (sitting meditation) followed by a devotional service and dharma talk, group discussion, practice circle or retreat night. There are no membership requirements to participate. We invite donations to support the room rental, visits by teachers, and other sangha activities. 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. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will meet…

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November 2020

Dharma Talk by Hozan Alan Senauke (ONLINE)

11/02/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Hozan Alan Senauke is a Soto Zen priest, folk musician and poet residing at the Berkeley Zen Center (BZC) in Berkeley, California, where he currently serves as Vice Abbot. Hozan was ordained and received Dharma Transmission from Sojun Roshi in 1998. As a former Executive Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), he brings a global perspective on socially-engaged Buddhism and Zen as a force for positive change. He founded the Clear View Project, bringing Buddhist-based resources for relief and social change…

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Half-day Sitting, led by So-On Jim Hare

11/07/2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Resting the mind in the midst of the habitual activity of thought is the ultimate form of relaxation. This will be a online sitting with a schedule of sitting and walking meditation and a short Dharma talk by Valley Streams Zen practice leader, Jim Hare. The schedule will include the option to begin sitting early, before joining the group on Zoom, as we did in the September sitting. Register on Eventbrite.com

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Annual Sangha “Brunch” (Virtual)

11/08/2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Bring your coffee or tea and a pastry and spend a relaxed Sunday morning catching up with Sangha friends, hearing the latest news from VSZS Board members, and sharing your ideas! President Doralee will review the past year's events and Treasurer Larry Smith will present the Sangha's financial report. We will assemble in our Zoom cubicles and in breakout rooms to more easily talk about what has been and what could be for our sangha in the coming year. • Register on…

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

11/09/2020 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:45 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 08/10/2020

An event every month that begins at 5:45 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 12/14/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up for Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting…

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Dharma Talk by guest teacher Susan Moon (ONLINE)

11/09/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Susan Moon is a writer, editor, and lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She is the author of a number of books about Buddhism, including the humor book The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi and This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. For many years she was the editor of Turning Wheel, the journal of socially engaged Buddhism. Her short stories and essays have been published widely. Sue has been a Zen student…

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Dharma Talk by So-On Jim Hare (ONLINE)

11/16/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016.   During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We will continue to monitor local health advisories regarding group meetings.…

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey (ONLINE)

11/23/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rev. Myo Lahey, Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco and our guiding teacher, will offer the Dharma talk this evening. Myo has previously served as head of practice (Tanto) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is a Dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson. Raised in an observant Roman Catholic home, Myo was drawn to religion and spirituality at an early age and found Zen Buddhism in his teens. He began sitting in 1969 and practiced with many…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (online), led by So-On Jim Hare

11/29/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Welcome and orientation for Rohatsu Sesshin offered via Zoom. Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (morning schedule)

11/30/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:15 am
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 am, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Dharma Talk by So-On Jim Hare

11/30/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016.   During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We will continue to monitor local health advisories regarding group meetings.…

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December 2020

Rohatsu Sesshin (morning schedule)

12/01/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:15 am
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 am, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (evening schedule)

12/01/2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (morning schedule)

12/02/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:15 am
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 am, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (evening schedule)

12/02/2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (morning schedule)

12/03/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:15 am
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 am, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (modified evening schedule)

12/03/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (morning schedule)

12/04/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:15 am
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 am, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin (evening schedule)

12/04/2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until 12/04/2020

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This Rohatsu will be on Zoom and will have a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting only the morning and evening periods, Sunday, Nov. 29 - Friday Dec. 4.  On Saturday, Dec. 5, we will offer a full day sitting. We'll close out the week on Sunday, Dec. 6, with…

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Rohatsu Sesshin, One-day Sitting (online)

12/05/2020 @ 6:00 am - 8:45 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. Our Rohatsu is on Zoom this year and has a very different format.  It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting just the morning and evening periods, Sunday through Friday.  On Saturday, December 5 we have a full day sitting, and we’ll close out the week with Sunday morning zazen, Dharma talk and ceremony.…

