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Jesus and Dōgen workshop with Kaku

May. 15, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

June 13, 2015
10:00 amto3:00 pm


Part I: Jesus, the Mystical Revolutionary

Who was Jesus of Nazareth? Contemporary scholars regard him as a revolutionary mystic and see his life and teachings as a radical critique of society and religion. Using texts from contemporary Biblical scholars we’ll examine the issues raised and explore for ourselves the connection between zazen and social engagement.

Part II: Dōgen, the Mystical Realist

How might Dōgen’s insistence that practice and enlightenment are the same lead to social change? In subverting the dichotomies between self and other, how does practice integrate concern for the world?

The workshop will consist of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises.
There will be a one hour lunch break from noon to 1pm.

Workshop Fee: $30

To Register:

Kaku (Robert Kaku Gunn) is a Senior Priest at the Village Zendo, a psychotherapist in private practice in New York, the pastor of the Community Church of Syosset, United Church of Christ, and adjunct faculty at Union Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, the Metropolitan Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the China American Alliance for Psychoanalysis. He is also our Village Zendo representative to the Buddhist Council of New York and the author of Journeys into Emptiness: Dōgen, Merton and Jung and the Quest for Transformation (Paulist, 2000)

Dharma Talk – Roshi

Feb. 18, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 8, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 10, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 14, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Dharma talk by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

Enkyo Roshi

Visiting Teacher Rev. Issho Fujita

May. 24, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

June 18, 2015
6:30 pmto7:30 pm


The Village Zendo is proud to host an evening with visiting Zen Teacher Reverend Issho Fujita.

Issho Fujita was born in Japan in 1954. He studied developmental/clinical psychology at University of Tokyo. Besides academic study, he intensively practiced aikido and Noguchi Exercise. When he was a PhD. Student at the age of 27, he was recommended by a master of Chinese medicine to attend a week-long Zen sesshin at Enkaku-ji, traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura. Through this experience he was deeply fascinated by zazen practice. Eventually he dropped out from the graduate school to study Zen full time and entered into Antai-ji, Soto Zen monastery in the tradition of Kodo Sawaki, Kosho Uchiyama.

In 1987 he was dispatched by his teacher to be a resident teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts. During his stay until 2005, he also taught at various colleges and institutions, such as Smith College, Amherst College, Mt Holyoke College, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

In 2010 he was assigned to be a Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. He is visiting many Zen centers and temples worldwide to teach Soto Zen teaching and practice. Reverend Issho is interested in inventing new and fun ways how to articulate the depth of simple practice of shikantaza (just sitting).

Meditation starts at 5:30pm, talk at 6:35. Sangha Tea afterward. $10 suggested donation. For more information contact Musho.



Mar. 4, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

June 19, 2015
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, June 19, 2014. If you have not yet formally become a student at the Village Zendo, and wish to do so, please read the information at For further information, please e-mail Sensei Randall Ryotan Eiger at

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.


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 – Dharma Talk Roshi

May. 25, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

June 20, 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:
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, Roshi
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

Dharma Talk – Sensei Joshin O’Hara

Mar. 18, 2014 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

May 18, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 21, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

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

Beginning Instruction: Ikai

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

February 9, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
March 2, 2015
6:30 pmto7:35 pm
April 20, 2015
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
June 22, 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.

Forms of Emptiness – Liturgy Practice

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

February 20, 2015
5:30 pmto7:30 pm
March 20, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
April 17, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
May 15, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
June 26, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
July 17, 2015
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

A Workshop in Village Zendo Liturgy

Zen forms are ways to help support ourselves and each other in seeing our lives as they are moment to moment, and to continually remind us of our conviction to stay awake.

The sounds and movements we see around the Zendo may seem random and incidental, but are always gateways to come back to right now, and also communicate what is happening at specific moments in time.

This workshop will serve as an opportunity to become more familiar with these forms, and also to practice getting good tone out of the various zendo instruments.

Registration not required.



The workshop will be led by Village Zendo Liturgy Master Tokuyu Manasia and is open to anyone who would like to attend. 


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, 2016
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

Dharma Talk – Bokushu

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

January 25, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm
February 8, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm
March 19, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm
April 12, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm
May 24, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm
June 28, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Bokushu will give a talk.