New BZC Audio Dharma Talk

You can now listen to a talk by BZC senior dharma teacher Greg Snyder: What is Practice? Boundless grass and a forest of thorns (09/17/2016)

Click on the link to start playback in your browser. You may also right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) to download a talk directly to your computer.

 

Here’s a brief excerpt of the talk:

“When we are experiencing life right now at this moment, we have this huge mind that has all these people in it, and this room, and sound, cool air, and the whole Earth supporting us. All of this is going on – right now. But we think we’re just this little thing. And everybody else is somehow not us, even if our direct experience is that all of this is arising as this mind.”

For more dharma talks by Greg Snyder and other BZC and visiting teachers please visit our Audio Dharma page.

Stay tuned, as more previously recorded talks will become available in the next few weeks.

Our programs are given free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of this website.

New BZC Audio Dharma Talk

You can now listen to a talk by BZC senior dharma teacher Greg Snyder: Engaged Buddhism – Dharma as community practice (10/29/2016)

Click on the link to start playback in your browser. You may also right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) to download a talk directly to your computer.

This talk was offered by Greg Snyder after his trip to India, on October 2016, for a gathering of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists in celebration the 60th anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s conversion, and the birth of India Buddhist movement, widespread among Dalit communities.

During the conference, engaged Buddhists from traditional and western backgrounds reflected on aspects of Buddhism from their own social experience: dharma as empowerment; breaking down barriers between people; the implications of dharma for governance and civil society.

Greg’s written reflections on the conference are available here:

When a Million Buddhist Dalits Come to Town

When a Million Buddhist Dalits Come to Town, Part 2

For more dharma talks by Greg Snyder and other BZC and visiting teachers please visit our Audio Dharma page.

Stay tuned, as more previously recorded talks will become available in the next few weeks.

Our programs are given free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of this website.

New partnership between BZC and the Rubin Museum of Art

We are excited to announce a new partnership between BZC and the Rubin Museum of Art!
BZC members and followers can now use the name Brooklyn Zen Center at the Rubin Museum’s admissions to receive a $10 ticket (a $5 discount) for entrance to the museum from June 16 – September 4, 2017.  Please note that Friday evenings are always free at the Rubin.

The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts and cultural hub focusing on the connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas and neighboring regions. You can learn more about the Rubin’s many offerings here.

New BZC Audio Dharma Talk

You can now listen to a talk by BZC senior dharma teacher Greg Snyder: The role of Sangha (12/17/2016)

Click on the link to start playback in your browser. You may also right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) to download a talk directly to your computer.

 

Here’s a brief excerpt of the talk:

“Recently I have been overwhelmingly moved by sangha. We came out of a Rohatsu Sesshin recently, which is the retreat we do at the end of every year to celebrate Buddha’s enlightenment, representative of the entire practice period. There was just an enormous energy of courage and freedom. And so I have been thinking about that and feeling how nourishing that was for me, how encouraging that was for me.”

 

For more dharma talks by Greg Snyder and other BZC and visiting teachers please visit our Audio Dharma page.

Stay tuned, as more previously recorded talks will become available in the next few weeks.

Our programs are given free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of this website.

BZC’s Audio Dharma Updated

BZC’s Audio Dharma talks are back!

You can now listen to a talk by BZC guiding teacher Teah Strozer: The Meaning of Precepts (10/21/2016).

 

 

Here’s a brief excerpt of the talk:

“The foundation or true meaning of precepts is based on the various ways of understanding the one reality, which is always with you. The reality which is not divisible into three or 16 or 10 precepts. Tentatively, we divide and explain from various angles, but these are just words. Real precepts are beyond words. We can not talk about it. If we talk about it, it is already no longer precepts.”

For more dharma talks, from Teah Stozer and other BZC and visiting teachers, please visit our Audio Dharma page.

Stay tuned as more previously recorded talks will become available in the next few weeks.

Our programs are given free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of this website.

 

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine

June 25, 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Zen practitioners explore the construct of patriarchy.

On June 25, 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.