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Rohatsu Sesshin – (closing program)

12/06/2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Last day of sesshin with morning zazen, a Dharma talk, and closing ceremony. Sat. & Sun. Sesshin Schedule Chants for Rohatsu Sesshin

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Practice Circle, led by Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah (ONLINE)

12/07/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

The Three Treasures are the foundation of the Practice Circle: (1) the Oneness of Buddha, (2) the Diversity of Dharma, (3) the Harmony of Sangha. The circle itself is a container for being in the present, manifesting just as we are in the truth of the moment.     During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We will continue to monitor local health advisories regarding group meetings. We of course hope to be able to…

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

12/14/2020 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up for Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting…

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Dharma Talk by So-On Jim Hare (ONLINE)

12/14/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016.   During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We will continue to monitor local health advisories regarding…

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Morning Zazen & Service

12/17/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/10/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Winter Solstice Celebration (ONLINE)

12/21/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Welcome the new year by celebrating the treasure of sangha with your sangha friends - albeit virtually this year!  This will be an evening of sharing poetry, stories, or music, with time to visit in small groups on Zoom. One and all are welcome! Program Schedule During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We will continue to monitor local health advisories regarding group meetings. We of course hope to be able to resume our…

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Morning Zazen & Service

12/24/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Retreat Night (ONLINE)

12/28/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On Retreat Night we offer an opportunity to settle into your meditation practice with three 25-minute periods of zazen, interspersed with walking meditation (called kinhin). Turning the light inward we explore the causes of suffering and what can end it. This invitation is extended to everyone. Our Monday night programs begin with zazen (sitting meditation) followed by a devotional service and dharma talk, group discussion, practice circle or retreat night. There are no membership requirements to participate. We invite donations to…

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Morning Zazen & Service

12/31/2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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January 2021

Practice Circle: “Reflecting on the Year Past, and the Year to Come”

January 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

This evening's practice circle will be led by our head of practice, So-On Jim Hare. The Three Treasures are the foundation of the Practice Circle: (1) the Oneness of Buddha, (2) the Diversity of Dharma, (3) the Harmony of Sangha. The circle itself is a container for being in the present, manifesting just as we are in the truth of the moment. Our Practice Circle Guidelines are adapted from the Zen Center of Los Angeles: When speaking, we practice speaking from integrity and…

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Morning Zazen & Service

January 7 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Practicing Kind Speech: a One-day Sitting

January 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

"Kind speech" means that when you see sentient beings you arouse the mind of compassion and offer words of loving care. - Eihei Dogen With a morning Dharma talk and afternoon discussion, we will explore the Bodhisattva's practice of kind and compassionate speech. Our speaking will be bracketed by periods of sitting meditation. A detailed schedule will be sent to those that sign up. Tanto So On Jim Hare will lead this sitting. •  Register at Eventbrite.com

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

January 11 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:45 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 07/12/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up for Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting…

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey (via Zoom)

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rev. Myo Lahey, Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco and our guiding teacher, will offer the Dharma talk this evening. Myo has previously served as head of practice (Tanto) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is a Dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson. Raised in an observant Roman Catholic home, Myo was drawn to religion and spirituality at an early age and found Zen Buddhism in his teens. He began sitting in 1969 and practiced with many…

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Morning Zazen & Service

January 14 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Program Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all Indirectly.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Facilitated by Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah, our program will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a presentation by 4 sangha members who participated in a 12-week, 6-session study group on White Supremacy, White Privilege, and the Dharma. This study group was developed for…

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Morning Zazen & Service

January 21 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Dharma Talk by So-On Jim Hare

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. Our Monday night programs begin with zazen (sitting meditation) followed by a devotional service and dharma talk, group discussion, practice circle or retreat…

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Morning Zazen & Service

January 28 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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February 2021

