Welcome to our photo gallery where you can see the faces of Empty Hand, sharing zen practice and community together.

“Kaku’s Farewell Lunch 3.31.19”

Photo’s by Sue

On March 31, 2019 we gathered together to congratulate Kaku on receiving his recent Dharma Transmission, and to thank him for all he has done to help guide the sangha during his stay with us. We will miss him dearly, and we wish him all the best as he begins a new chapter in his remarkable life!

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“Manasia’s Sleight of Sound”

Photos by Frank

On Friday evening February 1st, 2019 Jeremy Tokuyu Manasia delighted the EHZC sangha with selections from his newly released CD "Sutra Book - Live at Small's".  

In this CD, Soto Zen Priest and “Widely recognized masterful pianist in the New York City jazz scene”, Tokuyu has taken several of our favorite Zen chants, and turned them into profound and crackling jazz piano pieces!  For more information about Jeremy Tokuyu Manasia click here.

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Yael Weiss Piano Recital for EHZC January 13, 2019

Photos by Frank

On January 13, 2019 prior to her tour, Yael Weiss was kind enough to treat the sangha to a preview of the launching of her global commissioning project, 32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World. For more information about her innovative project click here.

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Jukai with Kaku November 18, 2018

Photos by Sue and Glynn

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An Evening with Soten Neil Theise M.D. April 30, 2018

Dr. Neil Theise is a liver pathologist affiliated with multiple hospitals in New York City including Mount Sinai Beth Israel and a longtime member of the Village Zendo which is also in the City.  On Monday evening, April 30th 2018, his long experience as a research scientist came together with his decades long Zen practice to offer a riveting talk attempting to explain what cells, ant colonies, quantum foam and Buddha consciousness all have in common.  

His discussions of emergent phenomena challenged our perceptions of what seem to us top-down ordering hierarchies as really emerging from the bottom-up.  He further invited us to allow our notions of “thingness” to dissolve as we move through levels of scale.  Finally he drew support from quantum physics to posit that all that manifests and does not manifest in the world is not different than consciousness. 

Well, it was all very fascinating and prompted enthusiastic discussion long after the talk ended…way past some peoples' bed times.  We are truly grateful for Soten’s willingness to share with us his deep perspectives based on his vast experience of both Science and Zen.

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Dr. Neil Theise is a liver pathologist affiliated with multiple hospitals in New York City including Mount Sinai Beth Israel and a longtime member of the Village Zendo which is also in the City.  On Monday evening, April 30th 2018, his long experience as a research scientist came together with his decades long Zen practice to offer a riveting talk attempting to explain what cells, ant colonies, quantum foam and Buddha consciousness all have in common.  

His discussions of emergent phenomena challenged our perceptions of what seem to us top-down ordering hierarchies as really emerging from the bottom-up.  He further invited us to allow our notions of “thingness” to dissolve as we move through levels of scale.  Finally he drew support from quantum physics to posit that all that manifests and does not manifest in the world is not different than consciousness. 

Well, it was all very fascinating and prompted enthusiastic discussion long after the talk ended…way past some peoples' bed times.  We are truly grateful for Soten’s willingness to share with us his deep perspectives based on his vast experience of both Science and Zen.

 

Mushin Deb Wood, Soten Neil Theisse, and Kaku Robert Gunn

Mushin Deb Wood, Soten Neil Theisse, and Kaku Robert Gunn

Lot's of discussion afterwards.  That's Bruce's son, Jack, with Kaku.