VZ Retreat (Half-)Day in Person

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.

Detailed schedule: https://villagezendo.org/events/song-of-enlightenment-winter-sesshin/

Service: Jewel Mirror (Dec)

The Dharma of thusness
Is intimately conveyed by Buddhas and Ancestors
Now you have it
Keep it well

Starting in December, we plan chant the “Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness” (PDF) along with the Women Ancestors as our service so it can settle more fully into our bodies, minds, and bones.  Hope you’ll be able to participate.

Householder Koans (now: Oct 24)

Study, now October 24: 9:30 am – 11:00 am,  The Book of Householder Koans by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao.  Jo-Ei will facilitate our investigation of “Kit’s New Practice” (p. 233). We’ll be exploring various ways to engage with this koan.  All are welcome!

Also, we’re considering other books to continue our shared study.  Please bring any suggestions to this study meeting.

  • Sept 24: updated with the specific koan on page 233.
  • Oct 11: date shifted to Oct 24.

Householder Koans (Sept 19)

Study, September 19: 9:30 am – 11:00 am,  The Book of Householder Koans by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao.  We’ll focus on the Koan “Ariel: Modern Nirvana” (p. 217). We’ll be exploring various ways to engage with this and other koans.  Is there a koan that resonates with you? If so, go ahead and bookmark the page, as we are exploring many of these koans.

August

Dear friends!  This August will be a quiet time at Oxbow Zen in terms of events, with Village Zendo events, as people are traveling and/or connecting with friends and family, etc.  The email list should have details in case we don’t expect a quorum for our regular Sunday morning online sit.  Make sure you’re signed up (send us email to be added to the list).

Householder Koans (July 11)

Study:  July 11, 2021, 9:30 am – 11:00 am,  The Book of Householder Koans by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao. We will focus on one koan, Myonen: White Wolf, p. 225. We’ll be exploring various ways to engage with this and other koans.  Is there another koan in the same section that resonates with you? If so, go ahead and bookmark the page, as we may explore other koans, time permitting.