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Dharma Talk – Seizan

Apr. 22, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 30, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Seizan will give a dharma talk.


Council – Jushin

Apr. 22, 2015 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

May 3, 2015
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

A Zen Approach to American Sign Language

Mar. 23, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 5, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 pm
April 12, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 pm
April 26, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 pm
May 3, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 pm
May 17, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 pm
May 24, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 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.

The fee for the series is: Members $120; non-members $150


Further info contact Ōshin:

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.

Dharma Talk – KaKu

Jan. 29, 2015 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

February 5, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
May 7, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
KaKu will give a dharma talk.


Concert: Sounds of Zen Poetry

Apr. 13, 2015 - Posted in: Blog, Calendar, Events, VZArts - Comments Off

May 8, 2015
8:00 pmto10:30 pm


Sounds of Zen Poetry will bring the classic words of Tu Fu, Li Po and Kobayashi Issa to new life in an expressive and creative way. Theo Bleckmann, Ben Monder and Aaron Shragge will premier new works that either set translations of the poetry to music or express the essence of the poems. It will be a night of modern music and zen tradition created especially for the Village Zendo.

1st set: Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder duo
2nd set: Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder duo
Poetry by: Tu Fu (712-770,) Li Po (705-762,) Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

Friday,  May 8th, at 8pm.
$16 online tickets click here.
$20 at the door the night of the show.
For more info contact Ryuko

about the musicians:

Aaron Ryuko Shragge & Ben Monder


Eight Years Later by Aaron Shragge …defies expectation and avoids guitar-trumpet duet clichés as it delves deeper into that satori place in your brain.” – Bill Mikowski, Jazz Times 

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder duo is an exploratory meditative collaboration, being described as both “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound…” (The Birmingham Times) as well as “lyrical and heartwarming” (Jazz Times). Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder have been collaborating since 2009. The duo incorporates influences from North Indian Vocals and the music of the Shakuhachi giving the listener a glance into a powerful, interconnected relationship between two musicians as they synthesize new sounds that at once calm and challenge the ear. Their first record The Key Is In The Window (2010) received critical acclaim and has led to performances throughout the NY area including an appearance at Festival of New Trumpet Music in NY and Montreal as well an EP release on Arabesque records: Hollow (2012). Shragge is greatly inspired by North Indian Vocals and the music of the Shakuahchi, which has allowed him to develop a unique sound/compositional style on the Dragon Mouth Trumpet (custom microtonal instrument) as well as the Shakuhachi (Japanes Flute). Monder, a new york area musician for 25 years, has performed with Jack Mcduff,Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler and continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio and in a duo.



Ben Monder & Theo Bleckmann


“…so virtuosic and inventive a pair…the two share a subtle discipline that results in a focused, cohesive whole…Rarely have such individual musicians sounded so single-minded.” - Shaun Brady, Downbeat USA


For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder Duo has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Bleckmann was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air on NPR and received a GRAMMY™ nomination in 2010 for his CD of Ives songs with Kneebody. Monder has developed a compositional and playing style to exploit the full textural potential of the guitar; his playing is influenced as much by classical technique as jazz. Their two duo releases, “At Night” and “No Boat”, and continued collaborations on both Bleckmann’s “Origami” and Monder’s “Excavation”“Oceana” and “Hydra”  have garnered great critical acclaim world-wide.



Guest Dharma Talk: Shinzan Sensei, successor of Joan Halifax

Apr. 27, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 10, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Sensei Shinzan was born in Veracruz, Mexico, He is a zen priest and Dharma Successor of Roshi Joan Halifax. He has been practicing Zen since 1996. In Mexico City, he met Korean Zen Teacher, Ven. Samu Sunim. Shinzan trained in the Buddhist Maitreya Seminar under Samu Sunim as he lived in the Toronto Zen Buddhist Temple for 4 years. He was ordained in 2004 as a Zen Buddhist Priest.

Shinzan arrived at Upaya Zen Center in 2006 and became a resident and student of Roshi Joan Halifax. He lived there and trained for over 8 years. He received the Dharma transmission on Jan 2015.He has taught Zazenkai and Sesshins at Upaya and co-teaches teen retreats in USA.

Shinzan left the residency of Upaya to return to Mexico and start a community spreading the Dharma in Mexico. His vision is to create a Zen Hispanic community and work with teens in the USA and Mexico.

Dharma Talk – Tokuyu

Mar. 23, 2015 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

May 14, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Jeremy Tokyu Manasia

Tokuyu will give a dharma talk.

Forms of Emptiness – Liturgy Practice

Jan. 23, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 20, 2015
5:30 pmto7:30 pm
March 20, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
April 17, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
May 15, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
June 19, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
July 17, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

A Workshop in Village Zendo Liturgy

Zen forms are ways to help support ourselves and each other in seeing our lives as they are moment to moment, and to continually remind us of our conviction to stay awake.

The sounds and movements we see around the Zendo may seem random and incidental, but are always gateways to come back to right now, and also communicate what is happening at specific moments in time.

This workshop will serve as an opportunity to become more familiar with these forms, and also to practice getting good tone out of the various zendo instruments.

Registration not required.



The workshop will be led by Village Zendo Liturgy Master Tokuyu Manasia and is open to anyone who would like to attend. 


Zazenkai with Dharma Talk by Joshin

Jan. 7, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 16, 2015
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

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

Dharma Talk: Jiryu

Apr. 24, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 17, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm


Jiryu will give a dharma talk.