New Beginner’s Mind Experience group!

The next Beginner’s Mind Experience peer group starts on Monday, May 6! The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 1.

All new members at the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) are strongly encouraged to take part in the Beginner’s Mind Experience (BME), a 3-month introduction program to the various aspects of community practice at BZC.

As part of this program, members have the opportunity to join a peer practice group and experience various forms of wholehearted activity practice. BME participants also receive special rates on two introductory classes (discount available for one year): Meditation in Everyday Life (starting June 4!) and Introduction to Zen Buddhism.

The program provides members with a sense of the variety and intimacy of zen practice in the BZC community and also offer embodied experience with how we can engage these practices in our daily lives.

To take part in the Beginner’s Mind Experience you must be a BZC member. The registration deadline for the next BME group is Wednesday, May 1. In response to feedback received from our sangha, the new BME group will be meeting during week days.

More information and registration available here.

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine is a monthly group of Zen practitioners who identify, or are identified, as male coming 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 will be meeting on Sunday, April 28, 10am – 12:30pm. No registration required, no meditation experience necessary. Come as you are!

More information is available here.

Sesshin with Tenshin Reb Anderson in June

Tenshin Reb Anderson will be returning to Brooklyn Zen Center this year to lead a five-day sesshin (June 19 through 23). The sesshin will focus on Zen Practice and Buddha Activity and registration is now open. Scholarships for this offering are available – please apply by April 29.

This offering will likely fill out quickly, so register early to secure your spot.

Tenshin Reb Anderson is a visiting teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center and has been offering yearly five-day sesshins in our community for the past decade. Join us in the June sesshin and in welcoming Tenshin Reb Anderson back to Brooklyn!

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Audio dharma: Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 5, by Tenshin Reb Anderson

You can now listen to a new talk (Realizing Justice Face to Face – Part 5) by Brooklyn Zen Center visiting dharma teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, offered during the 2017 sesshin:

Realizing Justice Face to Face – Part 5 (05/14/2017)

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Audio dharma: Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 4, by Tenshin Reb Anderson

You can now listen to a new talk (Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 4) by Brooklyn Zen Center visiting dharma teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, offered during the 2017 sesshin:

Realizing Justice Face to Face – Part 4 (05/13/2017)

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Audio dharma: Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 3, by Tenshin Reb Anderson

You can now listen to a new talk (Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 3) by Brooklyn Zen Center visiting dharma teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, offered during the 2017 sesshin:

Realizing Justice Face to Face – Part 3 (05/12/2017)

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Audio dharma: Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 2, by Tenshin Reb Anderson

You can now listen to a new talk (Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 2) by Brooklyn Zen Center visiting dharma teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, offered during the 2017 sesshin:

Realizing Justice Face to Face – Part 2 (05/11/2017)

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Audio dharma: Realizing Justice Face to Face Part 1, by Tenshin Reb Anderson

You can now listen to a talk by Brooklyn Zen Center visiting dharma teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, offered during the 2017 sesshin:

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Sewing the rakusu

This month several Zen students will begin sewing rakusu, the small Buddha robe worn around the necks of lay practitioners and priests. In preparation for jukai – the ceremony where each will receive the Bodhisattva precepts – they will be sewing together from now through the summer. During this time they will take refuge in the Buddha, dharma and sangha with every stitch sewn. This is a joyous time of sangha support as we all take refuge with them in their vow to take up the Bodhisattva way of life.

Images by Byron Wollen, 2017.

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