Beginning Jan 11: Series of Talks on the Ox-Herding Pictures

Heart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road
Ridgewood, NJ


The Ox-Herding Pictures are a series of drawings originating in the Sung dynasty China (1126-1279 AD) depicting the spiritual journey and the process of enlightenment.

Beginning Sunday, January 11, Roshi Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts will give a series of talks on these meaningful and ancient drawings.  The talks and discussion will follow Zazen and begin at 11:00 and end at noon.

All are welcome.  Meditation instruction is offered at 9:00am and zazen from 9:00-11:00 in 30 minute periods.  You can come just for the talk.

Roshi's talks on then Oxherding Pictures will be available on YouTube. Click the YouTube tab on this website or go to and enter Heart Circle Sangha.

A donation of $10 is requested from non-members.

Jan 25: Monthly Zendo Cleaning

Heart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road
Ridgewood, NJ

11:30am - Noon

Samu practice in the form of zendo cleaning takes practice into our everyday life. Can we clean and remain mindful?

Samu will involve care of the altars, care of the cushions, and dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming. Samu is done in a mindful way, practicing with life's tasks, and in silence. It is a way to deepen your spiritual practice and provide a service to your community. Your contribution is deeply appreciated.

Feb 6-8: Just Here and Now Retreat 

Heart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road
Ridgewood, NJ

FRI, FEB 6: 7pm - 9pm
SAT, FEB 7: 8am - 8pm (lunch and dinner)
SUN, FEB 8: 8am - 11am (followed by Shosu Hossan and community lunch)

Clouds vanish and the sun appears-
The endless spring is revealed.
This is not a time of yin and yang.
Thus, no communication whatsoever is possible.
The truth is not like something.

Shuso Hossan for James Zuishin Shammas at 11:15am. Match wits with Zuishin in Dharma Combat. Shusan Hossan is a ceremony marking a student's becoming a Senior and taking on more responsibility for the Sangha and the Dharma. Community lunch at 12:30pm.

If you are just coming for the Shuso Hossan and lunch, no cost, but please bring a dish to share.
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Mar 15: Annual Board Meeting

Heart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road
Ridgewood, NJ

Heart Circle Sangha will hold their annual Board Meeting after regular Sunday sitting. All standing Members are welcome to attend.

Apr 24-30: Spring Retreat at The Grail