Archive for February, 2013

Commemorative service for Myoshin followed by Council

Feb. 6, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 3, 2013
9:30 amto12:30 pm

At 9:30 am on Sunday March 3rd we will have a service commemorating the first anniversary of Sybil Myoshin Taylor’s death. This will be followed by Council.

Council with Jushin

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.

Council – Kokyo

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

March 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

Dharma Talk – KaKu

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

January 17, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
March 7, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
May 2, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
July 18, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 12, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
November 7, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
December 5, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
KaKu will give a dharma talk.


				

Photo Show: Photography is Burning

Jan. 31, 2013 - Posted in: Blog, Events, VZArts - Comments Off

March 9, 2013
11:00 amto6:00 pm

 

On Saturday March 9th 2013, The Village Zendo will be transformed into a one day gallery from 11am until 6pm. From 7:30 to 8:30 there will be a panel discussion with the curator and photographers. (A $10 suggested donation will be encouraged for the panel discussion.)

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Catherine Talese
Elizabeth Felicella
R. Liam Ōshin Jennings
Sean Hemmerle

I have always been fascinated with photography. As a painter I use it as a tool to find paintings; to find the inner landscape outside of myself. When the image is still I can delve deeper into the unconscious layering of time and place, seeing beyond seeing. For me a burning question is what makes photography art? I decided to create this show and ask five wonderful photographers to help me understand more deeply this practice called photography.

Photography, more than painting, is evolving at a rapid pace. Due to the technology of social media and camera equipped smart phones, photographs can be shot, edited, filtered, captioned and sent into a mass public instantly. With millions of people shooting and publishing more pictures that ever, how do we recognize the work of a thoughtful artist? There is something special about the intentions of these artists that cause their pictures to emerge out of this chaotic sea of images. Maybe in the setting of a print hanging in a quiet room, we are given the chance to consider what the photographer is asking us to see, feel, or question. In that way how different is it from painting? Who are photographers these days?
Emma Seiki Tapley 2013

 

 

Catherine Talese has been photographing the slick retail banks that have popped up on every corner in New York. Her pictures have a surprising surreal quality although they are shot without post production editing or in camera manipulation.

 

 

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis is a documentary photographer who shoots transitional housing facilities, the East Village and contemporary zen practice. All the photos come from a desire to meet people in need, connect to their feelings, and confront his own inner discomfort. His work is dignified and moving without being sentimental.

 

Elizabeth Felicella is an architectural photographer who investigates public spaces with a large format camera. The pictures in this show are from her series of the 200 Public Libraries in New York. For her libraries are significant due to the changing climate of information technology, prompting questions of their purpose.

 

 

Sean Hemmerle is a New York based photographer whose work ranges from international conflict zones to deserted industrial towns in the United States. In addition to thematically driven subjects, Hemmerle is drawn to architecture as a formal and symbolic element. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work can be found in many public and private collections.

 

 

R. Liam Ōshin Jennings is a sculptor with a background in ceramics who has come to photography because of its immediacy and portability. His expressive work is concerned with beauty and decay often found in overlooked places. There is a gritty passion to all his works, and a zen perspective to reality as it is.

 

For more information contact Musho.

Panel Discussion: Photography is Burning

Jan. 31, 2013 - Posted in: Events, VZArts - Comments Off

March 9, 2013
7:30 pmto8:30 pm

 

On Saturday March 9th 2013, The Village Zendo will be transformed into a one day gallery from 11am until 6pm. From 7:30 to 8:30 there will be a panel discussion with the curator and photographers. (A $10 suggested donation will be encouraged for the panel discussion.)

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Catherine Talese
Elizabeth Felicella
R. Liam Ōshin Jennings
Sean Hemmerle

I have always been fascinated with photography. As a painter I use it as a tool to find paintings; to find the inner landscape outside of myself. When the image is still I can delve deeper into the unconscious layering of time and place, seeing beyond seeing. For me a burning question is what makes photography art? I decided to create this show and ask five wonderful photographers to help me understand more deeply this practice called photography.

Photography, more than painting, is evolving at a rapid pace. Due to the technology of social media and camera equipped smart phones, photographs can be shot, edited, filtered, captioned and sent into a mass public instantly. With millions of people shooting and publishing more pictures that ever, how do we recognize the work of a thoughtful artist? There is something special about the intentions of these artists that cause their pictures to emerge out of this chaotic sea of images. Maybe in the setting of a print hanging in a quiet room, we are given the chance to consider what the photographer is asking us to see, feel, or question. In that way how different is it from painting? Who are photographers these days?
Emma Seiki Tapley 2013

 

 

Catherine Talese has been photographing the slick retail banks that have popped up on every corner in New York. Her pictures have a surprising surreal quality although they are shot without post production editing or in camera manipulation.

