A new dharma talk by BZC dharma teacher and senior priest Kosen Greg Snyder is now available!
The Beginner’s Mind Experience (BME) is a program that introduces newcomers to the various aspects of community practice at BZC. The Spring 2020 BME program starts on Monday, March 2!
As part of this program, participants have the opportunity to join a peer practice group, try practice discussion, experience various forms of wholehearted activity practice, and, if you are a BZC member, receive special rates on introductory classes (valid for one year). Our intention is that this program provides participants 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.
The registration deadline for the Spring 2020 BME program is Friday, February 28, at midnight.
More information and registration available here.
This fall, we studied these lines from the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi: “Turning away and touching are both wrong, for it is like a massive fire.” How do we live in a climate literally aflame, our collective nerves firing with patriarchal and racial hatred? This poem of 1,200 years offers a simple guidance: don’t be consumed by it, don’t ignore it. There’s a mystery in the midst of it all—one that we can find together.
– Ryan Lee Wong, Undoing Patriarchy Co-Facilitator, Co-Shika
As the year comes to an end, we look back at the life of our sangha for the past 12 months. Together we sat retreats, inaugurated a new monastery, made origami paper cranes, sewed rice field patterns, walked in the forest, prepared oryoki meals and made vows to live for the liberation of all beings. As we enter into a new year (and a new decade!), we look forward to continuing to practice together – in Brooklyn, at Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery and in the world.
The 2019 End of Year Campaign for Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) is an opportunity for you to express your support for our community by taking up the socially healing practice of dana (generosity). Our sangha has tremendous spiritual strength that we need to match with an equivalent financial strength. We invite each of you to engage in this powerful ritual of care by offering a financial contribution to BZC.
NOTE: The BZC 2019 End of Year Campaign is now over. You can donate to BZC at any time here. …
A dharma talk by BZC’s Tanto (Head of Practice), Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan, is now available! This is the first talk offered by Shokuchi at Brooklyn Zen Center.
A new audio dharma talk by BZC’s root teacher Teah Strozer is now available!
On June 10, 2019, we became stewards of fourteen acres of land in Millerton, NY, where we are together working to bring Sōshinji 宗心寺, Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery, into being.
We are exceedingly fortunate to be able to practice together with the land, our ancestors, and all living beings in the beautiful Hudson River valley where silence and activity exist in marvelous balance. We welcome, want, and affirm all who come here in search of freedom from habits that cause suffering and who will work toward cultivating compassion for all, across our many differences. If you are interested in applying for a weekend visit or for a short-term or long-term residence, please fill out the respective application and send it to email@example.com.
More information on Sōshinji 宗心寺, Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery, is available here.