Hello everyone! After our first hiatus after just over three years in existence, Valley Dragon Zen Sangha is returning, with a couple of changes and exciting announcements.
First, our weekly sitting will change to 7pm each Sunday evening beginning June 18, 2017 (rather than as formerly on Mondays at 6:30). 7:00 pm zazen instruction (all are encouraged to come as often as you like) will be followed by 35 minutes of zazen starting at 7:15, then a brief chant. Dharma presentation and discussion will follow for about 30 minutes. Our next study text will be Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry by Taigen Dan Leighton. We will be studying sections of the text for the next few months. Reading ahead is not necessary, but pages will be posted and announced ahead of time.
Next, I am pleased to announce that Taigen Leighton himself will be returning to VDZS for the fourth time this coming July, 2017. He will lead an afternoon program Saturday, July 15:
Zen Practices for Difficult Times: Taigen will survey the Ten Bodhisattva Paramitas (practices) of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition – including practices like generosity, patience, energy, skillful means, and commitment – which support us in responding to current social crises.
He will follow up with a talk Sunday evening, July 17 after 7 pm zazen, “Bodhisattva Values and Social Action.”