Dharma Talk by Sessei Meg Levie

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Guest teacher, Sessei Meg Levie, MA, has been practicing Soto Zen for almost 30 years and has lived in residence at all three centers of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received ordination as a Zen priest in 2003 from Tenshin Reb Anderson and held the position of Shuso (Head Student) in 2007. As a professional coach, she specializes in working with executives who approach their work from a Dharma and practice perspective, and she is very interested in how core…

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Morning Zazen & Service

February 4 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Sitting Where the Clouds Pile Up: Half-day Sitting

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

This half-day sitting will be led by tanto, So-On Jim Hare. There is no fee for this sitting, but you do need to register on Eventbrite.com.  The link and a detailed schedule will be sent to those who register.  There will be an optional early morning sitting beginning at 6 a.m. for those who wish for more meditation.   *To join via computer: Download free Zoom Client for Meetings  and Download SFZC Chants in PDF. *To join by telephone (audio only): Dial…

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

February 8 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:45 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 07/12/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up for Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting…

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Dharma Talk by Shoku Kathy Early

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Guest teacher Shōku Kathy Early came to zen practice in 1994 through classes with Tenshin Reb Anderson at the Yoga Room in Berkeley. She then practiced for several years with Keido Les Kaye at Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, after which she trained at San Francisco Zen Center for 16 years. She was priest ordained by Tenshin Anderson in 2005. Shoku also spent a year and a half in residence at Toshoji International Training Monastery, in Okayama, Japan. Our…

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Morning Zazen & Service

February 11 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Dharma Talk by So-On Jim Hare

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. Our Monday night programs begin with zazen (sitting meditation) followed by a devotional service and dharma talk, group discussion, practice circle or retreat…

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Morning Zazen & Service

February 18 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Taiga Ito

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our guest, Rev. Taiga Ito, trained at Daihonzan Sojiji, one of the head monasteries of Soto Shu (Soto Zen in Japan). In 2016, Taiga Ito became Kokusaifukyoshi (international teacher of Soto Shu). He served as secretary of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center between 2016 and 2018, and has served as its Assistant Director since 2019. Our Monday night programs begin with zazen (sitting meditation) followed by a devotional service and dharma talk, group discussion, practice circle or retreat night.…

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Morning Zazen & Service

February 25 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Book Club

February 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our intention with this book club is to continue our inquiry into the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege and the Dharma. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday, with a book selected by the group. We will rotate facilitators. • ALL ARE WELCOME. Contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com • First Meeting: Thursday, February 25, at 4:30-6:00 p.m. This month's book: Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy by Talia Lavin.    

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March 2021

Dharma Talk by So On Jim Hare

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

  So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016.     During the Covid-19 pandemic, we meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We of course hope to be able to…

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Morning Zazen & Service

March 4 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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One-day Sitting with by Kokyo Henkel (Online)

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rev. Kokyo Henkel will offer a teaching on Buddha Nature with inspiration from the Book of Serenity, Case 93: Luzu's Not Meeting Luzu asked Nanquan, " 'People don't recognize the wish-fulfilling jewel which is intimately obtained from the tathagata-garbha (heart/womb of buddha)'. What is the garbha?"  Nanquan said, "It is that in me which comes and goes with you." Luzu said, "What about that which doesn’t come and go?" Nanquan said, "It's also the garbha." Luzu said, "What is the jewel?"…

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

March 8 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:45 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 07/12/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up for Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting…

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Dharma Talk by Dr. Grace Dammann

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Dr. Grace Dammann, a physician who was honored by the Dalai Lama for her extraordinary work with AIDS patients, was a resident of Green Gulch Farm for many decades. Her life was changed when she experienced a head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge. After 48 days in a coma, Grace miraculously awoke. Once the thrill and euphoria of survival had passed, the hard, painful work of rehabilitation and caregiving began for Grace and her caregivers. Today, Grace runs the…

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Morning Zazen & Service

March 11 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Practice Talk by Sho Kan Clement Spring

