Archive for December, 2012

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.


Council – Joshin

Apr. 16, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 5, 2013
11:00 am
September 8, 2013
11:00 am
November 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.

Nonduality Workshop with Zoren Josipovic

Apr. 1, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 5, 2013
1:30 pmto5:30 pm

Nonduality Institute presents:
Exploring the Heart Essence
a workshop with Zoran Josipovic

True Heart is both the path and the goal of contemplative practice, a secret doorway into the unity of Being that is free from dualities of self vs. other, good vs. bad, and material vs. spiritual. This workshop is an opportunity to explore an effortless yet deep practice involving meditation, movement and dialogue, whose aim is to facilitate genuine contact with oneself and others. New findings from the field of neuroscience will provide contemporary
perspectives to age-old questions.

Fee – $80

Online registration at:

Zoran Josipovic, PhD, is Adjunct Assistant Professor for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, and the Director of the Contemplative Science Lab, Department of Psychology, New York University. In his previous life he worked as a clinical psychotherapist and as a body worker, and taught meditation seminars at Esalen Institute. With his wife Judith lackstone, he is the founding director of Nonduality Institute in New York City and Woodstock, NY. Zoran is a long-term practitioner of meditation in the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Zen and Advaita Vedanta.

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.

Dharma Chat: “Face to Face: Private Interview with a Teacher” with Ryotan

Mar. 20, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 7, 2013
6:45 pmto7:45 pm

Have you ever wondered what goes on in private interview with a Zen teacher? Maybe you’ve
already done interview but don’t feel clear about the process. Sensei Ryotan Eiger goes over the
basics of interview, followed by an opportunity for newcomers to have an interview with him.

Dharma Talk – Seizan

Apr. 16, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 9, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 5, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
November 6, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Seizan will give a dharma talk.


Zen Poets and the Three Truths

Feb. 18, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 11, 2013
10:00 amto1:00 pm

“Flowers Go On Falling”
with Deirdre Eisho Peterson

In this spring workshop we will read and study some of the most beloved Zen poets of China and Japan, including Han Shan, Ikkyu, Basho, and Ryokan. We examine how these poets expressed theThree Truths of impermanence, suffering and non-self, and explore how we ourselves experience these truths. We will read poems aloud and write some of our own.

“The winds have died, but flowers go on falling;
Birds call, but silence penetrates each song.”

$30 members, $35 non-members.

Workshop size is limited; to register contact Please bring a notepad and pen to the workshop; for more information contact Eisho at

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

Work For Dharma 2013

Apr. 30, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 14, 2013

Work For Dharma Day

Dear Members and Friends of the Village Zendo,

This year marks a milestone in the growth of the Village Zendo community. Ten years ago we moved from our quarters on Varick Street to a larger practice space at 588 Broadway, a sign of our expanding commitment to practicing in the city where we live and work.

There have been many transformations since we moved to our place on Broadway. Ten years ago Enkyo Roshi (then Enkyo Sensei) was our only teacher. Today, the Zendo has five fully-accredited teachers and three assistant teachers, with our most recent Dharma Holder, Deirdre Eisho Peterson, receiving empowerment in February.

Meanwhile, sanghas led by Enkyo Roshi’s successors grow and thrive in Philadelphia and Northampton, Massachussetts. And the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, led by VZ Dharma Holders Koshin Paley-Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell, continues to expand, providing compassionate education programs, meditation and direct care to the sick and terminally ill.

The growth of the Village Zendo community in these past ten years has been impressive. But like the growth of any institution, the development of the Village Zendo depends on continued nourishment, support and care, and especially upon the generous financial support of the members and friends of our community.

That’s why we ask you to open your hands and hearts, and respond generously to Work for Dharma Day, the Village Zendo’s spring fundraising appeal. Work for Dharma Day is an opportunity for each of us to nourish the life of the Zendo and the practice of its sangha. To participate in Work for Dharma Day, simply pledge to donate all or a portion of the income you earn on Tuesday, May 14 to the Village Zendo. No amount is too small or too large. We all participate equally. We each pledge ourselves to support an organization that does so much to enrich our lives by providing an oasis of calm and contemplation in the heart of New York City.

For your convenience, you can donate by clicking the button below:

For your convenience, a pledge form and envelope have been enclosed or, if you choose, you can donate online by clicking the button below:

On behalf of the entire Village Zendo teaching staff, we thank you for the generosity that will help nourish and sustain our community now and for many years to come.

Yours in the Dharma,

Randall Ryotan Eiger, Sensei

Sinclair Shinryu Thomson, Sensei

Zen Roots and Rebels – A Talk by Andy Ferguson introduced by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

Apr. 18, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 15, 2013
7:15 pmto9:00 pm

Early Zen, introduced to the world by great teachers who operated outside of China’s religious establishment, had immense religious and social significance. Refusing support from China’s emperors, Zen radically departed from traditional Buddhism by supporting itself through self-reliance and farming. Early Zen rejected the metaphysics and theories of imperial Buddhism, instead emphasizing meditation and directly perceiving the nature of the mind.Although evidence about Bodhidharma and his immediate disciples is fragmented, there are strong indications that his was a rebel’s Zen.

Augmenting his talk with slides of their ancient dharma seats, Andy Ferguson will provide the most complete picture to date of the rise of the early Zen masters, the expounders of a movement that had inestimable impact on eastern culture and history, as well of millions of Zen practitioners through the ages.

Andy’s talk will serve as an introduction to the planned Tricycle China tour: Heart of the Chan (Zen) Buddhist Tradition scheduled for the fall of 2013 which will be co-led by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara and Andy Ferguson.

Andy Ferguson, a member of the San Francisco Zen Center, Andrew Ferguson is a writer and translator who lives in Petaluma, California. He is the author of Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Masters and their Teachings and Tracking Bodhidharma.

Dharma Talk – Oshin

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

May 16, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
June 13, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
July 11, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 19, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 24, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 2, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Oshin will give a dharma talk.