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.

Apr 24-30: Spring Retreat at The Grail

119 Duncan Ave
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY 12520

Heart Circle Sangha offers an opportunity to deepen your practice with our spring sesshin. Sesshin is a retreat that provides an intensive meditation experience in the company and support of experienced Zen practitioners. If this is your first retreat, we will guide and support you through it.

Spring at the Grail is a beautiful time of year. We have kinhin (walking meditation) outside as the weather allows, and breathe in the energizing spring air while we walk along roads in glorious spring splendor. If warm enough we sit outside on the deck enjoying the flowers, new leaves and the birdsong.

We prepare and share delicious vegetarian meals together, oroyoki style. Afternoons we experience the Practice of Immediacy with art practice or meditation. There are many opportunities for personal interviews with Sensei and daily dharma talks to offer words of encouragement. Because the sesshin offers the opportunity to go deep, koan practice can be very rewarding in this environment. We also have Council practice during which we share our retreat experience.

Since meals will be oriyoki style, please bring your bowls. We have bowls available for rental ($20) or purchase ($40). For an insight into oryoki go to for an introduction or review.

If you are curious about the Practice of Immediacy check out the web page of Jikyo Roshi who created this practice: This practice helps one go beyond self imposed limitations. Following the flow of the present moment it fosters openness and exploration. It's fun! Please join us for all or part of this sesshin.

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