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Sho Kan Clement Spring, a long-time member of the sangha, currently serves as Head Doan. He is studying to be priest ordained with Kyosho Valorie Beer. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We of course hope to be able to resume our in-person programs as soon as it is safe to do so. Meeting ID for Monday Evenings is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977 Prior to the meeting, download the free Zoom Client for Meetings (13 MB)  As you Wait for…

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Morning Zazen & Service

March 18 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rev. Myo Lahey, Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco and our guiding teacher, will offer the Dharma talk this evening. Myo has previously served as head of practice (Tanto) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is a Dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson. Raised in an observant Roman Catholic home, Myo was drawn to religion and spirituality at an early age and found Zen Buddhism in his teens. He began sitting in 1969 and practiced with many…

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Morning Zazen & Service

March 25 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Book Club (ONLINE)

March 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 07/22/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our intention with this book club is to continue our inquiry into the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege and the Dharma. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday, with a book selected by the group. We will rotate facilitators.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com    

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Dharma Talk by Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Doralee Grindler Katonah serves as Ino, or head of the meditation hall. She studied in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski in California. She was priest ordained in 2019. The title of her talk is "Life as Pilgrimage."     *To join by computer: Meeting ID for Monday Evenings is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977 Download the free Zoom Client for Meetings (13 MB) As you wait for the host to start the meeting click the Test Computer Audio button to make…

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April 2021

Morning Zazen & Service

April 1 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Half-day Sitting, followed by Jizo Ceremony (online)

April 3 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

This half-day sitting (9 am - noon) will be followed by a Jizo Ceremony to celebrate the arrival of McKinsey Shrader, Joshua and Laura Shrader's soon-to-be-born second daughter. Rev. Doralee Grindler Katonah will offer the dharma talk and lead this special ceremony. Jizo, known as the 'Earth Store' or 'Earth Womb' Bodhisattva, embodies and transmits the qualities of fearlessness, tenderness, and open heartedness - qualities that protect the mother and cradle the child during birth. Everyone is invited to participate by…

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Dharma Talk by So On Jim Hare

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. *To join by computer, Download the free Zoom Client for Meetings (13 MB) Meeting ID for Monday Evenings is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977 As you wait for the host…

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Morning Zazen & Service

April 8 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

April 12 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. REGISTER for this event on Eventbrite.com If you are not already on our mailing list,  sign up for Weekly Emails…

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Mary Mocine

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Reverend Mary Mocine, is abbess of Clear Water Zendo in Vallejo. She was trained at San Francisco and Berkeley Zen Centers, and Tassajara Zen Monastery. She was ordained in 1994 by Sojun Mel Weitsman, former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center and continuing Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Reverend Mocine has also trained with Abbess Zenkei Blanche Hartman and former Abbots Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Tenshin Reb Anderson of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received dharma transmission from Sojun…

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Morning Zazen & Service

April 15 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Dharma Talk by So On Jim Hare

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. *To join by computer: Meeting ID for Monday Evenings: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977 Download the free Zoom Client for Meetings (13 MB) As you wait for the host to…

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Morning Zazen & Service

April 22 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Book Club (ONLINE)

April 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 07/22/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our intention with this book club is to continue our inquiry into the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege and the Dharma. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday, with a book selected by the group. We will rotate facilitators.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com    

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Retreat Night

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On Retreat Night we offer an opportunity to settle into your meditation practice with three 25-minute periods of zazen, interspersed with walking meditation (called kinhin). Turning the light inward we explore the causes of suffering and what can end it. This invitation is extended to everyone. *To join by computer, Meeting ID for Monday Evenings: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977 Prior to the meeting, download the free Zoom Client for Meetings (13 MB) As you wait for the host to start the meeting click the Test Computer Audio button to…

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Morning Zazen & Service

April 29 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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May 2021

