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Summer Ango 2014 – Writing Workshop with Sensei Barbara Joshin O’Hara

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

August 15, 2014 4:00 pmtoAugust 17, 2014 1:00 pm

Writing Workshop with Joshin Sensei

at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson
August 15th – 17th

This workshop is an opportunity to participate in a residential retreat with morning and evening zazen and do some writing. In the workshop, we listen to our thoughts, write them down, inquire into the meaning of this or that word, and notice how we are affected. More than creative self- expression, it’s a way to un-know the self, to cast off the shackles of self-definition and surprise ourselves by what surfaces. It is not so much the gift of language that is required as an attitude of attention and curiosity. As such, it can be a very useful tool for writers, but also for anyone interested in tasting aliveness. The schedule is as follows:

Friday 5:30pm – Sunday 1:00pm

Friday Evening
5:30 Informal Dinner
7:00 Zazen
7:40 – 8:30 Writing Workshop
9:30 Lights Out
*** Community Silence **

Saturday
6:00 Wake Up
6:20 Be in Zendo
6:25 Zazen
6:55 Outdoor Kinhin (Walking Meditation)
7:15 Zazen
7:45 Service
8:15 Oryoki Breakfast- Family Style
*** Community Silence Lifted ***

8:35 Breakfast Clean Up
9:00 Rest Practice
9:45 – 10:45 Samu (Work Practice)
11:00 -1:00 Writing Workshop
1:15 Informal Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 Rest/Body Practice
3:15 – 5:15 Writing Workshop
5:30 Oryoki Dinner –Family Style
7:00 Zazen
7:30 Outdoor Kinhin
7:50 Zazen
8: 15 Kinhin
8: 25 Zazen
8:50 Four Vows
*** Community Silence ***

Sunday
6:00 Wake Up
6:20 Be in Zendo
6:25 Zazen
6:55 Outdoor Kinhin (Walking Meditation)
7:15 Zazen
7:45 Service
8:15 Oryoki Breakfast- Family Style

*** Community Silence Lifted***

8:00 Light, informal Breakfast
8:35 Breakfast Clean Up
9:00 Samu (Work Practice)
9:45 Clean Up, prepare for workshop
10:00-12:00 Writing Workshop
12:15 Informal Brunch

Members: $350
Non-Members: $400
(Registration limited to 15 people.)

Both Clay and Writing Workshops Members: $675 Non-Members: $745

Please download the 2014 Summer Ango registration form and submit with your payment.

Detailed information about Summer Ango.

Ango in the City: Study Practice

Jun. 27, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

July 27, 2014
9:30 amto12:00 pm
August 3, 2014
9:30 amto12:00 pm
August 10, 2014
9:30 amto12:00 pm
August 17, 2014
9:30 amto12:00 pm

Text: The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance by Zen Master Dogen.

During the ango retreat period in the city, the Village Zendo will hold council circles on the study text “The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance” by Dogen. Instead of the usual dharma talk format, the leader will use the text as a point of departure and invite council participants to share whatever issues are coming up for them around the topic.

Sunday July 27Giving (Joshin)
Sunday August 3Kind Speech (Jushin)
Sunday August 10Beneficial Action (Joshin)
Sunday August 17Identity Action (Eisho)

Everyone, including newcomers, is welcome to join us for this practice of a Bodhisattva.

As always, Sunday program starts at 9:30am. We will have two periods of zazen followed by council.