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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

Photos from Jukai and Shuso Hossen in Bolivia

Aug. 19, 2013 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Our affiliate sangha in La Paz, Bolivia, held a Jukai ceremony on July 21st 2013, and a Shuso Hossen on July 28. Patricia Hannya Jin Lada was shuso. Mike Borisenko photographed the Jukai, Pablo Kōmon Alanes photographed Shuso Hossen and assembled these booklets of photos from the two events.

PDF download  Jukai at the Centro Zan Phajjsi Qollut Jalsu

PDF download  Shuso Hossen at the Centro Zan Phajjsi Qollut Jalsu


Village Zendo Ethics Statement

Jul. 4, 2013 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off


We welcome people of different cultures, colors, abilities, ages, identifications, and beliefs who can practice within the guidelines for meditation and harmonious practice that we have laid out for the Village Zendo.  We appreciate and explore our differences in order to build understanding, harmony, and openness for the whole community.

Student-Teacher Relationship

In Zen, the uniquely intimate nature of student-teacher face-to-face meetings can give rise to questions about confidentiality.  We treat these meetings with a reasonable assumption of privacy, not a strict code of secrecy. A core aspect of our practice is spiritual direction. While there is a right to a reasonable sense of confidentiality regarding what is said in these meetings, Dharma teachers consult with one another and hold confidentialities among themselves rather than alone.

Students are also expected to hold private interview interactions in confidence unless they wish to lodge a complaint. It goes without saying that any perceived slight should be discussed with the teacher in question first. Idle talk about interview is inappropriate and harmful to everyone’s practice.

Whenever a teacher and a student are relating to each other in different capacities or contexts, a dual relationship is created. For example, a teacher who is a psychotherapist may be asked by a student to become a client/patient. Or a student who is an attorney may be asked by a teacher to provide legal services. These and other such situations give rise to a dual relationship. 
We recognize that not all dual relationships are inherently unethical. We are, however, mindful of the complexities and risks in these circumstances, and we recommend caution in such relationships. Should they occur, they should be monitored with extreme professionalism.

Village Zendo teachers acknowledge their shared and individual responsibility to hold the clarity and integrity of the teacher-student relationship. We will seek the counsel of the other teachers as needed.

Power Relations

The Village Zendo is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all those who come to practice.  We seek to maintain a container where all can feel safe to participate fully and authentically in a variety of ways.

Recognizing and valuing the importance of diversity, no individuals or forms of practice are privileged or given special status. This is especially true in regard to those who are ordained, for whom the dangers and pitfalls of power projection can run high. Any seniority is based solely on the maturity of spiritual practice. In fact, the majority of senior practitioners at the Village Zendo are not ordained.

All members of the Village Zendo – especially teachers and senior students – are encouraged to observe a high standard of ethical conduct. We expect them to pay close attention to personal boundaries especially in the areas of sex and money, and to avoid other forms of control over others. We also seek to maintain as much transparency as possible in regard to the structure, operations, finances, and decision-making of the organization.

If anyone experiences or perceives a violation or abuse of power, we strongly encourage him or her to speak up. This is vitally important not only to the individual involved but to the whole community. The procedures for addressing such abuse are those in place for conflict resolution.

Conflict resolution

Conflict is prone to occur in all communities, including spiritual ones. When conflict arises, we attempt to address it skillfully, rather than to avoid or deny it.  We seek to respond to conflict in a way that promotes greater individual and collective self-awareness.

Our procedures for resolving conflict involve the following steps:  1) examination of one’s own role in the situation; 2) when appropriate, direct efforts at communication and reconciliation between the parties involved; 3) when Step #2 is inappropriate or inadequate, recourse to a Village Zendo teacher to seek advice; 4) when Step #3 is inadequate, recourse to the Village Zendo Omsbudsperson who may intervene or facilitate resolution; 5) when Step #4 is inadequate, recourse to the Village Zendo Executive Committee and the Omsbudsperson (with any Executive Committee member recusing herself or himself if involved in the conflict); 6) when Step #5 is inadequate or the case involves formal legal matters, recourse to the Village Zendo Board.

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

Summer Ango 2013 General Information

Feb. 18, 2013 - Posted in: Blog - Comments Off

Summer Ango 2013

at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson
JULY 24th to AUGUST 25th

Please PDF download download the registration form and submit with payment.

Entire Ango
July 26 – August 25
$1,500 (members)/ $1,875 (non-members)

Dai Sesshin
July 26 – August 4
$735 (members)/ $820 (non-members)

Precepts Week
August 6 – August 11
$545 (members)/ $610 (non-members)

Precepts Study and Jukai Ceremony

Zen Study Zen Arts
August 13 – August 16
$375 (members)/ $445 (non-members)
Zen and the Art of Clay with Myoko Terestman Sensei

Beginner’s Mind Sesshin
August 16 – August 18
For those new to practice, this weekend introduces the joys of silence, insight and community in a more easeful schedule.  It is an ideal way to learn about Zen.

Shusho Sesshin
August 20 – August 25
$675 (members)/ $745 (non-members)


Please download Roshi’s Ango letter, the letter from the Shuso, and the commitment form:
Roshi’s Summer Ango Letter
Letter from Shuso
2013 Summer Ango Commitment Form
PDF downloadDotoku(Expressions) – translation by Kazuaki Tanahashi

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.