One-day Sitting: Riding the (Mind) Donkey

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

This is a day-long meditation retreat with a Dharma talk by practice leader Rev. So On Jim Hare. "Riding the ox" or "riding a donkey" are phrases used in Zen stories to describe our responsive encounter with mind-consciousness during sitting meditation practice and in our daily lives. We will look at a couple of these stories during our day of mostly silent sitting and walking meditation. Some experience with day-long sitting is recommended, but everyone is welcome. A schedule for the…

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

  Rev. Myo Lahey, Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco and our guiding teacher, will offer the Dharma talk this evening. Myo has previously served as head of practice (Tanto) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is a Dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson. Raised in an observant Roman Catholic home, Myo was drawn to religion and spirituality at an early age and found Zen Buddhism in his teens. He began sitting in 1969 and practiced with…

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May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors (livestreamed) This event is offered by Higashi Honganji Temple in Los Angeles to help us address anti-Asian American racism. Download the flyer.

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Morning Zazen & Service

May 6 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

May 10 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:45 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 07/12/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up for Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting…

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Dharma Talk by Ryuko Laura Burgees

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Ryuko Laura Burges, a lay entrusted Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, lectures and leads retreats at different practice centers in Northern California. A teacher of children for 30 years, she trains other teachers to bring mindfulness practice into the elementary classroom. Laura co-founded the Sangha in Recovery program at San Francisco Zen Center. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we meet online using Zoom video conferencing software. We of course hope to be able to resume our in-person programs as…

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Morning Zazen & Service

May 13 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Way-Seeking Mind Talk by Shalama Yahchove

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Shalamah has been practicing with Valley Streams since 2019. She received the Bodhisattva precepts June 19, 2019, from her teacher OSho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, in a Jukai ceremony at the Berkeley Zen Center. Professionally, Shalamah is a licensed California chiropractor and massage provider. She has offered massage during summers at Tassajara, since 2015, while living and practicing there. Each of us has come to Zen practice as a seeker, with a spirit of inquiry, from diverse backgrounds. The idea of…

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Morning Zazen & Service

May 20 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. *To join by computer, Download the free Zoom Client for Meetings (13 MB) Meeting ID for Monday Evenings is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82008151977 As you wait for the host…

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Morning Zazen & Service

May 27 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Book Club (ONLINE)

May 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 07/22/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our intention with this book club is to continue our inquiry into the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege and the Dharma. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday, with a book selected by the group. We will rotate facilitators.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com    

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June 2021

Morning Zazen & Service

June 3 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 06/24/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Please join us for early morning silent meditation each Thursday before Study Group meeting. Contact Rollin Ives at twl4148@gmail.com for Zoom login and program information. Schedule: 5:45-Zoom room opens, 6:00-Zazen, 6:30-Walking Meditation, 6:40-Zazen, 7:10-Service   

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Allowing Emptiness to Fill the Page: a Sitting & Writing Retreat with Beth Jacobs (online)

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

This workshop will be dedicated to writing practices that honor the Buddhist path.  We will practice techniques that illustrate the overlap between mindfulness training and expressive writing. Using material from the Abhidharma, Mahayana sutras and writings of Eihei Dogen, we will demonstrate how personal writing can enrich our study of the dharma and provide a space where teachings can come to life in our creativity. Beth Jacobs is a writer, transmitted lay teacher in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage, and…

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Korin Charlie Pokorny

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rev. Korin Pokorny began Sōtō Zen practice in 1991 at the San Francisco Zen Center and trained as a resident at Tassajara and Green Dragon Temple (Green Gulch Farm) from 1994 to 2006. He received a master’s degree in religious studies at Stanford University in 1994. He was ordained as a Sōtō Zen priest in 1999 by Tenshin Reb Anderson. Together with his wife, Sarah Dojin Emerson, and the founding teacher, Jisho Warner, he serves as one of the head…

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Introduction to Zen Meditation – ONLINE

June 14 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:45 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 07/12/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  For now, we are offering the instruction online, using using Zoom video conferencing software. We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up for Weekly Emails to receive the Zoom Meeting…

