Author Archive for Hugh McGinness

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

Upcoming Tour: Roshi Enkyo and Andy Ferguson – Zen China

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

Join Roshi Enkyo and author Andy Ferguson on a tour of “Zen China” starting with the DunHuang caves!  The tour starts October 13th and goes through  October 30th.

For details see

Fusatsu followed by Sangha Tea

Jan. 30, 2013 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

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.

Clemency For Judy Clark – The Right Thing To Do

Jan. 14, 2012 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Judith Clark (photo: Nan Goldin)Photo: Nan Goldin

Please join us in supporting Judy Clark’s appeal for clemency.

After serving 30 years in prison, Judy Clark deserves freedom and the opportunity to rejoin society. Behind bars, Judy entered the belly of the whale, as she put it, and through the difficult work of deep atonement and self reflection she found herself; she is no longer the same person who committed the crime all those years ago. Instead, Judy has become a model of wise and compassionate action in the world.

We believe her release will not only benefit Judy herself but society as a whole. Her release will also exemplify the values of rehabilitation, transformation, and forgiveness—characteristics of a just, wise, and compassionate world. In March 2012, after the release of a NY Sunday Times Magazine article written by Tom Robbins, the Village Zendo held an event to raise awareness on her behalf at Judson Memorial Church with over 145 attendees. More than 100 clemency letters were written and we raised about $1000 for her legal fund. Many letters from various sources were generated at that time as well. There was much energy and hope for clemency in the year immediately following the article, which sadly has not occurred. No response yet from the Governor’s office. So we are now in a quieter period of waiting and continuing to plant seeds and generate awareness in whatever ways we can. Recently Judy’s lawyer Sara Bennett published Spirit on the Inside, a book of portraits, photos and stories of just some of the many women Judy affected during her incarceration.

Much of the unfairness of the criminal justice system depends upon those on the outside simply forgetting about and giving up on those incarcerated. It is so important to not let that happen. Go to her website at for much more information, including her writing, and links to the NY Sunday Times article by Tom Robbins and a Guardian article by Eve Ensler. Spirit on the Inside is available digitally or in print.

We encourage everyone to write a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to grant clemency to Judy. If you’ve already done so, it is still critically important to continue spreading the word getting others to write. Unjust sentencing is one of this country’s darkest shames. Judy Clark is one of thousands presently lost in the system. We have provided three model letters for those who would prefer to use one of those. Please send a copy of your letter to Governor Cuomo to Judy’s lawyer at

3 Suggested Model Letters