Archive for January, 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
For more information contact Musho
Jennifer’s Website…
Book page on…

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 )

Zazenkai with dharma talk by Eisho

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

May 18, 2013
8:00 amto6:00 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 .

Zazenkai Schedule May 18, 2013

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 Stretching
2:55 Zazen
3:25 Student Entry Ceremony and Service (Service: Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
4:00 Zazen
4:20 Kinhin
4:30 Open Sozan
5:00 Four Vows

Dharma Talk – Fugan

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

January 20, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 19, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
November 24, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Fugan 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




Fusatsu with Myoko followed by Sangha Tea

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

May 23, 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.There will be 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.

Just Sitting

May. 3, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 25, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
June 29, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
July 27, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
September 7, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
October 5, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
November 2, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
January 25, 2014
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 – Ryoshin

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

May 26, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 30, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 25, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 22, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
November 10, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm
December 22, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Ryoshin will give a dharma talk.

Zen at Work: A Monthly Conversation

May. 13, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 26, 2013
1:30 pmto2:30 pm

Please attend The Village Zendo for our first meeting of

Zen at Work – A Monthly Conversation.

Sunday May 26th from 1:30 to 2:30pm

Topic: “NO-SELF PROMOTION” led by Ryoshin

Yes, but what do you do?   Hand in hand with Zen practice, we do our work to nudge the universe toward our aspirations.  Whether in service, social-action, art, or industry, whether at home or in the marketplace, our work serves the Three Treasures.  In Zen at Work, a monthly conversation, we shine the spotlight on work dilemmas and wrestle with them together.  Format is structured council, and topics are generated from the discussions.  Facilitators/leaders rotate according to areas of interest.  We begin with Ryoshin leading No-Self Promotion.

Future topics of interest may include Dealing with Despair, Where is My Boundary?, and Zennies who Give Too Much. Donations to VZ are appreciated.   For further information, contact Yuuka .

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