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Undoing Whiteness and Oppression

The next meeting of the Undoing Whiteness and Oppression (UWO) group will take place May 6th, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

UWO is a monthly group of Zen practitioners who identify or are identified as white to explore the racial construct of whiteness, how we grasp the identity and the privilege integral to it, and how we might divest from these entanglements so we are freed to skillfully address the pain and suffering caused by them.

More information available here.

POC & Allies Rolling Retreat to the People’s Climate March, April 29

Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, as well as BZC’s co-founders and teachers Greg Snyder and Laura O’Loughlin, will be teaching in one of the Rolling Retreat buses traveling from NYC to D.C.’s People’s Climate March on April 29th. This is a special, POC and Indigenous-centered bus that welcomes allies committed to social and climate justice. You can find more information here and buy tickets here.

The Beginner’s Mind Experience: New peer-group starting in May

The Beginner’s Mind Experience (BME) is a 3-month program for all BZC members. As part of this program, members have the opportunity to join a peer practice group, have private practice discussions with teachers, and also receive discounts on introductory classes. In addition, during these three months, members will be introduced to the various wholehearted activity practices in the kitchen, the meditation hall and for care taking in the community.

The next BME program will begin on Saturday, May 6, and will run through July. The registration deadline is May 3, 2017. Find more information, including a full schedule of meeting dates, here. Questions? Email us at membership@brooklynzen.org.

Please note that you must be a member of BZC to participate; you can become a member here.

Dharma talk by Lama Rod Owens

The April 23rd meeting of the BZC People of Color Sangha will include a dharma talk by visiting teacher Lama Rod Owens.

About Lama Rod Owens

Officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Rod is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Sangha, a teacher with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School where he focuses on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spirit Magazine, and the book Real World Mindfulness for Beginners were he contributed the chapter on working with anger and difficult emotions. He is also heavily engaged in social change work and has co-authored a book with Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah entitled Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. His current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality.

Find out more information about the BZC People of Color Sangha here.

Friday Night Zen

The next meeting of FNZ will take place April 7th, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Brooklyn Zen Center.

Friday Night Zen is a space for aspiring and seasoned meditators alike to connect and explore how meditation and mindfulness relate to daily urban living. No previous experience required!

More information available here.

 

Undoing Whiteness and Oppression

The next meeting of the Undoing Whiteness and Oppression (UWO) group will take place April 8th, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

UWO is a monthly group of Zen practitioners who identify or are identified as white to explore the racial construct of whiteness, how we grasp the identity and the privilege integral to it, and how we might divest from these entanglements so we are freed to skillfully address the pain and suffering caused by them.

More information available here.

Friday Night Zen

FNZ is meeting this Friday, March 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

Friday Night Zen is a space for aspiring and seasoned meditators alike to connect and explore how meditation and mindfulness relate to daily urban living. No previous experience is required!

More information available here.

 

BZC People of Color Sangha

The Brooklyn Zen Center People of Color Sangha fosters mutual support and understanding among people of color who find nourishment and inspiration in the teachings and practice of Buddhism. The group’s intention provides a safe, brave and cherished space supported by a Soto Zen Buddhist context to openly discuss our experiences living and navigating oppressive, racial, biased, social structures.

The next BZC POC Sangha meeting will happen March 26, Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Zen Center.

More information available here.

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine

Feb 26, 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Zen practitioners explore the construct of patriarchy.

This Sunday, at the Brooklyn Zen Center, a group of Zen practitioners who identify, or are identified, as male will come together to explore the construct of patriarchy, its impact on our lives, our communities, and to work towards developing our sacred masculine identities; those dynamic and restorative aspects of masculinity that strengthen our ability to cultivate wisdom, compassion and community. Together, we will contemplate what the cost of patriarchy has been for the lives of everyone along the gender spectrum: How does patriarchy obstruct the expression of a sacred masculine identity? Could the expression of a sacred masculine identity lie at the heart of undoing the violence of patriarchy in our sanghas and communities?

The group has been holding regular meetings since August 2016, after coming together in a two-day workshop lead by Greg Snyder, BZC senior dharma teacher, and Lama Rod, a teacher in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

This is an open sangha group and everyone is welcome.

Contributions/Dana: The custom of Dana, or generosity, is fundamental to Buddhist practice. All Dana goes to support the Center and teachers and is essential for the continuation of the community and practice.

The next gathering will take place at BZC on April 23.

For further inquiries, please contact us at sacredmanfam@gmail.com

Awake Youth Project Returns!

For teens aged 13-19! The application deadline for AYP 12-Week Spring Internship Program has been extended!

January welcomed the return of Awake Youth Project’s after-school drop-in sessions, Wednesdays 4-6 p.m., continuing to Feb. 22. We will now enter into AYP’s 12-Week Spring Internship Program, Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6 p.m., beginning Feb. 27 to May 24.

The Spring Internship application deadline has been extended until Feb. 10! Applications received after this date will be placed on our waitlist.

Awake Youth Project introduces teens to a path of mindfulness and meditation to transform harmful behavior, deepen emotional awareness and live in accordance with their most authentic aspirations

For info on AYP programs, to donate, and get involved, please visit us here, or email us at info@awakeyouth.org.