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Just Sitting

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

April 25, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
May 23, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
June 27, 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
July 25, 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

City Study Circles

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

July 26, 2015
9:30 amto12:30 pm
August 2, 2015
9:30 amto12:30 pm
August 9, 2015
9:30 amto12:30 pm
August 16, 2015
9:30 amto12:30 pm
August 23, 2015
9:30 amto12:30 pm

 

2015 SUMMER ANGO IN THE CITY STUDY CIRCLES

Each Sunday at the Zendo, instead of a dharma talk, we will read excerpts from Cultivating the Empty Field (trans D Leighton).  This poetic text on Silent Illumination (otherwise known as shikantaza or just sitting) was written by Zen master Hongzhi, a 12th Century Zen Master who had a formative influence on Dogen.

The study circles will provide an opportunity for the group to reflect on the text as an aid to practice. The leader will open with a reading for that day, providing some pointers for the group to engage. The format may be in council style but is not restricted to this style. In addition, your own practice will include listening to the talks that will come from the Grail during this Ango period. 

Other ancillary study texts for Summer Ango in the City are ‘The Art of Just Sitting’ edited by Daido Roshi, and The Method of No-Method by Sheng Yen. We hope you will join us in the study of this venerable meditation practice that is so central to our tradition. 

July 26th led by Joshin     THE BRIGHT BOUNDLESS FIELD (P 30)

The field of boundless emptiness is what exists from the very beginning. You must purify, cure, grind down, or brush away all the tendencies you have fabricated into apparent habits. Then you can reside in the clear circle of brightness. Utter emptiness has no image, upright independence does not rely on anything. Just expand and illuminate the original truth unconcerned by external conditions.

August 2nd led by Joshin    FACE EVERYTHING, LET GO AND ATTAIN STABILITY (p31)

Stay with that just as that. Stay with this just as this. That and this are mixed together with no discriminations as to their places. So it is said that the earth lifts up the mountain without knowing the mountain’s stark steepness. A rock contains jade without knowing the jade’s flawlessness. This is how truly to leave home, how home-leaving must be enacted.

August 9th led by Soten  THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF MANY LIFETIMES (P36)

We all have the clear, wondrously bright field from the beginning. Many lifetimes of misunderstanding come only from distrust, hindrance, and screens of confusion that we create in a scenario of isolation. With boundless wisdom journey beyond this, forgetting accomplishments. Straightforwardly abandon stratagems and take on responsibility. Having turned yourself around, accepting your situation, if you set foot on the path, spiritual energy will marvelously transport you. Contact phenomena with total sincerity, not a single atom of dust outside yourself.

August 16 led by Kokyo THE BACKWARD STEP AND THE UPRIGHT CAULDRON (P40)

When you can share your self, then you may manage affairs, and you have the pure seal that stamps the ten thousand forms. Traveling the world, meeting conditions, the self joyfully enters samadhi in all delusions and accepts is function, which is to empty out the self so as not to be full of itself. The empty valley receives the clouds. The cold stream cleanses the moon. Not departing, and not remaining, far beyond all the changes, you can give teachings without attainment or expectation. Everything everywhere comes back to the olden ground. Not a hair has been shifted, bent or raised up. Despite a hundred uglinesses or a thousand stupidities, the upright cauldron is naturally beneficent.

August 23 led by Jushin THE SOLITARY BEACON AND THE SINGLE ROAD (P53)

People of the Way journey through the world responding to conditions, carefree and without restraint. Like clouds finally raining, like moonlight following the current, like orchids growing in shade, like spring arising in everything, they act without mind, they respond with certainty. This is how perfected people behave. Then they must resume their travels and follow the ancestors, walking ahead with steadiness and letting go of themselves with innocence.

for more information: info@villagezendo.org

 

Precepts Week

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 4, 2015toAugust 8, 2015

Precepts Week
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Jukai

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 9, 2015

Jukai Ceremony
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Annual ceremony when Zen students commit to upholding the precepts, and receive dharma names. Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Zen and the Art of Clay

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 12, 2015toAugust 14, 2015
Doji at clay workshop (photo by Roshi)

Doji at clay workshop (photo by Roshi)

Zen and the Art of Clay

with Sensei Julie Myoko Terestman
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Zen Poetry with Roshi

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 14, 2015toAugust 16, 2015

Writing Workshop

with Sensei Joshin O’Hara
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

This workshop is an opportunity to participate in a residential retreat with morning and evening zazen, to read and write poetry. More than creative self-expression, it’s a way to un-know the self, to cast off the shackles of self-definition and surprise ourselves by what surfaces. It is not so much the gift of language that is required as an attitude of attention and curiosity. As such, it can be a very useful tool for writers, but also for anyone interested in tasting aliveness.

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Cicada Sesshin

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 18, 2015toAugust 23, 2015

Cicada Sesshin
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Zendo Reopens

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 1, 2015

Zazenkai

Oct. 16, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 19, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
October 17, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
November 14, 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: 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
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

Fusatsu followed by Sangha Tea

Oct. 16, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 26, 2015
6:35 pmto7:20 pm
April 23, 2015
6:35 pmto7:20 pm
May 28, 2015
6:35 pmto7:20 pm
June 25, 2015
6:35 pmto7:20 pm
September 24, 2015
6:35 pmto7:20 pm
November 19, 2015
6:35 pmto7:20 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. Light refreshments are served.