In his talk, Kenko shares experiences with “Condo Board Practice,” explores the teachings of Master Hogen and the two monks rolling up the blinds, and considers the large boulders we sometimes carry around in our minds.
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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 in the not-too-distant future. Join the Zendo Online Donate to Support VZ
In his Dharma talk, “What is the Business Beneath the Patched Robe?” Mukei examines how the 6th and 42nd Zen Patriarchs can help us to live into our True Self.
Exploring case 43 of the Book of Serenity, Soten explores experiences of impermanence of material existence and how deepening Zen practice can reveal them. Can a leopard change its spots? You bet! Find out how!
In his Dharma talk Kojin explores how Sangha can be a powerful instrument for realizing interdependence. Then, as we understand ourselves as interconnected, the Sangha—and our relationship to the entire world—can become a practice for interdependence in action. Recorded September 2nd, 2021.
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In his talk, Ryoshin talks about a withered tree,
practice, and realizing the Dharma in our lives.
Kansho acknowledges that sometimes
Zazen can feel difficult or uncomfortable.
That puts you in good company — our Buddha Ancestors,
and the Sangha that you support, and who supports you.
In her talk, Yugetsu brings up the koan “Sen-jo and Her Soul Are Separated.” She highlights that Sen-jo’s story of separation and longing provides fertile ground to deepen our awareness of who we are in the intimate morass and miracle of our lives. Recorded Thursday July 5th, 2021.
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Kojin talks on case 40 of the Blue Cliff Record, “Nansen’s It’s Like a Dream.” In this koan, Nansen points to the flower and says, “People these days see this flower as if in a dream.” Kojin gently encourages us to explore what this dream is, and asks us, once we’ve noticed this dream, what need is there to even wake up?
In her dharma talk, Seicho explores relationship as the “truest truth,” which frees us when our perceived truths differ. From Bodhidharma and Emperor Wu (Case 2, Book of Serenity) to Somatic Abolition, she reflects on meeting in truth as a dharma gate for healing trauma and conflict.