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Zazenkai with dharma talk by Eisho

Sep. 2, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 20, 2014
8:00 amto5:00 pm

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: registrar@villagezendo.org

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 by Eisho
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 Slow Kinhin
2:55 Zazen
3:25 Service (Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:45 Zazen
4:15 Kinhin
4:25 Open Sozan

People’s Climate March

Aug. 26, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 21, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

From People’s Climate March:

“In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

“With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”

VZ Activities on Climate Change

Saturday, September 20, 8:15 am to 5 pm: Zazenkai. Dharma Talk on Care of the Earth by Eisho.

Sunday, September 21, 9:30 am to 11.15 am

  • One period of zazen (30 minutes)
  • Council on Climate Change led by Soshin.

Then departure for the largest climate march in history!

We will depart the zendo at about 11.30 am.  The plan is to take the C/E train to 50th Street and 8th Avenue, and then walk to West 58th Street, the meeting point for the Buddhist groups and all Faith communities.

 

Our estimated step-off time for the march, from West 58th Street, is 1 pm.

 

Bring any musical instruments you would like, as well as any signs.  (Note that only cardboard or string are allowed to hold signs.)  We will be marching together under a Village Zendo banner.

 

The march is estimated to last 2.5 hours from the time we begin walking, so wear comfortable shoes, travel light, bring whatever food/drink you will want, check the weather forecast.

 

Because of the huge turn-out expected for this march, you should expect very crowded conditions on the streets and on the subways, and stay flexible that things may not go as scheduled.

 

For those who would like to meet at the march:  We will be meeting on West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Note that 8th Avenue will be closed, you will only be able to access this block via 9th Avenue.  On West 58th Street you should look for a vertical “Buddhist” banner to find the Village Zendo; this will be on the north side of 58th Street, close to 8th Avenue.

 

 

Additional info about the march.

Beginning Instruction: Oshin. With ASL interpretation.

Jun. 27, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

July 21, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
September 22, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
October 6, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm

For those new to Zen meditation or who have not practiced meditation in a zendo before.

Formal instruction begins promptly at 6:30pm (arrive at least a few minutes early) and lasts until 7:05.  Recommendations for a comfortable, stable sitting posture are given, as well as guidance on how to begin a meditation practice and do walking meditation. The two sitting periods that follow are an opportunity to deepen practice. The evening concludes with a chanting of the four vows and three bows. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor and experienced students afterward.

Dharma Talk: Reverend Taishun Yoshii

Aug. 1, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 25, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Reverend Taishun Yoshii is a Soto-shu specially dispatched teacher from the Fumonji Temple in Miyazaki Prefecture Japan. His lifelong concern for the environment has deepened as Miyazaki Prefecture was hit hard by the 2011 disaster. Rev. Yoshii has a degree in physical science, and was also an elementary and middle school teacher. His Zen training includes Myokojii Monastery in Fukuoka and Chokokuji Monastery in Tokyo. Recently he has received certification as an instructor of Macrobiotic cooking. We are proud to have this esteemed teacher visiting the Village Zendo from Japan.

“Let us experience other people’s happiness as our own as well as feeling others’ sadness and sorrow as our own. Let us bring forth the mind of compassion and together implement the bodhisattva practice of supporting each other.”

Dharma Talk: David Loy

Aug. 1, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 28, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Why Buddhism and the Modern World Need Each Other

A Talk by David Loy

What is the connection between our personal transformation and the transformation of society?

Buddhism emphasizes the relationship between dukkha (our inability to enjoy life) and anatta (the sense of a separate self is delusive). In modern terms,the sense of self, being an ungrounded and therefore insecure construct, is haunted by a sense of lack. Since we usually do not understand the source of this uncomfortable feeling, we often try to resolve it in ways that just make things worse. Why do we never have enough money, fame, time? Money and fame become a kind of symbolic reality with which we try to fill up our sense of lack. We are obsessed with the future because that is when our lack will be resolved.

This means that obsession with money and fame is more than an individual problem: it reveals where our society is stuck. The “three poisons” (three unwholesome roots of evil) that the Buddha identified have become institutionalized and taken on a life of their own: our economic system institutionalizes greed, racism and militarism institutionalize ill will, and the corporate media institutionalize delusion. And our collective sense of separation from the rest of the biosphere lies at the heart of the ecological crisis.

Any personal awakening we may experience remains incomplete until it is supplemented by a “social awakening” that realizes the importance of responding to these institutionalized causes of widespread suffering.

David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

The Path of Precepts

Dec. 20, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 26, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
February 23, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
March 30, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
May 4, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
June 1, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
June 29, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
July 20, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
September 28, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
October 26, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
November 23, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm

The self and things of the world are just as they are.
The gate of emancipation is open ~ Dogen Zenji

The precepts are an expression of our very wholeness. As such, they serve as guidelines for living a joyous life. For ten months we will study them as tools to turn our light inwards, develop compassion for ourselves and deepen our harmony with others. With a practice grounded in zazen, we will use the precepts to observe ourselves in action, inquire into our reactive patterns, and uncover our conditioned beliefs about ourselves, in contrast to what the precepts show to be true. Classes will be interactive and experiential in nature, structured around readings, writing, discussion, dyadic and group work.

Classes, led by Roshi Enkyo and Joshin Sensei, will be held at the Zendo on the following Sunday afternoons, from 1:30 to 4:30.

Tuition: $600, Class size is limited.  Payment is due at time of registration, Contact signup@villagezendo.org.

Beginning Instruction – Joshin

Feb. 9, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 3, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
April 21, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
June 9, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
September 29, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm

For those new to Zen meditation or who have not practiced meditation in a zendo before.

Formal instruction begins promptly at 6:30pm (arrive at least a few minutes early) and lasts until 7:05.  Recommendations for a comfortable, stable sitting posture are given, as well as guidance on how to begin a meditation practice and do walking meditation. The two sitting periods that follow are an opportunity to deepen practice. The evening concludes with a chanting of the four vows and three bows. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor and experienced students afterward.

Note: “Dharma and Racism” moved to Oct 25

Sep. 8, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

October 4, 2014

The workshop “Dharma and Racism: Healing Self, Healing Other” has been rescheduled from October 4 to October 25th.

Click here for workshop details.

Zendo Closed

Dec. 9, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 20, 2014
February 17, 2014
May 26, 2014
July 4, 2014
August 24, 2014toAugust 31, 2014
September 1, 2014
October 13, 2014
November 27, 2014
December 25, 2014

The Zendo is closed on these federal holidays in 2014:

  • Jan 20
  • Feb 17
  • May 26
  • July 4
  • Sept 1
  • Oct 13
  • Nov 27
  • Dec 25

The Zendo is also closed August 24 through 21st following Summer Ango

Zazenkai with dharma talk by Myoko

Dec. 5, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 18, 2014
8:00 amto7:00 pm
October 18, 2014
8:00 amto7:00 pm

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: registrar@villagezendo.org
zazen . oryoki lunch .

Saturday

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 by Myoko
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 Slow Kinhin
2:55 Zazen
3:25 New Student Entry
3:30 Service (Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:50 Zazen
4:20 Kinhin
4:30 Open Sozan