Archive for March, 2013

No Midday Sit

Mar. 9, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 24, 2013
12:00 pmto1:30 pm
November 25, 2013
12:00 pm
April 23, 2014
12:00 pm
November 20, 2014
12:00 pm
December 22, 2014
12:00 pm

No midday sit today.

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.

The Way of the Trumpet

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

April 26, 2013
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

On Friday April 26th at 8pm please join the Village Zendo for The Way of the Trumpet – a duet between actor-author Peter Josyph and our own sangha member and extraordinary trumpet player Ryuko Aaron Shragge.

The performance is based on Josyph’s book The Way of the Trumpet (Boone’s Dock Press, 2012), a novel composed in verses of 17 syllables in the classic haiku format of 5-7-5. The music is improvised on solo trumpet around themes developed by Tim Hagans. Characters include the poet Peter-san, whose troubled eyesight urges him to learn what exactly a trumpet is; Dr. Duck, a Zen analyst who lives in Long Island’s Sunken Meadow State Park; the wealthy Mr. Moto, who loves what he calls “warp jazz” and is addicted to suicide and other guilty pleasures; and the elusive character of Trumpet itself leading the poet toward a kind of enlightenment.

Opening will be The Batteries Duo, trumpet and electronics by Gareth Flowers and Josh Frank. A seamless and fascinating blend of acoustic and electronic music.

Seating for the event is limited – Please buy tickets in advance here for $16 from Brown Paper Tickets. On the night of the show $20. For more information contact Musho.






Peter Josyph works concurrently as an actor-director, an author, a painter, a photographer and a filmmaker. His books include Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy Without Walls; The Way of the Trumpet; Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero; Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy; What One Man Said to Another: Talks with Richard Selzer; and, as editor, Selzer’s Letters to A Best Friend, and The Wounded River, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1993. For 12 years Josyph was artistic director of Victory Rep in New York, where he wrote 50 plays and acted/directed continually. About his portrayal of Henry David Thoreau in An Hour at Walden, the New York Times said: “Peter Josyph gives an extraordinary performance.” For 7 years he was artist-in-residence at the Smithtown Township Arts Council on Long Island, where his work as a painter made him a New Yorker Talk of the Town and a fellow of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He directed the award-winning documentary Liberty Street: Alive at Ground Zero. The Way of the Trumpet is the first of four interrelated haiku novels comprising the Haiku Quartet, which includes London Journal, Stockholm, and Heroin Days.


Aaron Ryuko Shragge (trumpet, shakuhachi, composition) has been greatly inspired from the practice and study of the ancient musical traditions of North India and Japan. Shragge has a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music from New School University and is currently finishing a Master’s in Music therapy at New York University. Aaron Shragge has performed with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Ben Monder, Jon Gibson, The Sam Roberts Band, Akim Funk Buddha, and Medeski Martin and Wood’s Billy Martin at such venues as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Blue Note, CBGB’s and The Tenri Cultural Institute. He has studied improvisation with Kenny Werner, and is currently studying trumpet with Laurie Frink, shakuhachi with Grand Master’s Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, Japanese Master Yodo Kurahashi II and North Indian vocals with Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. His current projects include a duo with Ben Monder, a Jazz sextet that plays the music of Tom Waits and a trio with Daniel Carter and Alexi David.


Tim Hagans is a Grammy-nominated jazz trumpet player and composer. He performs and records with the Tim Hagans Quartet. The Moon Is Waiting, his latest CD (Palmetto Records, 2011), features his quartet performing all original compositions by Hagans. It was heralded by JazzTimes as “scrumptious madness,” by Downbeat as “an artistic success,” and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “free jazz with constant drive and passion.” Hagans is a featured soloist on Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Score starring Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. For 15 years he was artistic director and composer-in-residence for the Norrbotten Big Band, traveling to Sweden to perform, conduct and arrange projects with guest artists such as Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano. Last year Hagans was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Hagans is composer-in-residence with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, which works exclusively with live original music. In January 2012 Hagans’ Outside My Window was performed with the MBDE at Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Joe Lovano, Dexter Gordon, and Thad Jones. Hagans is the subject of the feature documentary Boogaloo Road, directed by Runar Enberg and Marianne Soderberg for Swedish television.



The Batteries Duo is a trumpets and electronics duo of Gareth Flowers and Josh Frank. After being inspired by the work of synthesizer guru and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott, they decided to form a duo that would perform improvisationally with found sounds and samples as a backbone of their music. The Batteries Duo has performed at many venues and festivals in the New York City area including Darmstadt at Issue Project Room, Jazz and More at Bargemusic, and Schizoid Music at Cornelia St. Cafe. They have been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds program, and often perform with guest artists. Recent collaborators include Caleb Burhans and Lisa Bielawa. They recorded a new album with multi-instrumentalist David Nelson this past fall, and with any luck, it will be released this spring.

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

Dharma Talk – Eisho

Mar. 12, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 28, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
October 31, 2013
6:35 pmto7:35 pm

Eisho will give a dharma talk.


The Path of the Ox in Contemporary Terms

Jan. 9, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 24, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
March 31, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
April 28, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
May 19, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
June 30, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
July 21, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
September 22, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
October 27, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
November 24, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
December 15, 2013
1:30 pmto4:30 pm

Ox Herding Pictures



From ancient time, all traditions have set up ‘paths’ of spiritual development.  The Zen Ox-Herding Pictures show the passage from initiation – the search for self - to a maturation of insight and return to ordinary life.

What is it to awaken in a postmodern scientific era?  What are the contours of practice in a time of unprecedented technological, economic, and ecological change?

This ten month class will explore what it means to wake up in a world that more than ever requires our awakening.  We will find out what stories we need to awaken from in order to discover what new stories we may create.

The texts we’ll use are:  David Loy’s The World is Made of Stories (required), the Ten Ox Herding Pictures (supplied) and short, thoughtful supplementary readings from contemporary writers (also supplied).


The monthly classes will include lecture, discussion, exercises and journal writing.


Fee $600.  Class size is limited.


Payment in full is due at time of registration.   Contact