Archive for December, 2013

Zendo Closed Dec 24, 2013 to Jan 4, 2014

Dec. 24, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

December 24, 2013toJanuary 4, 2014

The Village Zendo is closed from Christmas Eve, 2013 through January 4th, 2014.

Year End Meditation Retreat – 2013

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

December 26, 2013toJanuary 1, 2014

December 26, 2013–January 1, 2014

with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and Village Zendo Teachers
at The Garrison Institute

The Village Zendo’s year-end retreat is the perfect place for quiet meditation and deep silence. Our schedule is serious (with plenty of zazen) but also spacious (with unstructured time in the afternoon for rest, outdoor walks or body practice). There are dharma talks every day, and ample opportunity to meet with our teachers. Meals are taken buffet-style. If you have put off doing a residential retreat, or felt intimidated to try one, this is a wonderful retreat to attend. Come and join the Village Zendo sangha as we greet the new year with clear minds and open hearts.

For Questions and Registration, contact

Council – Kokyo

Dec. 15, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 5, 2014
11:00 am
March 2, 2014
11:00 am
April 6, 2014
11:00 am
May 4, 2014
11:00 am
June 1, 2014
11:00 am
July 6, 2014
11:00 am
September 7, 2014
11:00 am
November 2, 2014
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.

9:30am-10:05 zazen
10:05-10:15 kinhin
10:15-10:50 zazen
10:50-11:00 kinhin
11:00-12:30 council

Dharma Talk – Roshi

Dec. 15, 2013 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

January 9, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
January 19, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
February 9, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 9, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
April 20, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 15, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
June 8, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 22, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 13, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
October 26, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
November 16, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Dharma talk by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

Enkyo Roshi

Dharma Talk – Sensei Joshin O’Hara

Dec. 15, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 12, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Sensei Joshin O’Hara will give a dharma talk.
Sensei Barbara Joshin O'Hara

Dharma Talk – Yugetsu

Dec. 15, 2013 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

January 16, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Yugetsu will give a dharma talk

Concert – Villagers and Trumpet 4

Dec. 28, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 17, 2014
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


Please join the Village Zendo for our acclaimed ongoing concert series of innovative trumpet music. Villagers and Trumpet 4: FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music) at the Village Zendo will feature Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble and the Tim Hagans/Jukkis Uotila duo at 8 pm, Friday, January 17 2014 at The Village Zendo.

The program will include DREAM-TRANE and INVITATION, two excerpts from SANCTUARY MOON, in which gongs, Burma bells, wood blocks and snaps combine with trumpet and saxophone to create an environment in which dancers and musicians evoke the emotions conjured by these ancient sounds on modern ears.

In DREAM-TRANE two musicians tell each other their dreams using their instruments and dancers as extensions of their psyche. The work is completely improvised based on a concept by Michele Brangwen and Seth Paynter. INVITATION, which features choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Seth Paynter, invites us to unite poetically within ourselves and with each other.

$16 online tickets click here.
$20 at the door the night of the show.
For more info contact Ryuko (


Music by Tim Hagans
Choreography & Poetry by Michele Brangwen
Performed by Robin Gilbert, dancer
Tim Hagans, trumpet

Music & Choreography Created Spontaneously In the Moment By All performers
Concept by Michele Brangwen & Seth Paynter
Performers by: Lindsey McGill & Michele Brangwen, dancers
Tim Hagans, trumpet
Seth Paynter, opera gongs


Music by Seth Paynter
Choreography by Michele Brangwen
Performed by Lindsey McGill, Robin Gilbert & Michele Brangwen, dancers
Seth Paynter, saxophone
Tim Hagans, wood block & Burma bells

Set II

Tim Hagans – Trumpet Jukkis Uotila – Drums with guest Seth Paynter



The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is a contemporary dance company featuring all new choreography, live original music, and the integration of all its musicians into the imagery, so that dancers and musicians break the boundaries of traditional ensemble interaction. Performance works include original choreography and music as well as improvisation by all performers, creating a spontaneous performance environment where anything can happen. The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is known for innovative format, bold subject matter, and wide range of music spanning from classical to jazz to avant-garde and experimental. Now entering its 15th Season, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is based in New York City and in Houston, Texas.



Tim Hagans is a Grammy-nominated jazz trumpet player and composer. He performs and records with the Tim Hagans Quartet. The Moon Is Waiting, his latest CD (Palmetto Records, 2011), features his quartet performing all original compositions by Hagans. It was heralded by JazzTimes as “scrumptious madness,” by Downbeat as “an artistic success,” and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “free jazz with constant drive and passion.” Hagans is a featured soloist on Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Score starring Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. For 15 years he was artistic director and composer-in-residence for the Norrbotten Big Band, traveling to Sweden to perform, conduct and arrange projects with guest artists such as Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano. Last year Hagans was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Hagans is composer-in-residence with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, which works exclusively with live original music. In January 2012 Hagans’ Outside My Window was performed with the MBDE at Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Joe Lovano, Dexter Gordon, and Thad Jones. Hagans is the subject of the feature documentary Boogaloo Road, directed by Runar Enberg and Marianne Soderberg for Swedish television.

Zazenkai with dharma talk by Myoko

Dec. 5, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 18, 2014
8:00 amto7:00 pm
October 18, 2014
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 Kaku:

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 Myoko
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 Service (Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:45 Zazen
4:15 Kinhin
4:25 Open Sozan

Zendo Closed

Dec. 9, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 20, 2014
February 17, 2014
May 26, 2014
July 4, 2014
August 24, 2014toAugust 31, 2014
September 1, 2014
October 13, 2014
November 27, 2014
December 24, 2014toJanuary 5, 2015

The Zendo is closed on these federal holidays in 2014:

  • Jan 20
  • Feb 17
  • May 26
  • July 4
  • Sept 1
  • Oct 13
  • Nov 27

The Zendo is also closed August 24 through 21st following Summer Ango, and closed December 24, 2014 through January 5, 2015 during our Year-End Retreat.

Fusatsu followed by Sangha Tea with PreceptsTalk by Roshi

Jan. 15, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 23, 2014
6:35 pmto8:00 pm
April 24, 2014
6:35 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.