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Urban Sesshin

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

March 25, 2015
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Urban Sesshin


Urban Sesshin takes place at the Village Zendo in New York City, and features three days of meditation, study and discussion, a full-day meditation retreat (Zazenkai);  and a final morning of celebration. Each year our chosen “Shuso” (practice leader) creates the program for Urban Sesshin. This year it will be led by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis.

To register please e-mail:


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

March 28, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm



The Village Zendo’s monthly one-day retreat 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:

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

Shuso Hossen for A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

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March 29, 2015
9:30 amto11:30 am

Shuso Hossen


Shuso Hossen is a ceremonial rite of passage marking a student’s promotion to the rank of Senior. It takes place at the conclusion of the intensive training period of Ango, during which the student serves as a model to the sangha or community. The event is both a crucible and an empowerment for the student. His understanding is tested by the community. As such, it is a participatory and deeply moving experience for all. At shuso hossen, the shuso gives his first dharma talk and takes questions from the community in a ceremonial conversation known as dharma dialogue.

Ceremony begins at 9:30 am and concludes with celebratory refreshments Please sign up on the sheet at the Zendo if you intend to be at the ceremony. We need to know how many people to expect. A suggested donation of $20 will defray the cost of refreshments.

Zendo Reopens

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

August 30, 2015

Zendo is open again