Roshi gave this talk at our May 2016 Zazenkai retreat. She comments on a story from The Hidden Lamp called “Sonen’s Shadeless Tree” and talks about how we can connect our Dharma practice to our lives as they are right now. She talks about letting go of ideas of success and failure, quotes President Obama, George Carlin, Dogen Zenji and encourages us to dig deeply into the richness of our own lives. Recorded May 14, 2016
In her talk from Sunday, April 24th, Joshin Sensei talks about the challenges of allowing ourselves to be where we are in each moment without preferences.
In KaKu Hoshi’s talk during our April Zazenkai, he discusses his relationship to Dogen’s most well know work, the Genjokoan.
In this talk, Roshi encourages us to use our whole body and mind — not just our ideas.
Summer ango, meaning “peaceful dwelling”, at Grail House in Cornwall, NY is a unique opportunity to step off the habitual tracks of our busy lives, to slow down and breathe. It’s a chance to do an intensive retreat, live in community, and study closely with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and the Village Zendo teachers, in the green surroundings of the Hudson Valley.
Registration is closed. To join the wait list, email email@example.com.
The month begins and ends with weeklong silent meditation retreats, each providing the rare gift of silence held in the container of traditional Zen form. Alongside the core activity of sitting and walking meditation, the days follow a schedule of body practice, work practice, Dharma talks, group meals taken in the oryoki ritual style of Japanese temples, and services with chanting. In the middle weeks we offer two interactive retreats. One is a week of deep personal study of the Zen precepts and the other is an arts week using pottery and poetry as means for investigation. Mornings and evenings we remain in silence, while we engage in group discussion and activity during the day. Yoga is offered throughout the month as one option for daily body ￼practice. You are welcome to join us for one, two, three or all four weeks. Any amount of time can offer a profound taste of peaceful dwelling.
- Advice for participants in summer ango
- Enkyo Roshi’s summer ango letter
- Shuso YuJin’s summer ango letter
- “Everyday Activity”: our study text
- Commitment Form for summer ango
- Questions?: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dai Sesshin Retreat, July 22–31
Dai Sesshin is a ten-day intensive retreat. The spacious schedule includes five hours of meditation with ample time for rest and exercise. There are chanting services, three oryoki meals in the meditation hall, and the opportunity to have individual meetings with seasoned Zen teachers. Please consider challenging yourself to participate in this deep practice.
Precepts Study Week, August 2–7
Precepts Study week culminates in jukai, a ceremony in which participants vow to follow the Zen precepts for ethical conduct. If you are interested in participating in jukai, please contact the Village Zendo for arrangements and details. If you are not taking jukai, you are welcome to join our study of the precepts and the selected ango text under the guidance of Sensei Ryotan Eiger. Study takes place during morning and afternoon sessions and provides a creative, challenging and supportive environment in which to experience the teachings. There will also be daily meditation, chanting services and oryoki meals served in an informal style. The week will end in a joyful community ceremony for those formally receiving the precepts.
Arts Retreat Week, August 9–14
The Arts Retreat has two parts and you may register for one or both. The first three days (8/9-8/12) approach the study of Zen through pottery. This is an exciting chance for both beginning and more experienced participants to work with clay under the guidance of Sensei Myoko Julie Terestman, Zen teacher and master potter. Over the weekend (8/12-8/14), Roshi Enkyo O’Hara will lead a writing workshop. We will read Zen poetry together and create our own. As in the other weeks, there will be chanting services and informal oryoki meals as well as meditation periods every day throughout the week.
Shuso Sesshin Retreat, August 16–21
￼Shuso Sesshin is an intensive five-day retreat with the same daily structure as Dai Sesshin. This sesshin culminates the month of ango practice and allows participants the opportunity for profound depth and insight. On the final day (8/21), the Shuso Hossen ceremony is a rite of passage in which the practice leader (shuso) becomes a senior student in the Village Zendo community. The shuso gives her or his first Dharma talk and is challenged by the group in a lively question-and-answer dialogue called “Dharma Combat.”
Roshi shares the story of yet another Ming Dynasty Woman, Zen Master Xenggang, whose personal koan resonates for all of us today.
