Dear Friends and Sangha Members,
In times that are as difficult and unsettled as these, the refuge of the Dharma feels all the more precious to our troubled hearts. We realize once again, with greater clarity, how fortunate we are to be able come together as a community in an atmosphere of peace, gentleness and quiet contemplation.
This year, as in years past, we’ll have an opportunity to express our appreciation on Work for Dharma Day, the Village Zendo’s annual Spring fundraiser, which will be held on Tuesday, May 16. On this day the members of our sangha, our extended sangha and our many friends and well-wishers will join their efforts in support of an institution that provides us with an oasis of calm in the midst of a troubled and unstable world.
On Work for Dharma Day we donate all or a portion of what we earn that day to the Village Zendo. Although we come from different backgrounds and walks of life, we all share an equal commitment to supporting the Village Zendo, an institution that does so much to support our lives.
Thanks to our sangha’s generosity, we are able to maintain our Zendo on lower Broadway and to offer meditation and other activities on a six-day-a-week schedule. From our Manhattan location we have been able to reach out over the years and share the Dharma in communities across the country.
Currently, there are independent Zen centers run by Enkyo Roshi’s successors in Northampton, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sedona, Arizona, La Paz, Bolivia and at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. There are affiliate centers run by VZ senior students in Hyannis and Provincetown, Massachusetts, plus the “No Barriers” affiliate in Washington, DC dedicated to making the Dharma available to people with disabilities.
Won’t you help sustain us by contributing to the best of your ability? We gratefully appreciate donations of any size. You may mail your donation to the Village Zendo, or if you prefer, you may make your donation online by clicking here. By working for the Dharma on May 16, you will make it possible for us to share the Dharma for many years to come.
Randall Ryotan Eiger, Sensei
Sinclair Shinryu Thomson, Sensei