beginner’s mind peer group kickoff meeting registration

All new members at the Brooklyn Zen Center are strongly encouraged to take part in the Beginner’s Mind Experience, a three-month program that gives an introduction to Brooklyn Zen Center’s offerings along with the opportunity to connect with peers. Each three-month program begins with a kick-off meeting.

A new BME program will start in May! See below for the complete calendar of meetings.

To take part in the Beginner’s Mind Experience, you must be a BZC member. Not a member yet? Click here. Questions? Email

Here are some things you can expect from the Beginner’s Mind program.

  • Including the kickoff meeting, all participants will meet in a practice group once a month over three months, led by a senior student.
  • A second meeting will introduce different practice roles at Brooklyn Zen Center – working in the kitchen, ringing bells for meditation, and greeting guests visiting the center.
  • A special discount on introductory classes will be offered to participants (discount available for one year).
  • New members will be encouraged to explore other offerings at BZC including: weekly zazen, practice discussion, and dharma offerings.

Questions? Email

Below are the dates and times of the upcoming Beginner’s Mind Experience peer group meetings. Please consider whether you can make the meetings before you register.

Peer Group 8 – May/June/July- Register here

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Kickoff gathering: Monday, May 6, 6:30-8pm
Wholehearted Activity gathering: Monday, May 20, 6:30-8pm
Peer-group gathering: Friday, May 31, 6:30-8pm
Wholehearted Activity gathering: Saturday, June 15, 1:30-3pm
Wholehearted Activity gathering: Sunday, July 21, 2-3:30pm
Closing Peer-group gathering: Saturday, July 27, 9-10am