Study: April 25, 2021, 9:30 am – 11:00 am, The Book of Householder Koans by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao. We will focus on Daian: The Climbing Rose Vine, p 29. We’ll be exploring various ways to engage with this and other koans. Is there another koan that resonates with you? If so, go ahead and bookmark the page, as we may explore other koans, time permitting.
Zoom + Outdoor Zazen Sunday 4/18 We are planning to have a combination of Zoom and outdoor Zazen on Sunday 4/18 (weather permitting). Outdoor Zazen will be in Shokai’s garden in Southampton. For Zoomers, the start time may be modified, but otherwise, the Zoom Zendo as usual. Please watch for more information.
Year End Retreat — Village Zendo, Being Time — Virtual Winter Sesshin, December 26 – December 31
The Village Zendo’s annual Winter Retreat has always held special significance as we conclude one year and welcome the next. This year, the invitation to a deeper letting go is all the more urgent when it is clear that big changes are in store for us. More information here.
Oxbow Zen Sangha Meeting — Sunday, January 10th, 9:30 am – 11:00 am,
Study: Sunday, January 24th, 9:30 am – 11:00 am, The Book of Householder Koans (also from your local book store) by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao. The discussion will focus on one koan, to be announced.
- How do you experience each of these “Realms” and “Steps?”
- What are their qualities, for you?
- Are there specific practices that support you in taking particular “Steps”?
- What words or images do you find helpful in communicating the qualities of each “Realm”?
Today, we enjoyed a wonderful sit with seven people in our new Zendo at the Friends Meeting House, including an opportunity for private interview with Soshin Hoshi. Settling in…
Note the change in date for the next Study: It will take place on December 15, for about 1.5 hours after the boring sit. We will focus on the great teacher Linji/Rinzai (Chapter 6 of the book “Making Zen Your Own” by Janet Abels).
You are warmly invited to participate. You don’t have to have participated in any of the prior study meetings. Just read and reflect on the chapter before the meeting, exploring its relationship to your own Zen Life today.
Bodhisattvas! Fellow Dharma friends! Dear Sangha community!
Our current Sunday morning lease at the Upstairs Studio completes at the end of the month. Next Sunday, May 27, marks—for now—the last Oxbow Zen sit at the Upstairs Studio. Come June the Sunday sit will move to Magna House.
The Upstairs Studio has been the home of our Sunday morning sit for a number of years. On May 27 we’ll be setting aside some time for sitting in a Council Circle: speaking and listening together from the heart, as this particular outer form of the sitting location changes. Please consider participating, perhaps sharing brief appreciation, anecdotes, feelings, silence, questions, wonderings, …, as each arises in the moment.
Looking forward to coming together in Council!
You are warmly invited to a Sangha Meeting on April 8, to connect and explore how to support our practice together. Email for details. Looking forward to seeing you!
Starting in February we will be following this monthly schedule:
1st Sunday – Speaking Sunday (Dharma Talk and Study)
2nd Sunday – Service Sunday
3rd Sunday – Simple Sunday (seated Heart Sutra)
4th Sunday – Service Sunday
5th Sunday – Silent Sunday (no chanting)
Check out the online Calendar to confirm specific events on specific dates.
At the Sep 30 Zazenkai, Ryotan Sensei invoked Ryokan’s poem
as an invitation to look deeply into this mind.
Three full bows in gratitude to Ryotan Sensei for making the trip to share the teaching with the Oxbow Zen Sangha!
And, as always, many thanks to the many hands that create and maintain the container in which we can settle deeply into whole-hearted practice. Very special thanks to Shokai and Mark for their hospitality!
The Village Zendo Shuso Sesshin takes place from Aug 15-22 2017. Once again videos of the Dharma Talks will be publicly available through Facebook at facebook.com/VillageZendo/ Watch them live or watch them later!