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.
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: email@example.com
zazen . oryoki lunch .
8:50 Verse of the Kesa, Kinhin
10:30 Dharma Talk
12:00 Oryoki Lunch
12:45 Clean Up, Silent Rest
3:25 Service (Service: Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
4.40: Hansaku Gyo Cha
5:10 Open sozan
Samu Service/prepare room for Sunday
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 http://www.tricycle.com/pilgrimagechina
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.
Jan. 14, 2012 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off
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 judithclark.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.