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Zazenkai with Dharma Talk by Myoko

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

January 17, 2015
8:00 amto8:00 pm
September 19, 2015
6:00 pmto8:00 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 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 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)
3:50 Kinhin
4:00 Zazen
4:30 Kinhin
4:40 Zazen
5:10 Silent Break

5:30 Zazen
6:00 Kinhin
6:10 Zazen
6:40 Kinhin
6:50 Open Sozan

Workshop: Lifelines to Solitary

Aug. 26, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 20, 2015
1:30 pmto4:00 pm

Please join the Village Zendo Sangha along with Jean Casella, co-director of Solitary Watch
and Five Mualimm-ak, director of the Incarcerated Nation Campaign and survivor of solitary confinement, for a workshop on writing letters to solitary confinement inmates.

Imagine being in solitary confinement – living alone and unseen in a 6’ x 9’ concrete box, virtually no contact with other humans, no view of sky, grass or any living thing for days, weeks, year after year… “a second-by-second attack on your soul…”

Letters from outside are a lifeline to prisoners in solitary – but how to begin?  This fall, a VZ letter writing group is being formed.  To get started, we are offering a workshop led by the co-director of Solitary Watch, Jean Casella, and her associate, Five Mualimm-ak, who spent 5 years in solitary and now helps others coming home from prison.

They will begin with a presentation about solitary confinement, followed by a Q&A.  Those who wish to write letters will sign up and be given contact information for a particular prisoner.  We will then write our first letters, and have an opportunity to discuss them with Jean and Five and other workshop members. Guidelines from Solitary Watch will be provided, along with other informational materials.

$15 suggested donation will be given to Solitary Watch

Coordinator of the project is Shuka Klippel.  For more information, contact her at: ninak223@aol.com.

Solitary Watch was founded in 2009  by journalists James Ridgeway and Jean Casella. Their website is rich in information and resources: solitarywatch.com

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
May 18, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
June 1, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
June 15, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
June 29, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
July 27, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
August 10, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
September 21, 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.

Fusatsu with Precepts talk by Roshi followed by Sangha Tea

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

January 22, 2015
5:30 pm
September 24, 2015
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
October 22, 2015
5:30 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.

 

Action: Candles For Clemency

Aug. 27, 2015 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

September 26, 2015
4:00 pmto8:00 pm

Please join the Village Zendo Sangha as we participate in the second annual “Candles for Clemency” silent vigil in front of Governor Cuomo’s house in Mount Kisco. As a co-sponsor of the event along with many other organizations of conscience, we are urging the Governor to exercise his constitutional authority to offer clemency, which is a fundamental requirement in a properly functioning system of criminal justice.

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Without forgiveness, there’s no future.” – Desmond Tutu

Schedule:
4:00 pm – Optional Zazen at the Zendo VZ prior to the bus ride.
5:00 pm – Bus leaves from 588 Broadway. Refreshments on the bus provided by the Village Zendo.
6:00 pm – The vigil begins in a church parking lot with speeches from politicians, entertainers, individuals who were formerly incarcerated, family members of those presently incarcerated and advocates for reform of the criminal justice system. At dark, we walk about 100 yards and stand in silence, each holding a candle in front of the house for about ten minutes. Then we return to the parking lot for the bus ride back to Manhattan.

For more information and to sign up for the bus email Myogetsu at cmswann@me.com

 

Dharma Talk – Ōshin 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
September 27, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

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

Path of Intimacy — Year long study with Roshi and Joshin

Dec. 23, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 25, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
February 22, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
March 22, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
April 19, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
May 31, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
July 5, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
July 19, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
September 27, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
October 25, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
November 22, 2015
1:30 pmto4:30 pm

道親

Path of Intimacy: Bringing Zen Practice Home

Led by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, PhD and Barbara Joshin O’Hara, LCSW

 

How do we break free of our fixed view of the ‘way things are’ and open to a new ‘virtuosity’ of mind? Join us in this new Path series to deepen our understanding and practice of what it means to be intimate with our lives. Our study texts will be Roshi Enkyo O’Hara’s ‘Most Intimate’ and Peter Hershock’s’ ‘Liberating Intimacy.’ The readings will be used as a springboard for discussion, experiential exercises and personal reflection.

Tuition: $600 due at registration. Class size limited.

To register, mail or bring a check to The Village Zendo, 588 Broadway, Suite 1108, New York, NY 10012

For further information contact signup@villagezendo.org

Beginning Instruction: Oshin with ASL Interpretation

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

February 2, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
March 23, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
April 27, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
May 11, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
July 20, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
September 28, 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 – 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
June 11, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
August 13, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
October 1, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

KaKu will give a dharma talk.


				

Dharma Talk – Sensei Joshin O’Hara

Aug. 26, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

October 4, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Sensei Joshin O’Hara will give a dharma talk.
Sensei Barbara Joshin O'Hara