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Details for Summer Ango 2015

Mar. 15, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
July 24th – August 23rd


Schedule for Registration 

Registration is open as follows:

April 6: – for anyone attending the full retreat (July 24 – August 23) and for anyone taking Jukai

April 15: for Formal Students of the Village Zendo

April 27: for Members of the Village Zendo

May 6: for everyone

We encourage you to register early as space is limited.




Set-Up, July 22-24


ALL, July 24 – August 23 (Members $1,600; Non-Members $1,950)

Please note that rates for the full retreat apply to those in residence for the retreat in its entirety.

Dai Sesshin, July 24 – Aug 2 (Members $975; Non-Members $1050)

Precepts Study, Aug 4 – 9 (Members $650; Non-Members $700)

Precepts Study and Jukai Ceremony, for those taking the Precepts ($950)

Zen Arts: The Way of Clay, Aug 12 – 14 (Members $375; Non-Members $425)

Zen Poetry with Enkyo Roshi, Aug 14 – 16 (Members $400; Non-Members $475)

Zen Arts: Both Clay and Poetry, Aug 12 – 16 (Members $725; Non-Members $825)

Cicada Sesshin, Aug 18 – 23 (Members $675; Non-Members $750)



Registration: 2015 Summer Ango Registration Form

Information about the Grail retreat house and travel instructions:




Dharma Talk – Eisho

Jan. 7, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Eisho will give a Dharma talk

Dharma Talk – Oshin will give a dharma talk in ASL with voice interpretation

Jan. 7, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Oshin will give a dharma talk in ASL, with voice interpretation.

Roshi’s book, “Most Intimate” available now

Feb. 21, 2014 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

This wonderful book is $18 including tax and shipping.

Contact to place your order.

Dharma Talk – Sensei Rafe Martin

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

Author, storyteller and Zen practitioner Rafe Martin will give a dharma talk titled: “Endless Path: Zen Practice and the Jataka Tales”. For more info on Rafe Martin and his Jataka Tales Workshop click here.


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

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

Summer Ango 2014 – Beginner’s Mind

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

Summer Ango 2014

at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson
JULY 25th to AUGUST 24th

Summer Ango provides the opportunity to get off the fast track, slow down, and breathe. It’s a chance to do an intensive retreat, live in community and study closely with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and the Village Zendo teachers, all in the green surroundings of the Hudson Valley.

Detailed information about Summer Ango.

Summer Ango – 2014 General Information

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

Summer Ango 2014
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
July 25th – August 24th

Please download the 2014 Summer Ango registration form and submit with your payment.
In addition please download the following:
Roshi Ango Letter
Shuso Letter
Commitment Form
Four Methods of a Bodhisattva

To Donate for Scholarships for Summer Ango click here or on the Just Give button on the left sidebar.

Entire Summer Ango
July 25 – August 24
Members: $1550 Non-Members: $1875

Dai Sesshin
July 25 – August 3
Members: $850 Non-Members: $925

Precepts Study Week
August 5 – 10
Members: $600 Non-Members: $650

Precepts Study Week and Jukai
August 5 – 10
(For those taking the Precepts with Enkyo Roshi)

Zen Arts

Zen and the Art of Clay with Sensei Julie Myoko Terestman
August 12 – 15
Members: $375 Non-Members: $445

Writing Workshop with Sensei Barbara Joshin O’Hara
August 15 – 17
Members: $350 Non-Members: $400

Both Clay and Writing Workshops
August 12 – 17
Members: $675 Non-Members: $745

Shuso Sesshin
August 19 – 24
Members: $675, Non-Members: $745

For any questions, please contact


Urban Sesshin

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

During the three days of sesshin, everyone is encouraged to join in any or all of the happenings. Each day will include a short talk in the morning, a silent sack lunch, and an outing in the afternoon. The morning’s talk connects with the outing. Following the outing will be Council (sharing circle) and zazen.



Nov. 6, 2013 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

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 Kinhin
4:00 Zazen
4:30 Kinhin
4.40: Hansaku Gyo Cha
5:10 Open sozan
Four Vows
Samu Service/prepare room for Sunday