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Summer Study Circle with Joshin Sense

Jun. 29, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

For those not attending Dai Sesshin this week, Joshin will provide a Summer Study Circle

Bernie Glassman Zen Peacemaker Vision Tour

May. 2, 2015 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Roshi Bernie Glassman Zen Peacemaker Order Vision Tour 2015

At The Village Zendo with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara



Bernie Glassman is on an international tour of US and European cities to share his vision for the Zen Peacemaker Order.

He will speak about the Three Tenets of the Order: not-knowing, bearing witness, and the loving action coming out of not-knowing and bearing witness. He will discuss the ZPO as world-wide spiritual movement of social action as spiritual practice, bearing witness retreats at places of trauma around the world, forms of practice for individual and collective enlightenment, and how we can live our lives with openness and wonder.

Roshi Enkyo O’Hara will relate his overarching vision to the unique location, community, interests and challenges at the Village Zendo.

The event is open to the public. Q&A will follow.

For contact or visit for details.

Roshi Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peacemakers.

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara serves as Abbot of the Village Zendo. She received priest ordination from Maezumi Roshi and Dharma Transmission and Inka from Bernie Glassman. Roshi is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual and social action association. Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.

Summer Ango 2015 at The Grail

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


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

Whether joining us for a retreat at the Grail or deepening your practice routine in the city, this time is an opportunity for us to strengthen our personal resolve, intensify our daily practice, come together as a community and support each other through all the things that come with retreat.

Schedule and rates

Setup: July 22-24, free of charge. Please arrive by 1 pm on July 22.

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

Dai Sesshin, July 24, 4 pm – Aug 2, 1 pm (Members $975; Non-Members $1050)

Precepts Study, Aug 4, 4 pm – Aug 9, 3 pm (Members $650; Non-Members $700)

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

Zen Arts: The Way of Clay, Aug 11, 4 pm – Aug 14, 2pm (Members $375; Non-Members $425)

Zen Poetry with Enkyo Roshi, Aug 14, 4 pm – Aug 16, 2 pm (Members $400; Non-Members $475)

Zen Arts: Both Clay and Poetry, Aug 11 – 16 (Members $725; Non-Members $825)

Cicada Sesshin, Aug 18, 4 pm – Aug 23, 3 pm (Members $675; Non-Members $750)


Questions? Email

Getting to the Grail

Transportation information for the Grail center in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.


August 7 – Gate of Sweet Nectar and Oban

For the Oban ceremony at the river, we make rice paper lanterns with names of those we wish to remember. Beforehand you will have an oryoki dinner and participate in Kan Ro Mon (Gate of Sweet Nectar) service. Afterwards soba noodles and refreshments will be served.

Plan to arrive at the Grail around 2 pm and stay as late as 10 pm.

August 9 – Jukai

Literally meaning “to receive the precepts”, Jukai is an initiation into the Zen Buddhist Community. This is our community’s annual ceremony where students commit to uphold the precepts and receive rakusus, oryoki bowls, lineage charts and dharma names.

Ceremony begins at 10 am. Please arrive by 9:30 am.

Further Information

A few other details:
  • Please bring dark, loose-fitting clothing that will be comfortable for long periods of meditation.
  • Meals outside of retreat dates (days off, afternoon before a week begins, etc.) are your own responsibility. The nearby town of Cornwall-On-Hudson has many options.
  • The center will provide you with linens and towels, but please bring your own toiletries (including soap), and any other personal items you may require (earplugs, alarm clock, etc.)
  • Coffee and tea will always be provided, but if you have any particular habits, you may want to bring your own instant coffee or tea bags.
  • Yoga may be provided, and there are many roads and trails you may wish to hike or run during breaks in the day, so please bring appropriate clothing if you wish to take part.
  • Zafus, benches and chairs will be provided for meditation, but if you have any specific requirements, you may wish to bring your own cushion or bench.

Summer Ango in the City

The Village Zendo’s city center will remain open for the duration of Ango. Click here for information about our programs in Manhattan in summer 2015. Whether at the Grail or in the city, let us support each other during this intensive period of practice!


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

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.


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 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.