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Way-Seeking Mind Talk by Richard Hicks (ONLINE)

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Each of us has come to Zen practice as a seeker, with a spirit of inquiry. We all arrive at Valley Streams Zen Sangha from diverse backgrounds. The idea of our way-seeking mind talks is for members to share how it is they came to practice. Each person tells his or her own story in a unique way that often blends autobiography, spiritual biography, and the practice questions that each of us is engaged with. Our Monday night programs begin…

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Dharma Talk by Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel (online by video)

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, of Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center in Oakland, will lead our meditation and offer the dharma talk. Rev. Zenju is a dharma heir of Buddha and the late Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage through San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC).  Her practice is influenced by Native American and African indigenous traditions. She is an author, poet, teacher, artist, and drum medicine woman. The essence of her teachings come together in her talks and books. The Deepest Peace: Contemplations from a Season…

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Book Club (ONLINE)

June 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 07/22/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our intention with this book club is to continue our inquiry into the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege and the Dharma. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday, with a book selected by the group. We will rotate facilitators.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com    

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Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare (ONLINE)

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

So-On Jim Hare  serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, and was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period. He was priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016.   Our Monday night programs begin with zazen (sitting meditation) followed by a devotional service and dharma talk, group discussion, practice circle or…

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August 2021

Introduction to Zen Meditation (online)

August 9 @ 6:00 pm - 6:40 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

On the second Monday of each month, we offer a 40-minute introduction to Zen practice.  We focus on the art of sitting meditation, with emphasis on posture, breath and mental focus. This is for new meditators and those wishing to refresh their practice of meditative immersion. This class WILL BE HELD ONLINE BECAUSE OF CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES. zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89078415062  Sign up for Weekly Emails to receive current program information.

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Book Club (ONLINE)

August 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 12/23/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our intention with this book club is to continue our inquiry into the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege and the Dharma. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday, with a book selected by the group. We will rotate facilitators.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com

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September 2021

Book Club (ONLINE)

September 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 12/23/2021

ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Our intention with this book club is to continue our inquiry into the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege and the Dharma. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday, with a book selected by the group. We will rotate facilitators.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Contact: Doralee Grindler Katonah at grindkaton@icloud.com or Linda Dekker at zendekker@gmail.com

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October 2021

Annual Sangha Meeting – on ZOOM

October 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

It's a virtual event! Bring your coffee or tea and a pastry and spend a relaxed Sunday morning catching up with Sangha friends, hearing the latest news from VSZS Board members, meeting our two new Board members, adventuring into an ice-breaker game, and sharing ideas! President Doralee will review events of the past year, and Treasurer Larry Smith will present the Sangha’s financial report. We will assemble in our Zoom cubicles and in breakout rooms to more easily talk about what has…

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November 2021

Yogacara: a One-day Virtual Retreat, led by Rev. Ben Connelly

November 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Yogacara: Integrating Personal and Social Healing and Liberation (online retreat) How can we heal ourselves and our communities? How does our personal conduct, wellness, suffering, and trauma, relate to interpersonal and transpersonal systems? How can we give our lives to universal liberation without sacrificing our own well-being? These are the questions at the heart of Yogacara Buddhism, which brings Early Buddhist and Mahayana practice into an integrated approach to joyful, compassionate, altruistic living. This retreat will focus on the practices…

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Rohatsu Sesshin, morning program (online)

November 29 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
ONLINE MEETING CA United States

Morning Rohatsu schedule, Monday - Wednesday. 6:00   Zazen 6:30   Kinhin 6:40   Zazen 7:10   Service Full Rohatsu Sesshin Schedule     Register on Eventbrite.com This traditional week of intensified practice celebrates the enlightenment of our original teacher in India, Shakyamuni Buddha. Rohatsu sesshin is a time for bringing light into the dark time of the year and for celebrating Buddha’s awakening, which is our awakening too. This sesshin is a combination of in-person and online. It will last a full week, but we’ll be sitting…

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