Archive for December, 2013

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

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 signup@villagezendo.org.

Beginning Instruction – Ikai

Feb. 9, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 17, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
March 24, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
May 5, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
June 2, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
June 16, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Ikai will offer beginning instruction this evening.

Guidelines For Studying The Way – Dogen’s Gakudo Yojin-Shu

Apr. 11, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 23, 2014
7:15 pmto8:30 pm
May 14, 2014
7:15 pmto8:30 pm
June 4, 2014
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

A 3 Part Series

Led by Shinryu Sensei and Myoko Sensei

Join Myoko Sensei and Shinryu Sensei in investigating Dogen’s fundamental text as it relates to our own study and practice of the Way. We will look at how these profound guidelines are as relevant and inspiring as ever for deepening our personal experience of Zen.

April 23: Seeing Into Impermanence

“You should arouse the thought of enlightenment.” At the very beginning, Dogen gives us this advice as being essential for true practice. What might this mean? Why is this so important? How do we get in the way of the very thing we are looking for?

May 14: Harmonizing Activity and Stillness

Dogen tells us again and again that practice and enlightenment are not two. Finding some freedom and ease in the midst of our busy, delusion-filled lives is what brings many of us to Zen. Sitting meditation offers the medicine of trusting ourselves as the Buddha way and severing the root of thinking.

June 4: Beyond Enlightenment

What a surprising prospect – an infinite practice of shedding and letting go rather than acquiring and gain. Dogen tells us that to follow Buddha completely means you do not have your old views, to hit the mark completely means you have no new nest in which to settle. Is it possible for us to do this, and what prevents us from doing so?

No registration required. Suggested donation: $10

Please download Dogen’s Guidelines for Studying The Way

Please download Hakuin on Bodhichitta

Dharma Talk – Tokuyu

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

January 30, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
May 1, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
June 5, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 9, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Jeremy Tokyu Manasia

Tokuyu will give a dharma talk.

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

Beginning Instruction – Joshin

Feb. 9, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 3, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
April 21, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
June 9, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
September 29, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm

For those new to Zen meditation or who have not practiced meditation in a zendo before.

Formal instruction begins promptly at 6:30pm (arrive at least a few minutes early) and lasts until 7:05.  Recommendations for a comfortable, stable sitting posture are given, as well as guidance on how to begin a meditation practice and do walking meditation. The two sitting periods that follow are an opportunity to deepen practice. The evening concludes with a chanting of the four vows and three bows. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor and experienced students afterward.

Dharma Talk – Musho

Apr. 7, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 27, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 12, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
July 31, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
August 21, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 16, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Musho will give a Dharma talk at 6:35pm. Please join us for two fine periods of meditation before the talk, starting at 5:30 pm.

 

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

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 HowardT457@aol.com

Dharma Talk – Ryoshin

Jan. 13, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 23, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 6, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
April 13, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 15, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 20, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
October 12, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
November 9, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Ryoshin will give a dharma talk.