Archive for December, 2011

Zazenkai – Dharma talk by Ryotan

Dec. 13, 2011 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 21, 2012
8:00 amto5:00 pm
September 22, 2012
8:00 amto5:00 pm
November 10, 2012
8:00 amto5:00 pm

The Village Zendo’s monthly one-day retreat (zazenkai) is a great way to experience a short, intensive meditation retreat right here in the city. People are welcome to come for the entire day or any portion of it, but need to inform the registrar in advance.

Instruction is available for those who are unfamiliar with Zen rituals and procedures. Please make sure to contact the registrar in advance if you need instruction.

Pre-registration required: $25 for members, $50 for non-members.
For more information, please contact Kaizen:
zazen . oryoki lunch . dharma talk by Ryotan

8:15 Zazen
8:50 Verse of the Kesa, Kinhin
9:05 Zazen
9:40 Kinhin
9:50 Zazen
10:20 Kinhin
10:30 Dharma Talk by Roshi
11:05 Kinhin
11:20 Zazen
11:50 Kinhin
12:00 Oryoki Lunch

12:45 Clean Up, Silent Rest

1:30 Zazen
2:00 Kinhin
2:10 Zazen
2:40 Kinhin
2:50 Zazen
3:20 Service (Standing Service: Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)

3:45 Zazen
4:15 Kinhin
4:25 Open Sozan
5:00 Four Vows

Dharma Talk – Sensei Joshin O’Hara

Jan. 11, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 26, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 29, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
August 19, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
September 23, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Sensei Joshin O’Hara will give a dharma talk.
Sensei Barbara Joshin O'Hara

Concert: Trumpets 2

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

September 23, 2012
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Please join the Village Zendo for our acclaimed ongoing concert series of innovative trumpet music!

Villagers and Trumpet 2: FONT at the Village Zendo

Natsuki Tamura and Josh Deutsch Duos
7 pm, Sunday, September 23 –  at the The Village Zendo

$18 Tickets available online
$22 at the door

7 pm – Josh Deutsch, trumpet and Nico Soffiato, guitar
8 pm – Natsuki Tamura, trumpet and David Miller, drums

The Festival of New Trumpet (FONT) is proud to present this second concert in a new collaboration with the Village Zendo, a meditation center in the heart of Manhattan. The Zendo’s intimate and tranquil space is a perfect for the music by Josh Deutsch and Nico Soffiato and a second set by Natsuki Tamura and David Miller that will range from progressive jazz melodicism to free-ranging improvisation. FONT’s mission to show the full range of the instrument’s capabilities, and this concert features two highly individual players working in different lines of inquiry, but with a bold lyricism and facility on the horn in common. This concert was curated by Aaron Shragge, a trumpeter and member of the Zendo, with assistance from Douglas Detrick, a FONT curator.


Japanese trumpeter and composer Natsuki Tamura is internationally recognized for his ability to blend a unique vocabulary of extended techniques with touching jazz lyricism. This unpredictable virtuoso “has some of the stark, melancholy lyricism of Miles, the bristling rage of late 60s Freddie Hubbard and a dollop of the extended techniques,” according to Mark Keresman of Tamura’s seamlessly limitless creativity led François Couture in All Music Guide to declare that “… we can officially say there are two Natsuki Tamuras: The one playing angular jazz-rock or ferocious free improv… and the one writing simple melodies of stunning beauty… How the two of them live in the same body and breathe through the same trumpet might remain a mystery…”

Since 2005, Tamura has focused on the intersection of European folk music and sound abstraction with Gato Libre, a quartet featuring Satoko Fujii on accordion, Tsumura Kazuhiko on guitar, and Koreyasu Norikatsu on bass. The quartet’s poetic, quietly surreal performances have been praised for their “surprisingly soft and lyrical beauty that at times borders on flat-out impressionism,” by Rick Anderson in CD Hotlist for Libraries. Dan McClenaghan in All About Jazz described their fourth CD, Shiro, as “intimate, something true to the simple beauty of the folk tradition. … Tamura’s career has largely been about dissolving musical boundaries. With Gato Libre and Shiro, the trumpeter extends his reach even deeper into the prettiest, most accessible of his endeavors.”

Josh Deutsch is a trumpeter, composer and educator residing in Queens, New York.  A native of Seattle, Josh started as a pianist and composer, before finding an affinity for jazz trumpet in the award-winning jazz bands at Washington Middle School and Garfield High School.   Josh went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in jazz studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase and composer Lee Hyla.  A three-time participant at the Banff International Jazz Workshop, Josh worked closely with such musicians as Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas and Kenny Werner.   In 2006, Josh was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to the University of Oregon, and earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance and Composition in the spring of 2009.

Equally comfortable as a leader and sideman, Josh has performed at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.  Josh has been a leader or co-leader of the groups Four Across, The Poisonous Birds, the Josh Deutsch/Nico Soffiato Duo and the Josh Deutsch Quintet and Septet.  He has performed with such artists as the Duke Ellington Big Band, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Michael Bates’ Outside Sources, The Hipstones and the Nathan Parker Smith Big Band. Josh has performed at some of the top venues in the country, including the Stone and the Jazz Gallery in New York and Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as on Dave Douglas’s Festival of New Trumpet Music in Brooklyn, New York. Josh was a two-time winner of the Reno International Jazz Festival’s Outstanding College Trumpeter award, in 2008 and 2009, as well as Downbeat Magazine’s 2008 Student Music Awards College Jazz Soloist winner.

For more information contact:
Douglas Detrick, FONT
Aaron Shragge, Village Zendo

Dharma Chat — Zen Mind, Student Mind

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

September 25, 2012
6:45 pmto7:45 pm

with Ryotan Sensei & Eisho

What does it mean to become a student at the Village Zendo? How is it different from being a non-student? And how do you formally enter into Zen training at VZ? This brief overview will provide the information you need to decide if becoming a student is right for you.

Fusatsu with Talk by Shinryu, Sangha Tea

Aug. 23, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 27, 2012
6:35 pmto8:00 pm

A Traditional Buddhist Ceremony of Atonement and Purification

Followed by Sangha Tea

Fusatsu is an ancient Buddhist chanting and bowing ceremony of atonement and purification that provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge our deep karmic entanglements. Shinryu will give a talk on one of the Bodhisattva precepts.

5:30pm – 6:00 zazen
6:00 – 6:05 slow kinhin
6:05 – 6:30 zazen
6:30 – 6:35 slow kinhin
6:35 – 7:20 Fusatsu ceremony
Followed by sangha tea which ends around 8

Practitioners are encouraged to attend the periods of zazen preceding Fusatsu.

Sangha Tea is an informal time to meet other sangha members and teachers. Light refreshments are served.

Just Sitting

Jan. 3, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 28, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 25, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 17, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
May 26, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
June 23, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
July 28, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
September 29, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
October 27, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
November 24, 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
January 26, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 23, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 30, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
April 27, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Sitting quietly, doing nothing. Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

Zenrin Kushu, Fifteenth-century China

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just Sitting offers a free and spacious afternoon of meditation, an opportunity for pure practice without anything extra.

The afternoon will be liturgy-free and you may join in or leave at any time during the three-hour period.

Fees: For members, no charge; non-members, suggested donation $10.
No registration required.

For information contact: Howard Thoresen at

Dharma Talk – Soten

Oct. 20, 2010 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

November 21, 2010
11:45 amto12:30 pm
January 30, 2011
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 29, 2011
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 28, 2011
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
February 16, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
June 28, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 30, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Neil Soten Theise will give a dharma talk.

Neil Soten Theise