 

 

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis is a documentary photographer who shoots transitional housing facilities, the East Village and contemporary zen practice. All the photos come from a desire to meet people in need, connect to their feelings, and confront his own inner discomfort. His work is dignified and moving without being sentimental.

 

Elizabeth Felicella is an architectural photographer who investigates public spaces with a large format camera. The pictures in this show are from her series of the 200 Public Libraries in New York. For her libraries are significant due to the changing climate of information technology, prompting questions of their purpose.

 

 

Sean Hemmerle is a New York based photographer whose work ranges from international conflict zones to deserted industrial towns in the United States. In addition to thematically driven subjects, Hemmerle is drawn to architecture as a formal and symbolic element. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work can be found in many public and private collections.

 

 

R. Liam Ōshin Jennings is a sculptor with a background in ceramics who has come to photography because of its immediacy and portability. His expressive work is concerned with beauty and decay often found in overlooked places. There is a gritty passion to all his works, and a zen perspective to reality as it is.

 

For more information contact Musho.

Dharma Talk – Sensei Joshin O’Hara

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

March 10, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 23, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
October 20, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
December 8, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm

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

Dharma Chat – Zen Forms: Why?

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

March 13, 2013
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

With Shinryu & Myoko

 

Wondering about why all the form? We will take a look at some of the many forms and protocols the Village Zendo uses – bowing, bells, robes…and explore how like everything else they can either be a means to bind or free ourselves.  

 

Dharma talk – Yugetsu

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

March 14, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 3, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Yugetsu will give a dharma talk

Dharma Talk – Soten

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

January 10, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
March 17, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 30, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Soten will give a dharma talk.

Neil Soten Theise

Urban Sesshin: SENSING ZEN

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

March 20, 2013toMarch 22, 2013

During the three days of sesshin, everyone is encouraged to join in any or all of the happenings. Each day will include a short talk in the morning, a silent sack lunch, and an outing in the afternoon. The morning’s talk connects with the outing. Following the outing will be Council (sharing circle) and zazen.

Let us take the plunge together to discover anew the wonder of that all-embracing lotus “entering the deep mountains of silence and beauty.

Day 1: Seeing and Not-seeing Zen

7:30 Zazen
8:00 Verse of the Kesa, stand and stretch
8:05 Zazen
8:30 Kinhin
8:40 Zazen
9:10 Silent Tea
9:35 Zazen
10:05 Roshi and Shuso: Explanation and Glasses.

Travel to Park as a Group with Special Glasses (Exact location TBD, if raining we will stay at 588 Broadway and make use of Zendo, Halls, Stairs, Elevators)

45 minute travel time.

11:00 Mobility Training: how to lead and guide those that may need leading, etiquette.
Blindfold activities, walking, cane, leading.
12:30 Blindfolded Zazen in the Park
12:50 Blindfolded Slow Guided Kinhin
1:00 Blindfolded Lunch (Aromatic, Textural)
12:45 Blindfolded Zazen (15 Mins)
1:00 Zazen Continued (remove blindfolds ½ way through the period)
1:15 Council on our experience
2:00 Return to Zendo

3:00 Zazen
3:30 Talk from member of the blind community

Following Talk, Instructions for Entering the Next Day.

Day 2: Perceptions: Making Connections

7:30 Zazen
8:00 Verse of the Kesa, stand and stretch
8:05 Zazen
8:30 Kinhin
8:40 Zazen
9:10 Silent tea
9:30 Roshi introduces Film: The Handicap, Their Desire of Love

10:40 Discussion on the film
11:25 Zazen
11:55 Lunch

1:30 Zazen
2:00 Kinhin
2:10 Zazen
2:40 Kodo; the way of scent

4:30 End of the day invite participants who wish to join African Hospice Project in Mid-town from 5:30-7:30pm

Day 3: Hearing with the Whole Self

All Zendo cues for the day will be done visually. Lights flash for bells, etc.

7:30 Zazen
8:00 Verse of the Kesa, stand and stretch
Don earplugs and enter silence.
8:05 Zazen
8:30 Kinhin
8:40 Zazen
9:10 Kinhin
9:20 Silent tea
9:35 Zazen
10:05 Stretching
10:25 Zazen
10:55 Kinhin
11:05 Zazen
11:35 Sack Lunch
12:00 Clean Up
12:15 Deaf community event

2:45 Return to Zendo
3:00 Zazen
3:30 Kinhin
3:45 Speaker from the Deaf community
4:15 Kinhin
4:25 Zazen with Music
5:00 Council

SESSHIN RATES
Daily Fee: Members: $40 Non-Members: $50
Rate for all 3 days: Members: $110 Non-members: $130
Rate for all 3 days plus Zazenkai on 3/23 and Shuso Hossen on 3/24 Members: $135 Non-Members: $180
to register please e-mail: signup@villagezendo.org