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Monkey Mind Zen Group was started by Steven Valerio, Jr to help bring the Kwan Um School's particular take on the Dharma to the town where his heart lies.
Steven is an ordained Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He is also strongly influenced by Soto Zen Master Brad Warner, who he has had the opportunity to meet, practice with and study under many times.
Steven has been meditating for 18 years, the last 6 of which have been dedicated to Zen, living and working at Dharma Zen Center in Los Angeles for 3 years. At Dharma Zen Center, he has held the positions of Director and Housemaster and  trained under guiding teacher Paul Park, Ji Do Poep Sa Nim.
Steven has NOT received inka or transmission in any way from any school or teacher and is a lay teacher.

Monkey Mind meets every Saturday at 10am at my home in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. The day consists of chanting and sitting meditation followed by a Dharma Talk and discussion period. Afteward, all are invited out to lunch, in keeping with  Zen Master Seung Sahn's emphasis on "together action".
Please join us for all, or just part of the morning!