Archive for May, 2013

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

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.

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.


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.

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

Dharma Chat – Home Practice with Myoko Sensei

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

November 13, 2013
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

Maintaining our practice when we leave the zendo can be very difficult. We will look at ways of strengthening and sustaining our home practice, as well as some of the obstacles that arise in this endeavor.

Dharma Talk – Myoko

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

February 21, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
April 4, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
June 6, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 17, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
November 14, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Myoko will give a dharma talk.


Sep. 19, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

November 15, 2013
7:30 amto5:00 pm

Invitation to Become a Formal Student at the Village Zendo

The Village Zendo’s next student initiation (“Tangaryo”) will be held on Friday,November 15, 2013. If you have not yet formally become a student at the Village Zendo, and wish to do so, please read the information at For further information, please e-mail Sensei Randall Ryotan Eiger at

Why Become A Formal Student?

You should become a Formal Student at the Village Zendo if you wish to make an ongoing commitment to Zen training and to enter into a formal teacher/student relationship with Enkyo Roshi and the VZ teaching staff. You do not need to become a Formal Student in order work with Roshi and the VZ teachers. You can do this on an informal basis by becoming a Member of the Village Zendo.

Becoming A Formal Student at The Village Zendo

Since the beginning of Zen in China more than 1,500 years ago, entering formally into training under the guidance of a teacher has been the traditional path for seekers of the Way. In todayʼs world of spiritual marketing and religious quick-fixes, the need for skilled guidance through many years of oneʼs training is as great as ever.


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

Zazenkai with Dharma Talk by Ryotan

Jan. 30, 2013 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

November 16, 2013
8:00 amto5:00 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 .


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 by Ryotan

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   Slow Kinhin

2:55   Zazen

3:25   New Student Entry

3:30   Service (Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)

3:50   Zazen

4:20   Kinhin

4:30   Open Sozan


Four Vows 


Dharma Talk – Soshin

Oct. 10, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

November 17, 2013
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Soshin will give a dharma talk