Archive for December, 2013

Zazenkai with Dharma talk by Joshin

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

March 22, 2014
8:00 amto7:00 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:
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
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 Service (Service: Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:50 Zazen
4:20 Kinhin
4:30 Hansaku Gyo Cha
5:00 Open sozan
Four Vows
Samu Service/prepare room for Sunday
Shuso Entrance rehearsal

Shuso Hossen for Musho Rodney Greenblat

Dec. 14, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 23, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

Shuso Hossen for Musho Rodney Greenblat

Shuso Hossen is a ceremonial rite-of-passage marking a student’s promotion to the rank of Senior. It takes place at the conclusion of the intensive training period of Ango during which the student serves as a model to the sangha or community. The event is both a crucible and an empowerment for the student in that their understanding is tested by the community. As such, it is a participatory and deeply moving experience for all. At shuso hossen, the shuso gives his or her first dharma talk and takes questions from the community in a ceremonial conversation known as dharma dialogue.

Shuso Musho Rodney Greenblat will give his first dharma talk and take questions from the community in a ceremonial conversation known as dharma dialogue.

Ceremony begins at 9:30 am and concludes with celebratory refreshments Please signup on the sheet if you intend to be at ceremony. We need to know how many people to expect. A suggested donation of $20:00 will help defray the cost of refreshments

Fusatsu with Myoko followed by Sangha Tea

Feb. 19, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 27, 2014
6:35 pmto7:20 pm
May 22, 2014
6:35 pmto7:20 pm
September 18, 2014
6:35 pmto7:20 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.

Annual Meeting for Village Zendo Members

Jan. 23, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 29, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm




Our Annual Meeting will provide an update on key areas including finance, practice and membership.

There will be time for your questions, comments and suggestions. Bagel brunch to follow.

Join us!

Just Sitting

Jan. 18, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 22, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 29, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
April 26, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
May 24, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
June 14, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
July 12, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
September 13, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
October 25, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
November 22, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
December 20, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
January 24, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 28, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 21, 2015
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 – Ikai

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

January 26, 2014
11:45 amto12:50 pm
February 27, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
March 30, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 11, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 29, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 17, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 19, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Ikai will give a dharma talk.


The Path of Precepts

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

January 26, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
February 23, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
March 30, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
May 4, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
June 1, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
June 29, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
July 20, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
September 28, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
October 26, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
November 23, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm

The self and things of the world are just as they are.
The gate of emancipation is open ~ Dogen Zenji

The precepts are an expression of our very wholeness. As such, they serve as guidelines for living a joyous life. For ten months we will study them as tools to turn our light inwards, develop compassion for ourselves and deepen our harmony with others. With a practice grounded in zazen, we will use the precepts to observe ourselves in action, inquire into our reactive patterns, and uncover our conditioned beliefs about ourselves, in contrast to what the precepts show to be true. Classes will be interactive and experiential in nature, structured around readings, writing, discussion, dyadic and group work.

Classes, led by Roshi Enkyo and Joshin Sensei, will be held at the Zendo on the following Sunday afternoons, from 1:30 to 4:30.

Tuition: $600, Class size is limited.  Payment is due at time of registration, Contact