The Village Zendo is a Zen community in the heart of downtown New York City. Serving as a sanctuary in busy Manhattan, we offer daily meditation, dharma talks, Buddhist services, retreats, workshops and study groups. Participation is open to all.
Due to the COVID-19 delta variant, the Village Zendo is currently open for online practice only. Learn more here.
Featured Retreats, Workshops & Events
The Village Zendo has a New Home
Reopening in January, 2022
The VZ Executive Committee is excited to announce that the Village Zendo will be moving to a new practice space in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. The move will take place in mid-December, and the Zendo will reopen in its new location in January. Learn more here.
Song of Enlightenment Winter Sesshin
Dec 26 - Jan 1
Please join us for the Village Zendo’s annual Winter Retreat, which will be held online from Sunday, December 26 to Saturday, January 1. The retreat includes zazen, dharma talks, body practice, practice circles and interview with the VZ teachers.
Village Zendo Eye Closing Ceremony
It’s time to say goodbye to the Village Zendo’s old home at 588 Broadway. We’ll do this in a ceremonial way at 3:00 on Sunday, December 5 — and you’re invited to join us online! Enkyo Roshi will “close the eyes” of the image on the Zendo’s altar. The eyes will be “opened” again in January when we reopen in our new space.
Dec 7 - Dec 8
On Rohatsu we commemorate the Buddha’s enlightenment by doing as he did sitting zazen all night. This year our annual Rohatsu all-night sit will again take place on Zoom, starting at 9 pm on Tuesday December 7th, and continuing until 7 am on Wednesday morning.
Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19
This Fall, the Village Zendo would like to reawaken our attention to the practice of embodiment in all aspects of our life. Howard, Rakushin and Jo-An Hoshi — all virtuoso instructors — will give us pointers, exercises, tips on how to bring our attention to this mysterious happening of each moment: our body.
Are you new to the Village Zendo online community? Would you like to get to know some of the teachers, meet other community members and ask questions informally? If so, please consider joining us for an open conversation on the last Thursday evening of every month.
For those new to Zen meditation or who have not practiced meditation in a zendo before. Recommendations for a comfortable, stable sitting posture are given, as well as guidance on how to begin a meditation practice and do walking meditation. There will be ample opportunity for Q & A.
The People of Color Sitting Group aims to embody the three tenets by being a sanctuary for People of Color to study, support and discuss how in a system (society) of oppression and racial bias we can create a community where we recognize our interdependence.
Upcoming Dharma Talks
Recorded Teacher Dharma Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqYHyOZDuzM Podcast Audio
Recorded Senior Student Dharma Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8HMF0IXVpY&pbjreload=102 Podcast audio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvc1YNkvOZQ Podcast audio:
In the light of recent information regarding the COVID-19 delta variant and the CDC revised guidelines issued July 27, 2021, and having consulted with medical professionals in our community, the Village Zendo Executive Committee has concluded that it is prudent for the Village Zendo to return to our online only schedule, effective immediately. The dedication to practice and community demonstrated over the past many months gives us confidence that our sangha can meet this challenge and grow ever stronger. We will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to a full reopening at our new location at 260 West Broadway in January, 2022.