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

Death and Dharma: 2017 Summer Series

Co-hosted by Green-Wood Cemetery & Brooklyn Zen Center

Tuesday, June 20, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 15, September 19, 7:00-8:30 PM

What can we learn from Buddhist teachings about our own lives on earth? How might we understand the impermanence of life within the expanding universe? In what ways might death inform our relationships with strangers, loved ones, and our own selves? These questions are the inspiration for a new series of lectures and meditations presented by the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) and Green-Wood that explore the complexities of death, dying, and the hereafter.

Led by teachers from the BZC, each session will begin with an insightful discussion that highlights Buddhist teachings on life and death. Afterward, just around sunset, attendees will gather for meditation in the cemetery’s tranquil landscape. Whether you’re a practicing Buddhist or just someone looking to gain a little peace of mind, each session will offer thoughtful opportunities for reflection in the company of fellow seekers.

Please note that this is an off-site event, which will take place at the Green-Wood Cemetery at 500 25th Street, Brooklyn. The program will begin in the Modern Chapel, just to the right after passing through the Gothic Arches at the main entrance.

If you are unable to sit on the ground, you are strongly encouraged to bring a folding chair or cushion. Every effort will be made to choose a meditation site that is accessible for those with mobility issues.

See each event page for more information and for registration.

June 20: The Undying Mystery of Death
With BZC dharma teacher Greg Snyder
In the Buddhist worldview what we call a being is the continuous coming together and falling apart of countless conditions without anything permanent to be found. In this dynamic interplay of the universe presenting itself in this moment as a human life, how are we understand dying? What dies? How do we meet dying in a way that illuminates a life that forever remains an undying mystery?

July 18: Whistling Past The Graveyard
With Revs. Paco Lugoviña and Daiken Nelson
Two of the central Buddhist beliefs are Impermanence and our own demise—the Great Matter of Life & Death. How do we use those two tenets to guide us: to fuel & fire our Practice. Some examples from Zen history & stories will guide a discussion on practical application of this inspirational perspective.

July 25: Contemplation on Impermanence and the Illusory Nature of this Body
With Lama Justin von Bujdoss
A reflection on the fundamental Buddhist truth of impermanence.

August 1: Embracing Expansive Awareness
With Lama Justin von Bujdoss
Mixing the mind with space. Instruction on embracing radical presence from the mahamudra tradition.

August 15: Letting Death Become Us
With BZC visiting teacher Lama Rod Owens
Our greatest fear in life is dying. However, in order to embrace our dying we must fully embrace our living. How can this happen? Join Lama Rod as he explores liberation from fear of death by first liberating ourselves from our fear of truly living.

September 19: Preparing for a Good Death: Cultivating Clarity and Generating Great Bodhi Mind
With Rebecca Li
Buddha taught that death is usually experienced as suffering. The prospect of death is frightening to most people and the process can be the most physically and emotionally challenging experience of our life. What can we do to prepare for death to minimize the suffering we cause ourselves and others? The practice of cultivating clear awareness of all aspects of our experience and of generating great vows to help all beings will be discussed. No one knows when our journey on this earth will end and it is never too early to start preparing so that we can face death with dignity, peace, wisdom, and love when the time comes.

Undoing Whiteness and Oppression

The next meeting of the Undoing Whiteness and Oppression (UWO) group will take place June 10th, 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

The next meeting of FNZ will take place June 2nd, 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.

 

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 May 21, Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Zen Center.

More information available here.

Friday Night Zen

The next meeting of FNZ will take place May 19th, 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.

 

Taganyahu Gazaheng Swao in the News!

Taganyahu Gazaheng Swao was recently featured in an article on Inner Fields NY: The Eternal Way. Philosophies of Trickery, Simplicity and Equilibrium.

Taganyahu leads a Qigong class at the Brooklyn Zen Center on Tuesday mornings.

Taganyahu is a father of two boys and has been working with inner city youth since 2005 in the New York City public school system.  Through Capoeira Angola, music, and Qigong, he has empowered youths with resources to help them effectively deal with stress.  He is a bodyworker and graduated with a Master’s in Acupuncture in 2015.  His passion is working with children and his vision is for all inner city youth to have access to the healing arts of Yoga, Qigong and Tai Qi.

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.