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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.

Dharma Talk – Ryoshin

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

January 11, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 22, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Ryoshin will give a dharma talk.

 

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
June 28, 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

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.

Urban Sesshin

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

March 25, 2015
March 26, 2015
March 27, 2015

Urban Sesshin

 

Urban Sesshin takes place at the Village Zendo in New York City, and features three days of meditation, study and discussion, followed by a full-day meditation retreat, and a final morning of celebration. Each year our chosen “shuso” (practice leader) creates the program for Urban Sesshin. This year it is led by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis, whose involvement with prison chaplaincy and street retreats informs our theme: social justice. We will explore homelessness, incarceration, and racism.

You may attend some or all of the week’s programs:

Rates:

  • Urban sesshin: Members $50 a day, non-members $60 a day.

  • Rate for all 3 days: Members $125, non-members $150.

  • Rate for all 3 days plus zazenkai: Members $150, non-members $200.

  • Zazenkai only: members $25, non-members $50.

To register, please e-mail which days you will attend to: registrar@villagezendo.org. Say if you will attend for breakfast and lunch each day. If you are registering for the zazenkai as well,  say whether you own oryoki bowls or need to borrow a set.

Schedule 

 

Each day begins with our usual morning meditation followed by a light breakfast, then a block of meditation periods with a dharma talk. There is informal lunch and an afternoon activity. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day by the Village Zendo.

If there is a day you cannot attend in full, the times just after breakfast or after lunch are good moments to join or leave.

We will not wear robes or eat oryoki style during Urban Sesshin.

Wednesday March 25

7:30-8:30 Zazen
8:45-9:15 Informal light breakfast, provided
9:20-9:50 Zazen
9:50-10:00 Kinhin
10:00-10:30 Zazen
10:30-10:40 Kinhin
10:40-11:25 Dharma talk by Grover Genro Gauntt Roshi, abbot of Hudson River Zen Center and veteran leader of street retreats
11:25-11:35 Kinhin
11:35-12:05 Zazen
12:05-12:15 Kinhin
12:15-12:45 Informal lunch, provided

12:45 Clean up, silent rest

1:30 pm Afternoon activity
About 4:30 pm Finish

Thursday March 26

7:30-8:30 Zazen
8:45-9:15 Informal light breakfast, provided
9:30-10:00 Orientation
10:00-10:30 Travel to court
10:30-11:45 Observe arraignments at New York City Criminal Court
11:45-12:15 Return to Zendo
12:15-12:45 Informal lunch, provided

12:45 Clean up, silent rest

1:30-2:15 Dharma talk by Randall Ryotan Eiger Sensei, director of the Village Zendo’s Zen program at Sing Sing for more than a decade
2:15-2:25 Kinhin
2:25-2:55 Zazen
2:55-3:05 Kinhin
3:05-3:35 Zazen
3:55-4:05 Kinhin
4:05 pm Discussion
About 4:30pm Finish

March 27 Friday

7:30-8:30 Zazen
8:45-9:15 Informal light breakfast, provided
9:20-9:50 Zazen
9:50-10:00 Kinhin
10:00-10:30 Zazen
10:30-10:40 Kinhin
10:40-11:25 Dharma talk by Merle Kodo Boyd Sensei, guiding teacher of Lincroft Zen Center, first African American woman with Zen dharma transmission
11:25-11:35 Kinhin
11:35-12:05 Zazen
12:05-12:15 Kinhin
12:15-12:45 Informal lunch, provided

12:45 Clean up, silent rest

1:30 pm Afternoon activity
About 4:30 pm Finish

Urban Sesshin is followed by:

Zazenkai with Dharma Talk by Roshi

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

March 28, 2015
8:00 amto5:15 pm

Zazenkai

 

The Village Zendo’s monthly one-day retreat 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.

To register, email registrar@villagezendo.org. Say if you will attend all or part of the day, and whether you own oryoki bowls or need to borrow a set.

8:15 am Zazen
8:50 Verse of the Kesa, Kinhin
9:05 Zazen
9:40 Kinhin
9:50 Zazen
10:20 Kinhin
10:30 Dharma talk: Roshi
11:10 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 Service
3:10 Kinhin
3:20 Zazen
3:45 Honsaku Gyocha tea ritual
4:25 Kinhin
4:35 Zazen (short)
4:50 Open sozan (closing council)
About 5:15pm Four vows, finish

Shuso Hossen for A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

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

March 29, 2015
9:30 amto11:30 am

Shuso Hossen

 

Shuso Hossen is a ceremonial rite of passage marking a student’s promotion to the rank of Senior. It takes place at the conclusion of the intensive training period of Ango, during which the student serves as a model to the sangha or community. The event is both a crucible and an empowerment for the student. His understanding is tested by the community. As such, it is a participatory and deeply moving experience for all. At shuso hossen, the shuso gives his first dharma talk and takes questions from the community in a ceremonial conversation known as dharma dialogue.

Ceremony begins at 9:30 am and concludes with celebratory refreshments. A suggested donation of $20 will defray the cost of refreshments.

Zazenkai with Dharma Talk by Shinryu

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

April 18, 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

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

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.