Our study of the Book of Householder Koans has been very rich. Many thanks to everybody for really showing up with openness and vulnerability.
The next study group will be taking place on March 28, 2021 following our usual sit. Kenko suggests we look at the Chapter entitled “Gates of Practice” and the Koan “Shishin: Golden Buddha“. We’ll be exploring various ways to engage with this and other koans in the same chapter. Is there another koan in this chapter that resonates with you? If so, go ahead and bookmark the page, as we may explore other koans, time permitting.
Our next study group will be taking place on February 28, 2021 following our usual sit. Jo-Ei suggests we look at the Chapter entitled “Gates of Practice” and the first Koan “Christina: How pathetic I am“. We’ll be exploring various ways to engage with this and other koans in the same chapter. Is there another koan in this chapter that resonates with you? If so, go ahead and bookmark the page, as we may explore other koans, time permitting.
Our next study group will be taking place on January 24, 2021 following our usual sit. We’ll be looking at “The Book of Householder Koans” by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao, beginning with the section on Loss, Illness, Old Age and Death and the koan: Karen: The Old Woman Meets a Fish. We’ll be exploring various ways to engage with this and other koans. Is there another koan in this section that resonates with you? If so, go ahead and bookmark the page, as we may explore other koans, time permitting.
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,
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!
The Oxbow Zen Sangha met for our (masked and distanced) second outdoor event. Zazen, a chanting service, and a long outdoor kinhin period were followed by group study of “White Fragility” and what it might suggest for our practice. Bows to all!
Our study of Janet Abels’ book “Making Zen Your Own” will continue on Sunday June 28, after the regular sit, from 9:30-11:00 AM. We will be discussing the relationship to our lives of Chapter 11, which is on Yunmen.
Exciting News! On Saturday, June 6, we will be having a half-day Zazenkai. Please note that change in the day of the week: Saturday, not Sunday. You are warmly invited to participate in all, or as much of, the day as is possible for you. The timing after the Dharma talk may shift a little depending on circumstances. Feel free to join whenever you can. Just mute your mic and settle in. We will share the Zoom link through the email list, as usual, or email us directly for details. Please mute yourself during Zazen and during the chants. You’ll hear the Ino and Doan. Chant along in your own home. Right now, interview opportunities are planned during Zazen after the talk and before Open Sozan. For those of you sitting with Oxbow Zen, if you’d like to request interview during the day, please let Soshin Hoshi know (firstname.lastname@example.org or send her a text). Questions? Don’t hesitate to be in touch. Looking forward to practicing with you, Kenko. Schedule:7:45 Connect your tech, connect with folks, settle into your seat.
8:00 Zazen (Jikido) 8:30 Verse of the Kesa (Doan) 8:35 Stretching/Break 8:40 Zazen 9:10 Stretching/Break
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.