Dear Friends and Sangha Members,
The days are growing short and the winter solstice is drawing near. Soon, all around us, holiday decorations will brighten the peace and darkness of the winter nights. As the light fades, it is so important to have a place of peace and brightness in what at times seems the troubled darkness of the world. This is what the Village Zendo offers and it is why, as the year draws to a close, we make a gentle plea for your support.
For nearly 30 years the Village Zendo has offered us a place to gather and share our practice as a community. During that time, we have witnessed wars, racial hatred, and violence both abroad and here at home – the greed, anger and ignorance that cause so much suffering in the world. Through it all, the Village Zendo has provided a space to sit and discover the joy that, though sometimes veiled, lies within our hearts and minds as it does within the darkness of the long winter nights.
In addition to providing a place to sit and “turn the light within,” the Village Zendo is a place to open our hearts and work with others to carry that vision forward into the world. This year Village Zendo members assembling with others, lit candles before the house of the governor to make a plea for clemency and mercy for those who have been long incarcerated. They participated in VZ workshops on racism and sat down to write letters that have now blossomed into a correspondence with incarcerated people throughout the country.
We ask you to reflect on all that the Village Zendo has meant to you and our community, then to contribute generously so that we can carry on together. The survival of a small religious institution in costly lower Manhattan can never be taken for granted. Our rental costs rise year after year, and though our membership continues to grow, we depend on a generous response to our fundraising appeals in order to meet our rising costs while we do everything we can to hold the line on fees.
Has this been a good year for you financially? Then please open your heart and give generous support to an institution that supports your life. Have you been struggling financially? Then please know that whatever you are able to give will be accepted with deep gratitude. Your continued presence and financial support are vital both to the life of our community and to its continued existence. On behalf of all the Village Zendo teachers, we wish you a joyous holiday season and thank you for the support that makes it possible for us to carry on our practice both within ourselves and in the world.
In deep gassho,
Enkyo Roshi and Joshin Sensei
Roshi Bernie Glassman Zen Peacemaker Order Vision Tour 2015
At The Village Zendo with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara
Bernie Glassman is on an international tour of US and European cities to share his vision for the Zen Peacemaker Order.
He will speak about the Three Tenets of the Order: not-knowing, bearing witness, and the loving action coming out of not-knowing and bearing witness. He will discuss the ZPO as world-wide spiritual movement of social action as spiritual practice, bearing witness retreats at places of trauma around the world, forms of practice for individual and collective enlightenment, and how we can live our lives with openness and wonder.
Roshi Enkyo O’Hara will relate his overarching vision to the unique location, community, interests and challenges at the Village Zendo.
The event is open to the public. Q&A will follow.
Roshi Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peacemakers.
Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara serves as Abbot of the Village Zendo. She received priest ordination from Maezumi Roshi and Dharma Transmission and Inka from Bernie Glassman. Roshi is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual and social action association. Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.
at The Grail, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York
July 24th – August 23rd
Schedule for Registration
Registration is open as follows:
April 6: – for anyone attending the full retreat (July 24 – August 23) and for anyone taking Jukai
April 15: for Formal Students of the Village Zendo
April 27: for Members of the Village Zendo
May 6: for everyone
We encourage you to register early as space is limited.
ALL, July 24 – August 23 (Members $1,600; Non-Members $1,950)
Please note that rates for the full retreat apply to those in residence for the retreat in its entirety.
Dai Sesshin, July 24 – Aug 2 (Members $975; Non-Members $1050)
Precepts Study, Aug 4 – 9 (Members $650; Non-Members $700)
Precepts Study and Jukai Ceremony, for those taking the Precepts ($950)
Zen Arts: The Way of Clay, Aug 12 – 14 (Members $375; Non-Members $425)
Zen Poetry with Enkyo Roshi, Aug 14 – 16 (Members $400; Non-Members $475)
Zen Arts: Both Clay and Poetry, Aug 12 – 16 (Members $725; Non-Members $825)
Cicada Sesshin, Aug 18 – 23 (Members $675; Non-Members $750)
Registration: 2015 Summer Ango Registration Form
Information about the Grail retreat house and travel instructions: www.thegrailatcornwall.org