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Movie Night: A Page of Madness

Aug. 13, 2014 - Posted in: Calendar, Events - Comments Off

September 19, 2014
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

Friday, September 19th, FONT Music and Village Zendo Arts co-present an evening of improvised music to the 1926 Japanese silent film “A Page of Madness” (59 minutes) by Japanese film director Teinosuke Kinugasa. The film is the product of an avant-garde group of artists in Japan known as the Shinkankaku-ha (or School of New Perceptions). The multi-media performance will feature grammy nominated trumpeter/composer Tim Hagans, Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi by VZ member Ryuko Shragge and percussion/vibraphone by James Shipp. Don’t miss this unique musical collaboration to one of Japans most intriguing films.

$16 online, $20 at the door – space is limited Buy tickets online at HERE.
For more info contact Ryuko.

co-presented by FONT fontmusic.org

About the film:
A Page of Madness is a silent film by Japanese film director Teinosuke Kinugasa, made in 1926. It was lost for forty-five years until being rediscovered by Kinugasa in his storehouse in 1971. The film is the product of an avant garde group of artists in Japan known as the Shinkankaku-ha (or School of New Perceptions) who tried to overcome naturalistic representation. Yasunari Kawabata, who would win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, was credited on the film with the original story. He is often cited as the film’s screenwriter, and a version of the scenario is printed in his complete works, but the scenario is now considered a collaboration between Kawabata, Kinugasa, Banko Sawada, and Minoru Inuzuka.

The film takes place in an asylum. Although cut together in an ever maddening maelstrom, the film loosely tells the story of the janitor of the asylum. His wife is one of the patients. One day their daughter shows up at the asylum to tell her mother about her engagement. This sets off a number of subplots and flashbacks which stitch together the family history (for instance, why the mother is a patient and why the daughter is unaware of her father’s job as a janitor).

The film does not contain inter titles, making it difficult to follow for audiences today. At 59 minutes, the print existing today is missing nearly a third of what was shown in theaters in 1926. Showings in 1920s Japan would have included live narration by a storyteller or benshi as well as musical accompaniment. The famous benshi Musei Tokugawa narrated the film at the Musashinokan theater in Shinjuku in Tokyo.

About the live music:

Tim Hagans, an excellent post-bop-oriented trumpeter, was with the orchestras of Stan Kenton (1974-1977) and Woody Herman (1977), before moving to Sweden (1977-1981) where he played with Sahib Shihab, Ernie Wilkins’ Almost Big Band, the Danish Radio Orchestra (which was then directed by Thad Jones), and Dexter Gordon. After returning to the U.S., he taught at the University of Cincinnati and recorded for the local MoPro label. Hagans taught at Berklee (1984-1986), and then in 1986 he started working with Joe Lovano and Fred Hersch. Later, he has made records with Bob Belden, Lovano, Rick Margitza, John Hart, and the Yellowjackets, and has worked with the big bands of Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, and the Gil Evans orchestra. Tim Hagans has recorded several Blue Note albums as a leader.

 

Aaron Ryuko Shragge (trumpet, shakuhachi, composition) has been greatly inspired from the practice and study of the ancient musical traditions of North India and Japan. Shragge has a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music from New School University has a Master’s in Music therapy at New York University. Aaron Shragge has performed with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Ben Monder, Jon Gibson, The Sam Roberts Band, Akim Funk Buddha, and Medeski Martin and Wood’s Billy Martin at such venues as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Blue Note, CBGB’s and The Tenri Cultural Institute. He has studied improvisation with Kenny Werner, and is currently studies shakuhachi with Grand Master’s Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, Japanese Master Yodo Kurahashi II and North Indian vocals with Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. His current projects include a duo with Ben Monder, a Jazz quintet that plays the music of Tom Waits.

 

James Shipp is a vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, and bandleader who has been living and working in New York for the past 13 years. Originally from Columbia, Maryland, he grew up in a musical family, and set his sights on a career as a professional musician while in his early teens.

James plays a wide variety of instruments and styles, most of which are based in or around jazz, which he refers to as the “big tent” in the international music world. In his career James has played jazz both new and old, Caribbean music, Brazilian music, “third-stream” chamber music, mostly improvised music, rock, funk, r&b, and with many bands that cross and blend different genres and styles.

James’ current focus as a bandleader is Nós Novo, a quartet that re-imagines traditional music from Ireland and the surrounding areas through the lenses of modern jazz and Brazilian musics. The band is comprised of James on vibes, melodica, and percussion, Jo Lawry on vocals and mandolin, Keith Ganz on guitars, and Rogerio Boccato on percussion.

James received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from SUNY Purchase, and recently participated in the “Solo, Duo, Trio” Professional Training Workshop led by Fred Hersch at Carnegie Hall.

Along with other emerging artists from around the country, James studied improvised music there with Fred, Jane Ira Bloom, Jason Moran, and Kenny Baron, culminating in a memorable concert at Zankel Hall.

In addition to those mentioned above, James counts himself lucky to have studied music over the years with an inspiring cast of master musicians and deeply dedicated educators including the following: Hal Galper, Charles Blenzig, Doug Munro, Joe Locke, Arthur Lipner, Ted Piltzecker, Todd Coolman, Ray Vega, Jim MacElwaine, Jon Faddis, Scott Feiner, Ze Mauricio, Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin, Max Vanderbeek, and Mr. Lewis Dutrow.

