Archive for December, 2012

Fusatsu with Precepts Talk by Roshi followed by Sangha Tea

Dec. 18, 2012 - Posted in: Blog, Calendar, Events - Comments Off

January 24, 2013
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
February 28, 2013
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
March 28, 2013
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
April 25, 2013
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
June 20, 2013
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
September 26, 2013
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
November 21, 2013
5:30 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. Roshi 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.

Movie Night: Making Mistakes

Jan. 8, 2013 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

January 25, 2013
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

On Friday January 25th at 7:30pm The Village Zendo is proud to introduce filmmaker Hiroshi Sunairi and his 2011 documentary Making Mistakes (62 min.) The film is a soul-searching Buddhist tale of letting go and losing oneself among the spectacular landscapes of the “rooftop of the world.”

In the summer of 2010, artist and filmmaker Hiroshi Sunairi traveled to Xining, a city at the edge of the old Tibetan region in Amdo Province, China. He set out to create a documentary on the Yushu earthquake, which caused a massive disaster earlier that year in the town of Gyegu, but decided to travel elsewhere because of severe altitude sickness. The product of this decision is a beautifully filmed account of his attempt to make a documentary, as well as his unintended journey through the Tibetan Plateau.

Hiroshi Sunairi was born in Hiroshima in 1972. He recently completed his second feature-length documentary film, “air,” an account of a road trip to Fukushima, Japan, in August 2011, just months after the nuclear disaster. As an artist, he has presented “Elephant in the Room,” a series of works about public memory, including: “A Night of Elephants,” a sculptural installation using A-bombed trees at Hiroshima City Museum, Japan (2005); “White Elephant” a life-sized ceramic installation at Japan Society, NY (2007); and “Elephant” a sculpture using local trees in “Curse of Bigness” at Queens Museum, NY (2010). Sunairi has exhibited his work internationally and currently teaches in the Art Department at New York University.

Mr. Sunairi will lead a discussion about the film after the screening of this beautiful and fascinating film.
Website about the film:
$10 Suggested donation
For more info contact Musho

Stills from the film:









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

A Marriage Celebration for Enkyo Roshi and Joshin Sensei

Jan. 7, 2013 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

January 27, 2013
9:30 amto12:00 pm


Join us to celebrate Roshi and Joshin’s recent marriage.

The morning will include one period of zazen (9.30 – 10.00am) followed by a dharma talk given by both teachers together (10.00 – 10.40am). Then there will be refreshments, music, poems and toasts. Don’t miss this wonderful morning of practice and celebration!

Joshin and Roshi have requested no material gifts; please make all gifts in their honor to the Village Zendo Scholarship Fund.

Questions? Contact Eisho,

Dharma Chat – The Discipline of Freedom, or is it The Freedom of Discipline: Let’s Explore

Dec. 6, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 30, 2013
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

With Myoko Sensei

In this Dharma Chat we will look at these important aspects of spiritual practice in Zen and our ideas about both.

Dharma Talk – Roshi

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

January 31, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Dharma talk by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara
Enkyo Roshi