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Council – Kokyo

Dec. 15, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 5, 2014
11:00 am
March 2, 2014
11:00 am
April 6, 2014
11:00 am
May 4, 2014
11:00 am
June 1, 2014
11:00 am
July 6, 2014
11:00 am
September 7, 2014
11:00 am
November 2, 2014
11:00 am

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

Beginning Instruction: Joshin

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

July 14, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
August 4, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
November 3, 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 – Seizan

Apr. 16, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 9, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
September 5, 2013
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
November 6, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Seizan will give a dharma talk.

 

A Zen Approach to American Sign Language – A new series

Oct. 3, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

October 17, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
November 7, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
November 21, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
December 5, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
December 19, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm


Five Friday Evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

With R. Liam Ōshin Jennings

“Signs are to eyes as words are to ears” – Ken Glickman, Deaf Proverbs

Classes will include:
– a brief period of meditation
– “immersive” and interactive instruction in conversational “American Sign Language”
– An exploration of embodied communication and expression.
– Learning and expressing chants together in Sign Language.

Classes are consecutive. Please plan to attend the entire series.

Fee: $50 for all five classes.
Register at signup@villagezendo.org

Further info contact Ōshin: oshinjennings@gmail.com


R. Liam Ōshin Jennings is a Zen Buddhist priest at the Village Zendo. Ōshin is Deaf, he is also a former college professor of American Sign Language. He currently works with the Deaf community as a Deaf interpreter and advocate as well as a practicing psychotherapist. Ōshin works with institutions to make them more accessible to Buddhist practitioners with differences and disabilities.

Zen Poetry: True Expressions Through Reading and Writing

Oct. 10, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

November 8, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm

In this day-long workshop, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara will lead the group in appreciating and responding to poetry with Zen themes, from ancient times to right now.

Fee: Members $75, non-members $100.

Please register in advance: signup@villagezendo.org

Dharma Talk – Ryoshin

Jan. 13, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 23, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 6, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
April 13, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 15, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 20, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
October 12, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
November 9, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Ryoshin will give a dharma talk.

 

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
November 10, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
December 15, 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: Bokushu

Oct. 12, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

November 13, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Bokushu will give a talk.

Tangaryo

Feb. 10, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 16, 2014
7:30 amto5:00 pm
November 14, 2014
7:30 amto5:00 pm

Invitation to Become a Formal Student at the Village Zendo

The Village Zendo’s next student initiation (“Tangaryo”) will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014. If you have not yet formally become a student at the Village Zendo, and wish to do so, please read the information at villagezendo.org/membership. For further information, please e-mail Sensei Randall Ryotan Eiger at membership@villagezendo.org.

Why Become A Formal Student?

You should become a Formal Student at the Village Zendo if you wish to make an ongoing commitment to Zen training and to enter into a formal teacher/student relationship with Enkyo Roshi and the VZ teaching staff. You do not need to become a Formal Student in order work with Roshi and the VZ teachers. You can do this on an informal basis by becoming a Member of the Village Zendo.

Becoming A Formal Student at The Village Zendo

Since the beginning of Zen in China more than 1,500 years ago, entering formally into training under the guidance of a teacher has been the traditional path for seekers of the Way. In todayʼs world of spiritual marketing and religious quick-fixes, the need for skilled guidance through many years of oneʼs training is as great as ever.

Tangaryo

One of the requirements for becoming a Student Member of Village Zendo is “Tangaryo,” or all-day sitting. This custom dates to the earliest days of Zen when those wishing to enter into training would sit for long periods of time in order to demonstrate the sincerity of their aspiration. Tanga is a Japanese term meaning “staying until the morning.” It refers to the overnight stay in a Zen monastery of a wandering monk on pilgrimage. The room set aside for this purpose was known as the tangaryo.

At the Village Zendo we have continued this tradition. After discussing their wish to become a student with Roshi, student candidates devote a day to Tangaryo. The day begins with zazen that continues until mid-afternoon. The zazen is unstructured—no bells ring to mark the end of the period and there is no kinhin. Candidates may take short breaks, if needed, to go to the bathroom or refresh themselves for further sitting. In the middle of the afternoon, Tangaryo ends and, shortly afterwards, the new students exchange bows and sit down to tea with Roshi who greets them on behalf of the Village Zendo teaching staff.

It is customary at this time to present Roshi with a small monetary donation. There is no minimum or maximum amount required. Roshi and Joshin Sensei have asked that, due to the limited space in their apartment, students refrain from giving them gifts.  With the conclusion of this ceremony, student initiation is complete.

Tangaryo Schedule

7:30-12:00 zazen

12:00-1:00 lunch

1:00-3:30 zazen

3:30-4:00 break

4:00-5:00 tea with the teacher

 

Zazenkai with Dharma talk by Shinryu

Jan. 30, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 19, 2014
8:00 amto5:00 pm
November 15, 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
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 by Shinryu
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
4:30 Open Sozan