Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

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

 

Tangaryo

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 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

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

June 20, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
July 18, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
September 19, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
October 17, 2015
8:00 amto5:00 pm
November 14, 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: 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 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

Grail Set-Up

Jan. 19, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

July 22, 2015toJuly 24, 2015

Grail Set-Up

Help us set up for Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

 

Dai Sesshin

Jan. 19, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

July 24, 2015toAugust 2, 2015

Dai Sesshin at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Part of Summer Ango 2015.



For Registration Information: Grail2015



Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Precepts Week

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 4, 2015toAugust 8, 2015

Precepts Week
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Jukai

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 9, 2015

Jukai Ceremony
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Annual ceremony when Zen students commit to upholding the precepts, and receive dharma names. Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Zen and the Art of Clay

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 12, 2015toAugust 14, 2015
Doji at clay workshop (photo by Roshi)

Doji at clay workshop (photo by Roshi)

Zen and the Art of Clay

with Sensei Julie Myoko Terestman
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Zen Poetry with Roshi

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 14, 2015toAugust 16, 2015

Writing Workshop

with Sensei Joshin O’Hara
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

This workshop is an opportunity to participate in a residential retreat with morning and evening zazen, to read and write poetry. More than creative self-expression, it’s a way to un-know the self, to cast off the shackles of self-definition and surprise ourselves by what surfaces. It is not so much the gift of language that is required as an attitude of attention and curiosity. As such, it can be a very useful tool for writers, but also for anyone interested in tasting aliveness.

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.

Cicada Sesshin

Jan. 20, 2015 - Posted in: Events - Comments Off

August 18, 2015toAugust 23, 2015

Cicada Sesshin
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Part of Summer Ango 2015.

Questions: signup@villagezendo.org.