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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


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 – Myoko

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

May 21, 2015
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Myoko will give a dharma talk.

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

Bokushu will give a talk.

Village Zendo Closed

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

January 19, 2015
February 16, 2015
May 25, 2015
July 3, 2015toJuly 4, 2015
October 12, 2015
November 11, 2015
November 26, 2015
December 24, 2015toDecember 25, 2015

The Zendo is closed on these federal holidays in 2014:

  • Jan 19
  • Feb 16
  • May 25
  • July 3 and 4
  • Sept 7
  • Oct 12
  • Nov 11
  • Nov 26
  • Dec 24 and 25


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.


Talk: Neil Theise “Fundamental Awareness”

Apr. 23, 2015 - Posted in: Blog, Events - Comments Off

May 29, 2015
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

“Fundamental Awareness: Source of Mind and Matter”

Friday May 29, 2015 7pm
$15 Suggested donation at the door

Does mind make the world? In his lively, conversational way, Soten explores the nature of consciousness and its relationship to us and to the cosmos through the three lenses of contemporary science, Western philosophy, and diverse metaphysical systems.

From this, he will lead us to an integrative model called Fundamental Awareness as the substratum from which the world emanates. From quantum physics to samadhi to monistic Western philosophies, this framework interweaves threads from all three domains, providing a set of concepts to potentiate cross-talk between these varied world-views.

Videos of Dr. Theise engaging these topics can be viewed at:

For more information contact Musho

Guest Dharma Talk: Shinzan Sensei, successor of Joan Halifax

Apr. 27, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 31, 2015
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Sensei Shinzan was born in Veracruz, Mexico, He is a zen priest and Dharma Successor of Roshi Joan Halifax. He has been practicing Zen since 1996. In Mexico City, he met Korean Zen Teacher, Ven. Samu Sunim. Shinzan trained in the Buddhist Maitreya Seminar under Samu Sunim as he lived in the Toronto Zen Buddhist Temple for 4 years. He was ordained in 2004 as a Zen Buddhist Priest.

Shinzan arrived at Upaya Zen Center in 2006 and became a resident and student of Roshi Joan Halifax. He lived there and trained for over 8 years. He received the Dharma transmission on Jan 2015.He has taught Zazenkai and Sesshins at Upaya and co-teaches teen retreats in USA.

Shinzan left the residency of Upaya to return to Mexico and start a community spreading the Dharma in Mexico. His vision is to create a Zen Hispanic community and work with teens in the USA and Mexico.

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


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


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