Since the beginning of Zen in China more than 1,500 years ago, practicing under the guidance of a teacher has been the traditional path for seekers of the Way. In today’s world of spiritual marketing and religious quick-fixes, the need for skilled guidance is as great as ever.
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.
How to Become a Formal Student
- Attend an Introduction to Zen workshop or have equivalent experience.
- Complete a student application.
- See Enkyo Roshi in dokusan (private interview) and request permission to formally become a student and enter into training.
- Sit tangaryo (all-day zazen) and participate in the student initiation ceremonies that follow.
Practice Recommendations for Formal Students
- Attend at least one full sesshin (week-long meditation retreat) a year.
- Learn to perform the liturgical functions of the Village Zendo.
- Participate in Ango (seasonal training intensive).
- Help to maintain and support the Zendo.
Membership in the Village Zendo is required for Formal Students. The fee for Membership is $1,296 annually, which may be paid in installments of $108 a month. Fees are applied directly to the support of the Zendo and the abbot. Scholarships are available for Formal Students in cases of financial hardship.
Entering into the teacher/student relationship is a serious commitment and should be given careful consideration. It is an intimate relationship and lasts a lifetime.
For further information, please see “Recommendations for Formal Student Practice” or contact Sensei Randall Ryotan Eiger, membership coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.