Archive for September, 2012

Dharma Talk – Seizan

Sep. 24, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

October 4, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Seizan Will give a dharma talk

Council – Jushin

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

February 5, 2012
11:00 am
April 1, 2012
11:00 am
August 5, 2012
11:00 am
October 7, 2012
11:00 am
June 2, 2013
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

Zendo Closed

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

January 2, 2012
January 16, 2012
February 20, 2012
May 28, 2012
July 4, 2012
October 8, 2012
November 12, 2012
November 22, 2012
December 25, 2012

The zendo has adopted a policy that we will be closed on all federal holidays.

Dharma Chat — Face to Face: Private Interview with a Teacher

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

October 9, 2012
6:45 pmto7:45 pm

with Ryotan Sensei

Have you ever wondered what goes on in private interview with a Zen teacher? Maybe you’ve already done interview but don’t feel clear about the process. Sensei Ryotan Eiger goes over the basics of interview, followed by an opportunity for newcomers to have an interview with him.

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.


The Seamless Altar – CANCELED

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

October 13, 2012
October 27, 2012

This event has been canceled.


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 Talk – Eisho

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

March 1, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
July 26, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
August 9, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 18, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
December 13, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Eisho will give a dharma talk.

Zazenkai with dharma talk by Joshin

Feb. 4, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

June 9, 2012
8:15 amto5:00 pm
October 20, 2012
8:15 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 Roshi

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