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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
June 15, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
July 20, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
October 12, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
November 9, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Ryoshin will give a dharma talk.

 

Dharma Talk: Bokushu

Oct. 12, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

November 13, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Bokushu will give a talk.

Tangaryo

Feb. 10, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 16, 2014
7:30 amto5:00 pm
November 14, 2014
7:30 amto5:00 pm

Invitation to Become a Formal Student at the Village Zendo

The Village Zendo’s next student initiation (“Tangaryo”) will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014. If you have not yet formally become a student at the Village Zendo, and wish to do so, please read the information at villagezendo.org/membership. For further information, please e-mail Sensei Randall Ryotan Eiger at membership@villagezendo.org.

Why Become A Formal Student?

You should become a Formal Student at the Village Zendo if you wish to make an ongoing commitment to Zen training and to enter into a formal teacher/student relationship with Enkyo Roshi and the VZ teaching staff. You do not need to become a Formal Student in order work with Roshi and the VZ teachers. You can do this on an informal basis by becoming a Member of the Village Zendo.

Becoming A Formal Student at The Village Zendo

Since the beginning of Zen in China more than 1,500 years ago, entering formally into training under the guidance of a teacher has been the traditional path for seekers of the Way. In todayʼs world of spiritual marketing and religious quick-fixes, the need for skilled guidance through many years of oneʼs training is as great as ever.

Tangaryo

One of the requirements for becoming a Student Member of Village Zendo is “Tangaryo,” or all-day sitting. This custom dates to the earliest days of Zen when those wishing to enter into training would sit for long periods of time in order to demonstrate the sincerity of their aspiration. Tanga is a Japanese term meaning “staying until the morning.” It refers to the overnight stay in a Zen monastery of a wandering monk on pilgrimage. The room set aside for this purpose was known as the tangaryo.

At the Village Zendo we have continued this tradition. After discussing their wish to become a student with Roshi, student candidates devote a day to Tangaryo. The day begins with zazen that continues until mid-afternoon. The zazen is unstructured—no bells ring to mark the end of the period and there is no kinhin. Candidates may take short breaks, if needed, to go to the bathroom or refresh themselves for further sitting. In the middle of the afternoon, Tangaryo ends and, shortly afterwards, the new students exchange bows and sit down to tea with Roshi who greets them on behalf of the Village Zendo teaching staff.

It is customary at this time to present Roshi with a small monetary donation. There is no minimum or maximum amount required. Roshi and Joshin Sensei have asked that, due to the limited space in their apartment, students refrain from giving them gifts.  With the conclusion of this ceremony, student initiation is complete.

Tangaryo Schedule

7:30-12:00 zazen

12:00-1:00 lunch

1:00-3:30 zazen

3:30-4:00 break

4:00-5:00 tea with the teacher

 

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: 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 by Shinryu
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
4:30 Open Sozan

Fusatsu

Nov. 6, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

November 20, 2014
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.

 

Dharma Talk – Soten

Apr. 14, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

June 19, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
November 23, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Soten will give a dharma talk.

Neil Soten Theise

Zendo Closed

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

January 20, 2014
February 17, 2014
May 26, 2014
July 4, 2014
August 24, 2014toAugust 31, 2014
September 1, 2014
October 13, 2014
November 27, 2014
December 25, 2014

The Zendo is closed on these federal holidays in 2014:

  • Jan 20
  • Feb 17
  • May 26
  • July 4
  • Sept 1
  • Oct 13
  • Nov 27
  • Dec 25

The Zendo is also closed August 24 through 21st following Summer Ango

Visiting Teacher Sensei Myoan Grace Schireson

Oct. 19, 2014 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

November 30, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Year End Meditation Retreat 2014

Jul. 28, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

December 26, 2014toJanuary 1, 2015

with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and Village Zendo Teachers

at The Garrison Institute

The Village Zendo’s year-end retreat is the perfect place for quiet meditation and deep silence. Our schedule is serious (with plenty of zazen) but also spacious (with unstructured time in the afternoon for rest, outdoor walks or body practice). There are dharma talks every day, and ample opportunity to meet with our teachers. Meals are taken buffet-style. If you have put off doing a residential retreat, or felt intimidated to try one, this is a wonderful retreat to attend. Come and join the Village Zendo sangha as we greet the new year with clear minds and open hearts.

For Questions and Registration, contact signup@villagezendo.org

Zazenkai

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

January 17, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
February 21, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
April 18, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
May 16, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
June 20, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
July 18, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
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 Kaku: 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