Archive for July, 2012

Zendo Closed

Jul. 14, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 26, 2012toSeptember 3, 2012

The Zendo will be closed today

Dharma Talk – Tokuyu

Feb. 2, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 8, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
May 17, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
July 19, 2012
6:35 pmto6:55 pm
September 6, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
November 8, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Jeremy Tokyu Manasia

Tokuyu will give a dharma talk.

Movie: The Vanishing City

Jun. 7, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 7, 2012
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Please join the Village Zendo for “Dharma Flicks” our continuing series of films and discussion presented in the intimate space of Zendo. On Friday September 7th at 7:30 pm:

The Vanishing City

Told through the eyes of city planners, developers, politicians, small business owners, landlords and tenants this documentary exposes and explains the policies and economic philosophy behind New York’s finance dominated economy, the concentration of wealth, and the process that has jeopardized the social fabric and neighborhoods that have always made New York unique.

Filmmakers Jen Senko and Fiora DeRosa will attend for a discussion on this pressing dilemma that deeply effects all residents of New York City.

$10 Suggested donation.

For more information, or if you have an idea for a film you would like to show at the Zendo contact Musho
Find out more about the film and activism on the topic at


Council – Joshin

Feb. 2, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 4, 2012
11:00 am
May 6, 2012
11:00 am
July 1, 2012
11:00 am
September 9, 2012
11:00 am
November 4, 2012
11:00 am
December 2, 2012
11:00 am

Council is the practice of sitting in a circle and speaking and listening from the heart. It is held the first Sunday of the month after zazen.

Path of Practice

Dec. 7, 2011 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

February 5, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm
March 4, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm
April 1, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm
May 6, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm
June 3, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm
September 9, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm
October 7, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm
December 9, 2012
1:30 pmto5:00 pm

Expression of the Way

The Path of Practice Training Program:
The Paramitas, Service and our Daily Lives

This is a ten-­month training program to assist Zen students in deepening their capacity for self-­awareness and for developing the spiritual tools to participate harmoniously and meaningfully in their lives.

A Path of Practice is a way of living mindfully so as to become aware of the habits of mind that keep us mired in the painful, self‐centered loop that engenders suffering. The Paramitas are the spiritual muscles we exercise in overcoming this self-­centeredness. As our awareness grows we can develop the skills to serve not only ourselves but all sentient beings with wisdom and compassion.

Each month we will focus on a different Paramita and by means of inquiry, self-­reflection and discussion, use it as a lens to study ourselves. The Paramitas, literally translated as perfections, are actually traditional Buddhist virtues that represent the process and the fruits of practice. The Mahayana Tradition lists six–generosity, morality, tolerance, energy, meditation, wisdom and the Theravadin tradition lists four more–skillful means, aspiration, spiritual power, and knowledge. We will engage all ten, utilizing them as a guide to self-inquiry and our functioning in the world. The training will include sitting meditation, interpersonal group work, liturgy, reading and reflective writing.

Participation requires a commitment to the following:

  • Daily sitting practice
  • Monthly Interview with VZ teachers
  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Inquiry practice with a Path group member
  • Monthly written reflections
  • Participation in liturgical training during Path sessions and other times

The course will run from Feb 2012 thru Dec 2012 and will be co-taught by Roshi and Sensei Joshin on the first Sunday of the month from 1:30pm to 5pm

Feb 5 – Sensei and Roshi
March 4 – Roshi
April 1 – Sensei
May 6th – Roshi
June 3rd – Sensei
July 1st – No meeting
August 5 – No meeting
Sept 9th – Roshi
Oct 7 –Sensei
Nov 4 – Roshi
Dec 9 – Sensei and Roshi


Robert Aitken: The Practice of Perfection (Will be made available in photocopy format)

Dale Wright, The Six Perfections
Shantideva, A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, translated by Stephen Batchelor

The course is open to any serious practitioner who can make a commitment to study for the year.

The cost is $600 for the year, payable in two portions: the deadline for first payment is January 10; the deadline for the second payment is June 10.

A sliding scale is available for anyone with financial hardship. No one is turned away due to finances.

PDF downloadPath of Practice Application

Dharma Chat — Meditation Tune-Up

Jul. 14, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 11, 2012
6:45 pmto7:45 pm

With Ryotan Sensei

What’s up with your meditation practice? Have there been bumps in the road? Could you use a refresher? During this informal one-hour review we will go over posture and technique, then take your questions.

Dharma Talk – Kaizen

Dec. 5, 2011 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 15, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 29, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
June 17, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 12, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 13, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 11, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Kaizen will give a dharma talk.


Dharma Talk – Chodo

Jan. 17, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 2, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 16, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
October 14, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Chodo will give a dharma talk.

Dharma Chat — The One Who Is Not Busy: Work and Zen Practice

Jul. 14, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 19, 2012
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

With Shinryu Sensei

We will discuss the place of work-practice (samu) in traditional Zen training as well as how to extend our awareness from the meditation seat into the sphere of our ordinary daily work-lives

Dharma Talk – Myoko

Feb. 9, 2010 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 11, 2010
7:50 pmto8:20 pm
May 16, 2010
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 17, 2010
7:50 pmto8:20 pm
July 1, 2010
7:50 pmto8:20 pm
September 9, 2010
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 28, 2010
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
December 16, 2010
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 20, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Myoko will give a dharma talk.