New Year’s Eve at BZC

Please join us on Tuesday evening, December 31st for our 7th annual New Year’s Eve sit and celebration.

The evening will start at 8pm and will include a period of zendo cleaning, a meal of noodle soup, and three periods of zazen leading up to midnight. The sit is filling up quickly so please register soon if you would like to attend.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Winter Interim Schedule

Please note that our regular weekday meditation schedule will be suspended during the winter interim period (December 12th through January 10th), and we will be following a Saturday-only schedule during this time. On these Saturdays, we won’t be having zazen instruction or a community lunch.

The schedule will be as follows:

10:00am Doors open

10:20am Zazen

10:50 am Kinhin (walking meditation)

11:00 am Zazen

11:30am End

Our regular schedule will resume on Saturday, January 11th, with our full Saturday program.

 

Membership Drive Update

Dear sangha,

We are so grateful and happy to report that 81 new and returning members have shown their generosity by pledging for 2014! Thank you so much!  We have just 4 bright lights left to make our goal, and only a few days left to do it! Please consider making a pledge at whatever amount is possible for you. Membership helps us to budget for the entire year, supporting our programs, staff, and operating needs. Current members who have not yet renewed for 2014, we hope we can count on you for another year! Potential new members, we hope you join us for the fun. With your help, we can reach our goal.

We are also happy to report that 16 members have taken the “108 at 108” pledge, committing to support the Zen Center at at least $108 dollars per month, deeply strengthening our financial sustainability for the next five years. Thank you for doing so, and if you haven’t yet – consider becoming a 108’er yourself!

Sign up today!

Each week of the drive, we’ve featured another of BZC’s bright lights and asked them why they became members. 

For our final week: meet Caitlin Burnham!

CaitlinMember since May, 2013.

 In her words:

 I don’t think I would have lasted a week in New York City if it weren’t for Brooklyn Zen Center. It continues to be the place in the city where I feel most at home. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the way I have been enveloped in the sangha’s support. Accepting the opportunity to support this community is a way for me to support life. Through Zen practice, I find myself becoming more and more alive. I feel more and more human. I cannot think of anything more worthy of support. 

Please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership today!

You can sign up HERE.

Thank you for shining your light in our community, and for supporting the Center that supports you. Your gift is so deeply appreciated.

 With gratitude,

 Yael Shy and Ian Case (Membership Co-Chairs)

 

 

 

Fall Practice Period Public Talks

As part of the fall practice period at Brooklyn Zen Center, head student Laura O’Loughlin will be giving three dharma talks at BZC over the next couple months. The first one will be this Saturday, October 19th, at 11am as part of our regular Saturday program. Zazen starts at 10:20am and the talk will follow. All are welcome.

Laura will also give talks on Saturday, November 2nd and 16th, also at 11am.

Teah Strozer will be giving talks on Saturday, October 26th and November 23rd.