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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.

 

Schedule

 

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: www.thegrailatcornwall.org

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

 

 

Zen at Sing Sing

Feb. 1, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

 

February 7, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Village Zendo’s program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. On the 7th, the Sing Sing group will hold an all-day meditation retreat, and practitioners at the Village Zendo will be sitting in the Zendo in New York. Ryotan Sensei leads the program. He wrote the following reminiscence to mark the event:


In the Fall of 2004, the Village Zendo received a request from inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility for a teacher to come in and lead their Zen group. The group had disbanded in 2000 when they had lost their previous teacher, a priest sent out by Dai Bosatsu monastery in Livingston Manor, New York.

When we arrived at the facility, we discovered a zendo that had been frozen in time. Cushions, mats, musical instruments, and sutra books had been locked away in cabinets and had not been touched or moved for the past five years. When we walked in that day in February 2005, all we had to do was to lay down the mats, set up the altar, dust off the kesu, and strike the gong to begin the first period.

We sat in a room with a view of the Hudson River. Each week the floor was swept and mopped. The altar was a school desk with a couple of books piled up on it. We lay an altar cloth over the books and set a statue of Shakyamuni on top of them. The Catholics lent us a candle with a cross inscribed in its plastic covering. The flowers were artificial flowers that had been crafted by an inmate while waiting on death row.

A few months later Roshi arrived and we had an “Eye-Opening” ceremony at the new temple. We called it “Dharma Lotus Temple”, combining the names of the two prison temples where our members had previously practiced: “Dharma Song”, which was the old Sing Sing sangha of the ’90s, and “Fire Lotus”, the temple at Greenhaven Correctional Facility sponsored by Zen Mountain Monastery.

It is now 10 years since we walked into Sing Sing and unlocked the cabinets. Only one of the original sangha members remains but new aspirants have come and joined their spirit to the flowing stream of practice. Our Village Zendo volunteers have also changed over the years, each leaving their trace in that empty room looking out on the Hudson River.

When I think of their sincere practice and the aspiring men of Dharma Lotus Temple I get a catch in my throat. I pray that our practice may continue to flow with the Hudson that lies beyond these walls.


Ryotan Sensei

Ryotan Sensei

Zendo Closed

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

The zendo is closed all day

Summer Ango 2015

Jan. 19, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Summer Ango 2015
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
July 24th – August 24rd

Schedule for Registration
Registration is open as follows:

April 6: for anyone attending the full retreat, July 24 – August 23

April 15: for Formal Students of the Village Zendo

April 27: for Members of the Village Zendo

May 6: for everyone

While you may of course register at any time, we encourage you to register early as space is limited.

___ Set-Up, July 22-24

___ ALL, July 24 – August 23 (Members $1,550; Non-Members $1,875)

___ Dai Sesshin, July 24 – Aug 2 (Members $850; Non-Members $925)

___ Precepts Study, Aug 4 – 9 (Members $600; Non-Members $650)

___ Precepts Study and Jukai Ceremony, for those taking the Precepts ($900)

___ Zen Arts: The Way of Clay, Aug 12 – 14 (Members $375; Non-Members $445)

___ Zen Poetry, Aug 14 – 16 (Members $350; Non-Members $400)

___ Zen Arts: Both Clay and Writing, Aug 12 – 16 (Members $675; Non-Members $745)

___ Shuso Sesshin, Aug 18 – 23 (Members $675; Non-Members $745)

Registration: 2015 Summer Ango Form.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

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.

Zen and Zazen with Rev. Issho Fujita

Feb. 28, 2014 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

An interesting lecture and workshop will be given by Rev. Issho Fujita, from the Soto Zen organization of Japan. More information coming and going.

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 signup@villagezendo.org 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.

Council

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