affiliate sanghas

Here is information about programs and meeting groups composed of other Buddhist sanghas that share the space at Brooklyn Zen Center.

Love Circle Sangha

New York Insight People of Color

Dharmapunx NYC


Love Circle Sangha

2nd Sunday: 2-5pm
4th Saturday: 12:30-3:30pm (with fellowship during community lunch from 12:30-1:30)

Love Circle Sangha is a composite of three practice groups from the Tiếp Hiện/Zen Vietnamese Buddhist tradition. The sangha is a commitment to offering safe space for people of color and allies who are actively engaged in embodying a holistic approach towards anti-oppression work. We seek to be a refuge where people can alleviate suffering by practicing and studying the dharma together, and honoring indigenous traditions within our earth-based practice of Buddhism.

The Love Circle Sangha (or community that gathers) meets to sit in mindful meditation, practice walking meditation, deep relaxation or “movement” based meditation. In addition to shared reading and conversation, followed by a dharma share where anyone who chooses can share authentically from the heart their experiences in mindfulness, a recent story from their life’s journey, etc with a community of compassionate listeners. The Love Circle Sangha is committed to acting as a safe space for POC community, in addition is a safe space for all to share the practice of loving-kindness, mindful listening and a compassion rooted in honest communication and understanding.

Including the traditions and practices of our community within the context of shared mindfulness, compassion and deep listening (Thich Nhat Hanh Zen Tradition) is a principle mission of our Sangha. Members of community are often invited to share a song, reading, physical mediation or contribute to the gathering from their own tradition or practice honoring our diversity within community in addition to or oneness/interbeing.

At the close of each session tea and light refreshments are offered in a “potluck” tradition, and a dana (humble offering) is requested to support the rental of the space.

For more information please visit our facebook page here and message us or send your questions to


New York Insight Brooklyn People of Color and Allies

2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month, from 7:00-9:00pm

NYI Brooklyn POC and Allies group was founded by Sebene Selassie and joshua bee alafia in June 2010. The group is for people of color and allies and is based in Brooklyn. The intention was to offer a weekly space and therefore more practice opportunities for the large Brooklyn-based New York Insight POC community. After earlier discussions with the main Brooklyn Sangha about how to create more diversity, it was decided to create a POC group that included allies.

NYI Brooklyn POC and Allies meets at Brooklyn Zen Center the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month, from 7:00-9:00pm. 45 minutes of meditation begins promptly at 7:00pm, followed by teaching and discussion from 7:45-9:00pm.

For more information please visit our facebook page here and message us, or contact Joshua at 917-513-2949.


Dharmapunx NYC presents ‘Against the Stream’ (ATSDPX)

Sundays 6:00-7:30pm 

There will be no group meetings May 21 nor May 28dharmapunx

This freely-offered weekly group includes guided meditation, talk, and discussion in an early Buddhist-inspired setting. This group is led by Eloise Mayton of Against the Stream, Dharmapunx NYC, and the Transbuddhist Collective.

ATSDPX focuses on providing a welcoming context to engage Buddhist teachings and practices in community in order to meaningfully improve quality of life. The group offers mindfulness, concentration, and heart-practice based meditation instruction while also discussing the parts of Buddhist practice that might take place ‘off the cushion’. ATSDPX emphasizes utilizing self-care tools as well as building relationships and connecting meaningfully with others as part of the healing path. This group is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Eloise Mayton is a Brooklyn-based meditation teacher and mental health professional. They* are empowered to offer Buddhist meditation groups by Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and offer classes and workshops throughout the country. They continue to train with Against the Stream and are currently studying Buddhist and attachment theory based one-on-one mentoring with George Haas of Mettagroup and Joanna Harper of ATS. Eloise is currently working towards a Masters of Clinical Social Work at NYU and interns at a Brooklyn LGBTQ mental health organization offering individual and group therapy. They are also a lead organizer with the Transbuddhist Collective (

*Eloise is a transfeminine person and uses they/them pronouns when referred to in the third person. Eloise is also queer-identified.

Freely offered / donations accepted.

Suggested donation: $10 or more

All are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, please contact:


phone: (404) 895-1487