Zazenkai with dharma talk by Eisho

Dec. 5, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

May 17, 2014
8:00 amto5:00 pm
September 20, 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 Eisho
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 New Student Entry
3:30 Service (Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:50 Zazen
4:20 Kinhin
4:30 Open Sozan

People’s Climate March

Aug. 26, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 21, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

From People’s Climate March:

“In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

“With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”

VZ Activities on Climate Change

Saturday, September 20, 8:15 am to 5 pm: Zazenkai. Dharma Talk by Eisho.

Sunday , September 21, 9:30 am to 11:15 am:

  • Period of zazen.
  • Council on Climate Change led by Soshin.
  • Departure for march.

Bring bells, moktok for chanting, etc. All musical instruments welcome.

Additional info about the march.

Beginning Instruction: Oshin. With ASL interpretation.

Jun. 27, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

July 21, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
September 22, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
October 6, 2014
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: Reverend Taishun Yoshii

Aug. 1, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 25, 2014
6:35 pmto7:05 pm

Reverend Taishun Yoshii is a Soto-shu specially dispatched teacher from the Fumonji Temple in Miyazaki Prefecture Japan. His lifelong concern for the environment has deepened as Miyazaki Prefecture was hit hard by the 2011 disaster. Rev. Yoshii has a degree in physical science, and was also an elementary and middle school teacher. His Zen training includes Myokojii Monastery in Fukuoka and Chokokuji Monastery in Tokyo. Recently he has received certification as an instructor of Macrobiotic cooking. We are proud to have this esteemed teacher visiting the Village Zendo from Japan.

“Let us experience other people’s happiness as our own as well as feeling others’ sadness and sorrow as our own. Let us bring forth the mind of compassion and together implement the bodhisattva practice of supporting each other.”

Dharma Talk: David Loy

Aug. 1, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

September 28, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Why Buddhism and the Modern World Need Each Other

A Talk by David Loy

What is the connection between our personal transformation and the transformation of society?

Buddhism emphasizes the relationship between dukkha (our inability to enjoy life) and anatta (the sense of a separate self is delusive). In modern terms,the sense of self, being an ungrounded and therefore insecure construct, is haunted by a sense of lack. Since we usually do not understand the source of this uncomfortable feeling, we often try to resolve it in ways that just make things worse. Why do we never have enough money, fame, time? Money and fame become a kind of symbolic reality with which we try to fill up our sense of lack. We are obsessed with the future because that is when our lack will be resolved.

This means that obsession with money and fame is more than an individual problem: it reveals where our society is stuck. The “three poisons” (three unwholesome roots of evil) that the Buddha identified have become institutionalized and taken on a life of their own: our economic system institutionalizes greed, racism and militarism institutionalize ill will, and the corporate media institutionalize delusion. And our collective sense of separation from the rest of the biosphere lies at the heart of the ecological crisis.

Any personal awakening we may experience remains incomplete until it is supplemented by a “social awakening” that realizes the importance of responding to these institutionalized causes of widespread suffering.

David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

The Path of Precepts

Dec. 20, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 26, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
February 23, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
March 30, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
May 4, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
June 1, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
June 29, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
July 20, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
September 28, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
October 26, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm
November 23, 2014
1:30 pmto4:30 pm

The self and things of the world are just as they are.
The gate of emancipation is open ~ Dogen Zenji

The precepts are an expression of our very wholeness. As such, they serve as guidelines for living a joyous life. For ten months we will study them as tools to turn our light inwards, develop compassion for ourselves and deepen our harmony with others. With a practice grounded in zazen, we will use the precepts to observe ourselves in action, inquire into our reactive patterns, and uncover our conditioned beliefs about ourselves, in contrast to what the precepts show to be true. Classes will be interactive and experiential in nature, structured around readings, writing, discussion, dyadic and group work.

Classes, led by Roshi Enkyo and Joshin Sensei, will be held at the Zendo on the following Sunday afternoons, from 1:30 to 4:30.

Tuition: $600, Class size is limited.  Payment is due at time of registration, Contact signup@villagezendo.org.

Beginning Instruction – Joshin

Feb. 9, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

March 3, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
April 21, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
June 9, 2014
6:30 pmto7:05 pm
September 29, 2014
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 and Racism, Healing Self, Healing Other – Workshop led by Hoshi Deirdre Eisho Peterson

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

October 4, 2014
9:30 amto1:00 pm


In this workshop we will look deeply at our experience of racism — our conditioning (both personal and societal) and how that manifests in our lives today. We will explore how the teachings of Zen offer awareness, freedom and healing for ourselves and for others. The workshop will include a talk, writing, inquiry and Council.

This workshop is offered in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize fifty years ago, in October 1964.

Fee: $30 Members, $35 Non-Members.
Pre-registration is requested; please contact signup@villagezendo.org.

Please bring a notepad and pen to the workshop.

Zazenkai with dharma talk by Myoko

Dec. 5, 2013 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

January 18, 2014
8:00 amto7:00 pm
October 18, 2014
8:00 amto7:00 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 .

Saturday

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 New Student Entry
3:30 Service (Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:50 Zazen
4:20 Kinhin
4:30 Open Sozan