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Dharma Talk – Ōshin shin will give a Dharma talk with ASL interpretation

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

January 15, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
March 5, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Ōshin shin will give a dharma talk in ASL, with voice interpretation.

Dharma Talk – Roshi

Feb. 18, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 8, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Dharma talk by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

Enkyo Roshi

Beginning Instruction: Howard

Dec. 17, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 26, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
February 23, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
March 9, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
March 30, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
April 13, 2015
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 – Soten

Dec. 15, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 8, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
February 19, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
March 12, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Soten will give a dharma talk.

Neil Soten Theise

Zendo Poetry Festival

Feb. 2, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 13, 2015
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

 

Friday March 13th at the Village Zendo 7:30pm

Come to listen.
Come to recite.

There is a rich history from the time of Dogen to the present of the Dharma manifesting itself through poetry. Everyone is welcome to read their work. All forms of performance are equally encouraged.

“Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.” – Maryanne Moore

If you wish to recite, please sign-up in the Zendo, or email Shuka.
A ten dollar donation is suggested, payable at the door. Light refreshments will be available.

Here are some sample poems from our talented Sangha:

 

Barry Denny

Ashram

Near a lake, they eat and shit, geese waddling,

indifferent to those above the mist —

nine Canada geese in formation honking,

proclaiming their arrival,

skidding, sketching parallel lines,

ski tracks on water.

 

Moss, ferns and fungus soften the midday glare

in the woods,

where a deer

perks his ears, without premonition

boots crushing twigs are harbingers of venison

roasting in time.

 

A community of Hassids has settled

several miles away: women in wigs,

men with functional black suits and white socks —

who do not canoe or seek chestnuts by the lake.

Like geese flapping their wings when vision seekers approach,

there are those who yearn to remain apart.

 

Long ago, hermit poets like Han Shan

kept their distance in caves on mountains,

implying hiss of wind and snake

more pleasing than gossip of farmers and scribes.

Never coughing too loud or straying far from the periphery,

I neither lived nor wrote . . . until yesterday.

 

What’s that?

A woodchuck scurrying

beneath darkness dawning.

 

I might have thought it was a hedgehog,

if the wrinkled woman on the dock hadn’t whispered

it never was.

 

Shadows merge

in twilight.

 

Barry Denny

Shaman Song

A dirt brown squirrel cracks the nut

A healer spots the I in me

They’ve cracked the holy foolish code

They’ve found the lock without a key

 

In a Walmart kachina doll

A dust grey dove pecked apart

A plump blind clerk glued whole

A tourist found a breathing heart

 

The organ was old

The organ was sold

Sushi style

Feed for famished souls

 

Nina Mermey Klippel (Shuka)

Here

 
Being
Here

Not going
There

Staying
Breathing
Staying

So complete.

 

Nina Mermey Klippel (Shuka)

Bowing

 

I bow as I enter.

A threshold is acknowledged.
Time and space pause
as the calligrapher’s brush pauses and
lifts for an instant
before entering the line
that it will create.

I bow to the other
acknowledging a connection
yet honoring the space
between us.

I bow to my seat
acknowledging the gravity
of what I am about to enter.

The bow:
a pause for breath
that holds the space
between was and will be,
that defines the moment,
the moment in and out of time
the moment to acknowledge
This. Here. Now.

 

 

Annual Meeting for Village Zendo Members

Feb. 2, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 14, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Annual Meeting

VILLAGE  ZENDO

Annual Meeting

for

Village Zendo Members

Saturday, March 14, 2015

10 am – noon

Our Annual Meeting will provide an update on key areas including finance, practice and membership.

There will be time for your questions, comments and suggestions. Refreshments to follow.

Join us!

Dharma talk – Kokyo

Feb. 18, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 15, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Kokyo will deliver a dharma talk

Beginning Instruction: Joshin

Dec. 17, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 12, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
March 16, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
April 6, 2015
10:00 amto7:05 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

Dec. 15, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 25, 2015
11:30 amto12:15 pm
February 8, 2015
11:30 amto12:15 pm
March 19, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Bokushu will give a talk.

Just Sitting

Jan. 18, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 22, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 29, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
April 26, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
May 24, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
June 14, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
July 12, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
September 13, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
October 25, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
November 22, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
December 20, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
January 24, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
February 28, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 21, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Sitting quietly, doing nothing. Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

Zenrin Kushu, Fifteenth-century China

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just Sitting offers a free and spacious afternoon of meditation, an opportunity for pure practice without anything extra.

The afternoon will be liturgy-free and you may join in or leave at any time during the three-hour period.

Fees: For members, no charge; non-members, suggested donation $10.
No registration required.

For information contact: Howard Thoresen at HowardT457@aol.com