Update 12/30: The plan to sit together in person has been canceled, due to concern about rising case numbers. Please join everybody at the Village Zendo sit online.
On Friday, Dec 31, we plan to sit and practice together in our space for the two morning blocks of the Village Zendo Year-End retreat: Zazen/Kinhin from 7:30-9:10 AM, then individual breakfast and work practice, continuing with Zazen/Kinhin from 10:30-12:00.
Update 12/19: If you have robes, you’re invited to wear them.
We enjoyed studying the Householder Koans. Starting on Sunday December 12 2021, we’ll be starting a new monthly study, centering on the “Song of Enlightenment” (Shodoka) (click to view), which is also the study text for the upcoming Village Zendo Winter Ango period (Dec 26 2021 – March 2022).
Practice at Oxbow Zen continues online. Study will continue on October 25. Several folks also sit with the Village Zendo on some mornings during the week — and the monthly Zazenkais offered by our mothership.
During this beautiful fall season, please also take the opportunity to experience the changing world in your own surroundings. Hugs and warm wishes!
An online Zazenkai with the Village Zendo will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 10AM – 3 PM. It will include 5 periods of Zazen, service, and a Dharma talk. Suggested donation: $30 (members), $50 (non-members). For further details, including the schedule and the Zoom link, please see the Village Zendo web site.
Fri Dec 6 – Sat Dec 7: Rohatsu: All-night sit to commemorate the Buddha’s awakening. All are welcome! Arrive between 8:10-8:20 PM when the building doors are open. We will conclude on Saturday morning at 7 AM.
Thu Dec 12: Fusatsu: Evening ceremony of atonement, awakening, and renewal. Starts at 5:30 PM, ends around 7:00 PM. Please arrive a few minutes early to set up the space, and settle in.
Sun Dec 15:Study at Magna House from 10AM – 11:30 AM, after the regular morning sit. Read the chapter on Linji/Rinzai in the study text “Making Zen Your Own” and share your reflections when we meet.
We’re excited to announce a very special event, namely an all night sit to celebrate the Buddha’s Enlightenment, called “Rohatsu” in our Japanese Zen tradition. It will take place in our new home at the Friends Meeting House! All are welcome!! On Rohatsu we commemorate the Budda’s enlightenment by doing as he did — sitting Zazen all night. Start: Friday December 6 evening (~ 8:15 PM) Ends: Saturday December 7 in the morning (~7 AM)
There will be a Dharma Talk by Soshin Hoshi. Short breaks for rest are included and a light meal will be served around the halfway point. Please join us! Help us celebrate this most important date on the Buddhist calendar. Please note that you may leave the building at any time, but there is no entry or re-entry after 8:15 PM
Fusatsu is an ancient ceremony of atonement, awakening, and new beginnings — recognizing and celebrating the circle of the year nearing its completion, and a new circle beginning. Making all fresh and new!
All are invited to throw themselves fully into it 😉
Mark your calendars! We are excited that Ryotan Sensei will be available for our Fall Zazenkai on Saturday October 26 2019. It will be a full day of practice, including Zazen, chanting service, shared oryoki meals, and an opportunity for private interview with a teacher.
As we are looking toward October, who is planning on participating in the October Zazenkai on Saturday Oct 26 2019? Contact us soon via email if you’re interested in participating.
If there is a particular service position you would like to practice at the Zazenkai, please indicate your wish. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me at email@example.com
On Thursday, August 1st, Soshin was given the role of Dharma Holder (Hōshi). A Dharma Holder is an Assistant Teacher, empowered to give informal interview. Soshin will now be available to help in the teaching here and with her sangha in the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts.
Hōshi translates as “teacher of dharma.” In our line, Maezumi Roshi began to use this term for a person who had completed koan study. Here at the Village Zendo, the title is given to one who is well-versed in the teachings, embodies them, and can share them. Hoshis continue their training while also offering interview to others.
Soshin began her studies at the Village Zendo in the early 2000s; she took Jukai in 2005 with the Dharma name 瑞Zuisho (Auspicious Happiness). In 2009 she ordained and received the Dharma name 窓真 SOSHIN (window of truth)
Soshin has studied with Roshi and the Village Zendo teachers, with Anraku Sensei in Northampton, and most recently with Ryotan Sensei both online and on his visits to the Pioneer Valley sangha. Thus, Ryotan joined Roshi in the empowerment.
At the Sep 30 Zazenkai, Ryotan Sensei invoked Ryokan’s poem
Maple leaf Falling down Showing front Showing back
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!