Author Archive for Hugh McGinness


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

Winter Ango 2012

Jan. 13, 2012 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Ango means “peaceful dwelling.” It is a time when the sangha comes together for a period of intensified practice and commitment.

The Village Zendo’s winter ango began on December 26th and will continue through March 25th. Please join us in zazen, study and joyful attention to our day-to-day life.

Here is what you’ll need to enter our winter ango:

Should you have any questions, please contact Soshin at Thank you for your practice.

Roshi’s book, “Ten Talks on the Heart Sutra” available now

Jan. 11, 2012 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

This wonderful book is $18 including tax and shipping.

Contact to place your order.

Village Zendo Shop

Dec. 8, 2010 - Posted in: Store - Comments Off

We have 3 exciting items in the shop from our Citta connection

This is one of the health organizations Roshi visited on a recent pilgrimage.

Come see our new Prajnaparamita T-shirts designed by Michael Daube, artist and founder director of Citta. Created by Michael, the image on the front of T’s is a manifestation of the sound vibrations of the spoken word Prajnaparamita. Offered in black on white and 2 other color combinations – turquoise on green and magenta on tangerine.

New to the shop are notebooks done by the Limi Valley kids. On the cover is a handprint of each student with their name. Inside find a drawing done by that student in response to six questions asked by Roshi: How big is the sky? Where does the sun go during the night? Where does the moon go during the day? Who are you? What do you like to do? How many stars are in the sky? Opposite the drawing is a beautiful photo of the student taken by Michael Daube. The cost is $40 and all proceeds will go directly to the Limi Valley Educational Fund.

For cooler weather we also have hand knit pashmina hats in some great new colors and a heavier winter weight. These are made at a women’s center in Nepal which is one of Citta’s highly effective international aid projects. The center is a place where the women can come and learn skills to provide for their families and keep their cultural traditions alive.  See picture below:

Click here to check out our exciting new education project with Citta in the Limi Valley Nepal

Click here to see student pictures and profile from the Citta school

Women’s center in NepalNepal landscape