Archive for February, 2012

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.

Dharma talk by KaKu

May. 1, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 3, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
December 6, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
KaKu will give a dharma talk.

ROHATSU: All night sit

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

December 7, 2012 8:30 pmtoDecember 8, 2012 6:30 am

Rohatsu All Night Zazen

Rohatsu is the traditional commemoration of the historical Buddha’s enlightenment. It is a time of gratitude and deep practice. Join Ryotan Sensei and the Village Zendo sangha for a structured night of zazen, kinhin, a late night dharma talk, teacher meetings, and refreshments. Directly engage in this rare opportunity to cultivate your aspiration. Make the utmost endeavor. Accomplish the Great Matter!

Pure gold!
Solid iron!

Starts 8:30 pm Friday December 7th, and continues into the morning, ending at 6:30 am Saturday.

$25 for members
$45 for non-members

To register, or for further information contact Musho

Note: Rohatsu is a demanding night of zazen. If you are not used to sitting zazen for long periods, we urge you to first participate in one of our monthly Zanzenkai all day retreats, or to sit regularly in our daily practice periods.

Dharma Talk – Shuzen Sensei

Nov. 18, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

December 9, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm

 

Jules Shuzen Harris, Sensei is a Zen teacher of the White Plum Asanga, the lineage of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi.

A Dharma heir of Pat Enkyo O’Hara Roshi, Shuzen is one of the first African-American individuals to have received Dharma transmission in the history of Zen Buddhism. He is founder of Soji Zen Center in Pennsylvania and is also an experienced martial artist.

Shuzen Senzei will speak on the topic: Chinese Carpenter or Superhuman?

Sunday Program begins at 9:30 am
Talk begins at 11:45 am

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

Dotokuji
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

Texts:

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

Recommended:
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 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.

Dharma Talk – Roshi

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

April 8, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 13, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 27, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 24, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm
November 15, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
December 16, 2012
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Dharma talk by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara
Enkyo Roshi

Sangha and Seicho Party

Dec. 10, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

December 16, 2012
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

Come to the Village Zendo and celebrate Seicho’s move and new opportunity in California. Eat drink and relax with friends. Sunday 16th 1pm right after Sunday morning service and Roshi’s Dharma Talk.

Judy Seicho Fleischman is a senior student, ordained zen priest, and long standing member of the Village Zendo family. Her energy, creativity and caring have been vital to our community.

For more information or to help with the event contact Myogetsu.

Dharma Talk – Myoko Sensei

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

January 12, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
March 15, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
June 14, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
December 20, 2012
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Myoko Sensei will give a dharma talk.

Zendo closed for packing after morning sit

Nov. 18, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

December 21, 2012

Normal morning sitting, followed by packing for Winter Ango.