Archive for January, 2013

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




Dharma Chat – Face to Face: Private Interview with a Teacher with Ryotan Sensei

Sep. 8, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 24, 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.

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.

Zen Poets and the Three Truths, Part II

Aug. 17, 2013 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

September 28, 2013
10:00 amto1:00 pm

With Hoshi Deirdre Eisho Peterson

In this workshop we will be reading the works of two of Japan’s most beloved Zen Poets: Basho and Issa. We’ll be looking primarily at their prose-and-haiku writings, such as Basho’s “Narrow Road to the Interior” and Issa’s “The Spring of My Life.” We will examine how these poets expressed the Three Truths of impermanence, suffering, and interconnection. We will read poems aloud together as well as write some of our own.

Fee:  $30 members, $35 non-members.
Pre-registration is required.
Reserve your place now at .
Or mail your check to Village Zendo at address below
Please bring a notepad and pen to the workshop. For any questions please contact Eisho at

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Midday Zazen Cancelled

Sep. 25, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 30, 2013
12:00 pmto2:00 pm
November 29, 2013
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Midday Zazen is canceled today.