Archive for January, 2013

Council – Kokyo

Jan. 17, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 3, 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.

9:30am-10:05 zazen
10:05-10:15 kinhin
10:15-10:50 zazen
10:50-11:00 kinhin
11:00-12:30 council

Nonduality Workshop with Zoran Josipovic

Jan. 29, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 3, 2013
1:30 pmto5:30 pm

Clear Light: Toward Experiencing the Nature of Consciousness

A Workshop with Zoran Josipovic, PhD

588 Broadway, Suite 1108
New York, NY 10012

A recurring theme in Asian contemplative traditions is the teaching about clear light nondual awareness as the nature of mind or consciousness that abides in the background of all our experience. In this half-day retreat we will practice meditations designed to isolate this awareness from the stream of experience, and help us gain certainty about the nature of our mind. We will also explore dimensions of nondual awareness such as emptiness, luminosity,bliss and unity.

Of particular interest is the reflexivity or “self-knowing”aspect of nondual awareness. Philosophical debates within nondual traditions focus on the exact nature of this “self-knowing” and in many ways parallel current scientific debates between the higher-order/global and the first-order/local theories of consciousness (Baars 2007; Block, 2009; Dennett and Cohen, 2011; Lau and Rosenthal, 2011). Part of the afternoon will be devoted to discussing these ideas and looking at some brain imaging data that might shed light on these issues.

Come prepared for deep meditation and fun discussion that will allow us to explore nonduality from both scientific and contemplative perspectives.

Fee – $80

Zoran Josipovic, PhD, is a Research Associate and Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department and Center for Neural Science, New York University. He is a founding director of Nonduality Institute, and the director and principal investigator of the Contemplative Science Lab at NYU.

Nonduality Institute is a non-profit center in New York City dedicated to the practice and scientific study of nondual awakening. We offer a direct method of nondual realization that opens the body, heart and mind to nondual reality. Our scientific research into the neural correlates of nondual realization contributes to the understanding of the nature of consciousness, and the brain’s functioning in optimal states of well being. Visit us at

Dharma Talk – Shinryu

Jan. 17, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 7, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
April 11, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
August 15, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 10, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
May 29, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Sensei Shinryu Thomson will give a dharma talk.

Winter Ango Zazenkai – Dharma talk by Ryotan

Jan. 17, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 9, 2013
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

Zazenkai Schedule

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
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 Slow Kinhin
2:55 Zazen
3:25 Service (Service: Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:50 Kinhin
4:00 Zazen
4:30 Kinhin
4.40: Zazen
5:10 Silent Break
5.30 Zazen
6:00 Kinhin
6:10 Zazen
6.40: Kinhin
6:50 Open Sozan

Four Vows

Dharma Talk – Chodo

Jan. 17, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 10, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
April 14, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Chodo will give a dharma talk.

Dharma Chat – Zen & Work

Jan. 28, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 12, 2013
6:45 pmto7:45 pm

With Ryoshin

Our relationship to our work is an important and sometimes challenging part of our lives. We may spend a significant part of our lives engaged in our work, or may still be searching for work that engages us (or that pays the bills). Ryoshin explores work as practice, and how mindfulness and compassion are as relevant in our work as in other spheres of our lives.

Jukai: Receiving the Buddhist Precepts

Jan. 4, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 13, 2013
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

Roshi Enkyo O’Hara will be leading a discussion on taking Jukai. In the Jukai ceremony, we vow to lead our lives in accord with the precepts. The study of the precepts has no beginning or end,but it is the basis of our practice and our relations with others. This will be a wonderful opportunity for anyone considering taking Jukai this summer to ask questions and to get an in depth introduction into what is involved with taking this important step.

Please contact Myoko Sensei at if you are planning to attend or have any questions.

Bernie Glassman – Talk and Workshop

Dec. 27, 2012 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 15, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
February 16, 2013
10:00 amto4:30 pm

The Village Zendo is honored to present Making Peace: The World as One Body With Bernie Glassman

Friday, February 15th from 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Saturday, February 16th from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, with reception 4.00 – 5.00 pm

With a style that is both touching and humorous, Bernie Glassman gives inspiration to live a life that matters by bearing witness to the wholeness of human experience.

On Friday evening, the program will include discussion of the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Loving Actions.

On Saturday, the program will include talks and group discussions on Living A Life That Matters.

Bernie will share insights from:
• Studying and Teaching Zen for over 55 years
• Leading ‘Bearing Witness” Retreats, both at Auschwitz and on the Streets
• Initiating Social Enterprises and Non-profits
• Clowning in Refugee Camps
• Peace Work in the Middle East

Check out Bernie’s new book “The Dude and the Zen Master,” created in collaboration with actor Jeff Bridges: New York Times Review of Jeff and Bernie’s new bookSee the book on

There will be a reception for workshop attendees with Bernie following the Saturday program, from 4.00 – 5.00 pm.

Space is limited and pre-pay registration will be required.
If you want to go to both events you must buy both tickets separately.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Buy tickets for the FRIDAY EVENING TALK HERE $15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)
Buy tickets for the SATURDAY WORKSHOP HERE $100.00 ($104.49 w/service fee)

Please contact more info contact

Dharma Talk – Roshi

Jan. 17, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 17, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 31, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 12, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 16, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 21, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
September 15, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
September 29, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
December 12, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Dharma talk by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

Enkyo Roshi

Zendo Closed Today

Jan. 5, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 21, 2013
February 18, 2013
May 27, 2013
July 4, 2013
October 14, 2013
November 11, 2013
November 28, 2013

The Zendo is closed on these federal holidays:
1/21 Closed for MLK Day
2/18 closed for President’s Day
5/27 Closed for Memorial Day and for Painting
7/4 Closed for Independence Day
9/2 closed for Labor Day
10/14 Closed for Columbus Day
11/11 Closed for Veterans Day
11/28 Closed for Thanksgiving
12/24 Closed for Christmas Eve – 11/25 closed for Christmas through January 4th