Archive for January 1st, 2012


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

February 10, 2012
7:30 amto5:00 pm
May 17, 2013
7:30 amto5:00 pm

Invitation to Become a Student at the Village Zendo

The Village Zendo’s next student initiation (“Tangaryo”) will be held on Friday, November 18.  If you have not yet formally become a student at the Village Zendo, and wish to do so, please read the information below. To learn more about becoming a student, please e-mail Sensei Randall Ryotan Eiger at

Student Initiation (“Tangaryo”)
One of the requirements for becoming a Student Member of Village Zendo is “Tangaryo,” or all-day sitting. This custom dates to the earliest days of Zen when those wishing to enter into training would sit for long periods of time in order to demonstrate the sincerity of their aspiration. Tanga is a Japanese term meaning “staying until the morning.” It refers to the overnight stay in a Zen monastery of a wandering monk on pilgrimage. The room set aside for this purpose was known as the tangaryo.

At the Village Zendo we have continued this tradition. After discussing their wish to become a student with Roshi, student candidates devote a day to Tangaryo. The day begins with zazen that continues until mid-afternoon. The zazen is unstructured — no bells ring to mark the end of the period and there is no kinhin. Candidates may take short breaks, if needed, to go to the bathroom or refresh themselves for further sitting.

In the middle of the afternoon, Tangaryo ends and, shortly afterwards, the new students exchange bows and sit down to tea with Roshi who greets them on behalf of the Village Zendo teaching staff. It is customary at this time to present Roshi with a small monetary donation — there is no minimum or maximum amount required. Roshi and Joshin Sensei have asked that, due to the limited space in their apartment, students refrain from giving them gifts.

With the conclusion of this ceremony, student initiation is complete.

Tangaryo Schedule
7:30-12:00  zazen
12:00-1:00  lunch
1:00-3:30  zazen
3:30-4:00 break
4:00-5:00 tea with the teacher

Reading: The Tao of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Apr. 22, 2013 - Posted in: Calendar, Events - Comments Off

May 17, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Please join the Village Zendo on Friday May 17th at 7pm, for a reading and discussion with author and sangha member Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. In her new book “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted,” Keishin explores how The Mary Tyler Moore Show helped make television a forum for social issues and brought feminism to the forefront of pop culture, changing the lives of the groundbreaking women who wrote for the show — and for women across the country.

$10 suggested donation
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Jennifer Armstrong is a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly and the author of Why? Because We Still Like You, a history of the original Mickey Mouse Club. She has provided pop culture commentary for CNN, VH1, Fox News Channel, and ABC, and her writing has been featured in Salon,, Glamour, Budget Travel, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She also co-founded and continues to run, an alternative online women’s magazine. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings, and Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest.

Words about the book:

“Delicious… For any fan of the show or TV history in general, this book is pure pleasure.” (Kirkus (starred review) )

“Fast-paced and charming…Armstrong’s absorbing cultural history offers the first in-depth look at a series that changed television.” (Publishers Weekly )

“This is a wonderful book. It takes us backstage with a keen insight on the writing, directing and casting of one of the best television shows, ever. I didn’t want it to end, any more than I wanted The Mary Tyler Moore Show to end.” (Carol Burnett, author of Carrie and Me )

“I tried to skim this book, but failed miserably, finding I couldn’t put it down. In case you’re wondering how we got from I Love Lucy to Girls, the answer is: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show, stupid!” Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s deft weave of social history and sharp entertainment reporting explains how this revolutionary show made the world safe for Lena Dunham.” (Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls )

“Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted hurt my face. Jennifer Armstrong brought back memories and laughs from one of the best eras in television. She made me stay up all night and by the morning my face hurt from smiling. I forgive her because I enjoyed the book so much.” (Gail Parent, author of Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York )

“Pop-culture gold: a can’t-put-it-down history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the misfit genius women (and men) who made it. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is essential reading if you love The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or TV comedy wizards, or things that are awesome.” (Gavin Edwards, author of ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy )