Valley Zen Circle
Meditation and Mindfulness - Sanctuary in the Midst of Daily Life
Valley Zen Circle (VZC) is a small group meeting weekly in the home of one of our Dallas members. The evening begins peacefully with silent meditation in the Soto Zen tradition. Our group members come from various faith and meditation traditions; our discussions highlight Buddhist studies and include topics from other traditions. We seek to be inclusive in our membership and our spiritual practice, harmonizing the one and the many.
Beginning in September 2017, we will meet on Wednesday evenings.
The Wednesday evening schedule begins with meditation at 5:30pm and continues with a reading together and discussion of our current book.
Please call 503.623.8600 for information.
See the Schedule of Events here for details.
This Fall we will be reading from The Way of Silence (This link should lead to Amazon's page for the book.) The Way of Silence draws heavily on Buddhist teachings to cultivate the practice of "deep" listening: turning away from noise and distraction, embracing quiet and paying attention. The teaching embraces silent presence and dynamic tranquility. Learning to trust, one learns to practice emptying the mind in order that wisdom, insight and understanding may arise.
Wednesday Evening Schedule
5:15 Quiet setup, greetings
5:20 Entering gong
Silently take a seat
5:30 Zazen - first round
5:50 Posture adjustment
6:00 Zazen - second round
6:25 One Refuge, Service, and Dedication of Merit
6:40 Study and discussion
7:30 Ending dedication
Dharma Interview is an opportunity to speak privately with one of our senior members, an experienced lay teacher in the Soto Zen lineage. You may ask a question or seek a comment about meditation or spiritual practice in everyday life.
Request Dharma Interview by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Jill Washburn, Lay Teacher at Valley Zen, 503 623-8600.