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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

Ryoshin will give a dharma talk.

Beginning Instruction – Howard

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

February 10, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
March 10, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
March 31, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
April 14, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
April 28, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
May 19, 2014
6:30 pmto7:30 pm

Howard will offer beginning instruction tonight.

Dharma Talk – Oshin will give a dharma talk in ASL with voice interpretation

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

February 6, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
April 17, 2014
5:05 pm

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

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:
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

Dharma Talk – Roshi

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

January 9, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
January 19, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
February 9, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 9, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
April 20, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Dharma talk by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

Enkyo Roshi

Beginning Instruction – Joshin

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

March 3, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
April 21, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
May 12, 2014
6:30 pmto7:30 pm

Joshin will offer beginning instruction this evening

No Midday Sit

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

April 24, 2013
12:00 pmto1:30 pm
November 25, 2013
12:00 pm
April 23, 2014
12:00 pm

No midday sit today.

Guidelines For StudyingThe Way – Dogen’s GakudoYojin-Shu

Apr. 11, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 23, 2014
7:15 pmto8:30 pm
May 14, 2014
7:15 pmto8:30 pm
June 4, 2014
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

A 3 Part Series

Led by Shinryu Sensei and Myoko Sensei

Join Myoko Sensei and Shinryu Sensei in investigating Dogen’s fundamental text as it relates to our own study and practice of the Way. We will look at how these profound guidelines are as relevant and inspiring as ever for deepening our personal experience of Zen.

April 23: Seeing Into Impermanence

“You should arouse the thought of enlightenment.” At the very beginning, Dogen gives us this advice as being essential for true practice. What might this mean? Why is this so important? How do we get in the way of the very thing we are looking for?

May 14: Harmonizing Activity and Stillness

Dogen tells us again and again that practice and enlightenment are not two. Finding some freedom and ease in the midst of our busy, delusion-filled lives is what brings many of us to Zen. Sitting meditation offers the medicine of trusting ourselves as the Buddha way and severing the root of thinking.

June 4: Beyond Enlightenment

What a surprising prospect – an infinite practice of shedding and letting go rather than acquiring and gain. Dogen tells us that to follow Buddha completely means you do not have your old views, to hit the mark completely means you have no new nest in which to settle. Is it possible for us to do this, and what prevents us from doing so?

No registration required. Suggested donation: $10

Fusatsu followed by Sangha Tea with PreceptsTalk by Roshi

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

January 23, 2014
6:35 pmto8:00 pm
April 24, 2014
6:35 pmto8:00 pm

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.

VZarts Presents: An Evening of Duos

Mar. 20, 2014 - Posted in: Blog, Calendar, Events - Comments Off

April 25, 2014
8:00 pmto11:00 pm


an evening of  duo’s with:

Aaron Ryuko Shragge & Ben Monder

 “…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 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 and 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 uniques 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 project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. “…the sounds created by these two world-class musicians takes the listener to varying celestial moments of clarity and depth that one would not expect. Shragge and Monder manage to paint musical imagery that transcends genre and style…” – Marcos Rios, Guitar International.


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.

Friday, April 25th at 8pm.
$16 online tickets click here.
$20 at the door the night of the show.
For more info contact Ryuko (