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Just Sitting

Jan. 18, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

February 22, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
March 29, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
April 26, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
May 24, 2014
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 HowardT457@aol.com

Dharma Talk – Musho

Apr. 7, 2014 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

April 27, 2014
11:45 amto12:30 pm

Musho will give a dharma talk.

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 – Ikai

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

March 17, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
March 24, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm
May 5, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Ikai will offer beginning instruction this evening.

“The Hidden Lamp” NYC book launch

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

May 10, 2014
3:30 pmto6:30 pm

Join us for the NYC book launch of The Hidden Lamp!

Eight Women Zen Teachers Illuminate Lost Stories
Of Buddhist Women’s Enlightenment Over 2,500 Years

Reception and refreshments to follow reading. Meet & mingle with the teachers and their communities!

Nancy Mujo Baker, Shinge Sherry Chayat , Merle Kodo Boyd, Enkyo O’Hara, Barbara Joshin O’Hara, Bonnie Myotai Treace
and Editors Susan Moon and Florence Caplow.

More info on The Hidden Lamp U.S. Tour

Tangaryo

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

May 16, 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 Eisho

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

May 17, 2014
8:00 amto5:00 pm
October 18, 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
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 Stretching
2:55 Zazen
3:25 Service (Service: Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:50 Kinhin
4:00 Zazen
4:30 Kinhin
4.40: Hansaku Gyo Cha
5:10 Open sozan
Four Vows

Fusatsu

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

May 22, 2014
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
June 26, 2014
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
July 24, 2014
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
September 18, 2014
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
October 23, 2014
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
November 20, 2014
5:30 pmto8:00 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.

Zendo Closed

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

January 20, 2014
February 17, 2014
May 26, 2014
July 4, 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

Zazenkai with dharma talk by Ryotan

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

June 21, 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
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 Stretching
2:55 Zazen
3:25 Service (Service: Heart Sutra, Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
3:50 Kinhin
4:00 Zazen
4:30 Kinhin
4.40: Hansaku Gyo Cha
5:10 Open sozan
Four Vows