Here is information about programs and meeting groups composed of other Buddhist sanghas that share the space at Brooklyn Zen Center.
Love Circle Sangha
2nd Sunday: 2-5 p.m.
4th Saturday: 2-5 p.m.
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.
New York Insight Brooklyn People of Color and Allies
2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month, from 7-9 p.m.
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 is to offer a bi-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.