Brooklyn Zen Center is a Soto Zen community in the tradition of San Francisco Zen Center’s founder, Shunryu Suzuki. The community’s founding students came from both San Francisco Zen Center and Austin Zen Center, where they studied with dharma teachers from both centers.
The mission of Brooklyn Zen Center is to cultivate an open community based on the Buddha’s teachings of love and interconnectedness. The formal name for our practice space is Koshin-ji, or Boundless Mind Temple. We continue to practice in our tradition with the belief that all beings are buddha.
Our head dharma teacher is Teah Strozer. Teah is a Zen Buddhist priest, dharma teacher, and lineage-holder in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman. Teah has been practicing meditation since 1967, lived at Tassajara Monastery for 11 years, and has studied directly under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Dainin Katagiri Roshi. In addition to Teah, other teachers visit BZC to teach and lead retreats throughout the year, with some returning regularly.
Zazen is regularly held throughout the week. Please check our meditation schedule to find out times. Our center is totally funded by donations, so your generosity is greatly appreciated. All are welcome and encouraged to join us.