Featured Retreats, Workshops & Events
Summer Ango: A Time of Return and Renewal
July 25 - August 4
Please join us for the Village Zendo’s first in-person summer retreat since the start of the pandemic. This will begin our 2022 summer ango with a silent and spacious container in which we can reflect deeply in community, heal, and restore ourselves.
Body, Breath, and Mind: An Introduction to Zen
1st Sunday of the Month
Join us in person at the Village Zendo with Howard Thoresen, who will introduce Zen meditation and the other aspects of Village Zendo practice. 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.
Online Practice and Inquiry Circle
1st Sunday of the Month
Following a council format, the practice and inquiry circle fosters listening and speaking from the heart on a topic set by the leader. A container is thus created to speak one’s own truth and hear someone else’s.
Sorting Out Our Stuff
The group’s purpose is to support one another in cleaning up and clearing out whatever needs our attention, and whatever it might be. A will? a closet? a file cabinet? a relationship? Let’s handle it, with the knowledge that “time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.”
Thursday, July 14
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 second Thursday evening of every month.
Every Monday, 6:30pm
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.
Every Saturday, 10:30am
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.
Bolivian Sitting Group
Every Saturday, 8:00am
You are invited to join Village Zendo’s affiliated Bolivian sangha, Phajjsi Qollut Jalsu Zen Center, every Saturday from 7:00am to 8:00 am. No Spanish-language proficiency required.
The Village Zendo Has Reopened for In-Person Practice
It is with great joy that we announce that the Village Zendo has re-opened for in-person practice as of Sunday, April 17, 2022. Registration and proof of vaccination are required to attend. Learn more about how to practice with us in person by clicking here.
Upcoming Dharma Talks
Jul 7th 5:30pm Online Zendo and Dharma Talk by Ryotan Roshi
Jul 10th 9:30am Zazen and Dharma Talk by Fusho Hoshi
Jul 14th 5:30pm Online Zendo and Dharma Talk by Enkyo Roshi
Jul 16th 9:00am In-person and Online Zazenkai with Dharma Talk by Kojin
Jul 17th 9:30am Zazen and Dharma Talk by Kenko
Recorded Teacher Dharma Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZtpPnan6s4 Podcast Audio
Recorded Senior Student Dharma Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQZgNl9jhRg 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.