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New BZC Audio Dharma Podcast episode by Teah Strozer (12/09/2016)

A new dharma talk by BZC’s root teacher Teah Strozer is now available!

Dharma talk by Teah Strozer (12/09/2016)

Spring 2020 Beginner’s Mind Experience group!

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.

New BZC Audio Dharma Podcast episode by by David Loy – Ecodharma: a new Buddhist path?

A new dharma talk by Zen teacher and author David Loy is now available, covering Buddhist teachings and ecology

Ecodharma: a new Buddhist path? – Dharma talk by David Loy (11/10/2019)

BZC Audio Dharma Podcast: new talk by Kosen Greg Snyder

A new dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder is now available.

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder (10/12/2019)

Words and Sights of Sangha Life

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

BZC Audio Dharma Podcast: new talk by Ian Case

A new dharma talk by Ian Case is now available! Ian was the shusso (head student) during the 2019 fall practice period at Brooklyn Zen Center.

Dharma talk by Ian Case (10/26/2019)

2019 at BZC: A Year in Pictures

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.

BZC 2019 End of Year Campaign

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. …

New talk by BZC’s Tanto, Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan

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.

Dharma talk by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan (06/23/2018)

New audio dharma talk by Teah Strozer: Lay Practice Liberation Through The Urban Nest

A new audio dharma talk by BZC’s root teacher Teah Strozer is now available!

Dharma talk by Teah Strozer: Lay Practice Liberation Through The Urban Nest (10/02/2017)

You can subscribe here to the Brooklyn Zen Center Audio Dharma Podcast and never miss a beat! We also invite you to rate and write a review of the BZC Audio Dharma Podcast on iTunes. Thank you!

News from Sōshinji 宗心寺, Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery

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 Monasteryinto 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 ahzmdirector@brooklynzen.org.

More information on Sōshinji 宗心寺Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery, is available here.

New audio dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Hindrances

A new audio dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin, dharma teacher and senior lay practitioner at Brooklyn Zen Center offered during the Rohatsu sesshin last year:

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Hindrances (12/13/2018)

You can subscribe here to the Brooklyn Zen Center Audio Dharma Podcast and never miss a beat! We also invite you to rate and write a review of the BZC Audio Dharma Podcast on iTunes. Thank you!

New audio dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder

A new audio dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder, dharma teacher and senior priest at Brooklyn Zen Center.

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder (09/07/2019)

You can subscribe here to the Brooklyn Zen Center Audio Dharma Podcast and never miss a beat! We also invite you to rate and write a review of the BZC Audio Dharma Podcast on iTunes. Thank you!

Dharma talk by Teah Strozer: Keep a Cool Head (2017/10/20)

A new audio dharma talk by BZC’s root teacher Teah Strozer is now available!

Dharma talk by Teah Strozer: Keep a Cool Head (2017/10/20)

You can subscribe here to the Brooklyn Zen Center Audio Dharma Podcast and never miss a beat! We also invite you to rate and write a review of the BZC Audio Dharma Podcast on iTunes. Thank you! …

Jukai Ceremony at BZC

On October 13, at the end of a three-day sesshin at Brooklyn Zen Center, several members of our sangha formally received and acknowledged the sixteen bodhisattva precepts in a ceremony called Jukai.

The ceremony was the culmination of an engaged period of study and practice with the bodhisattva precepts, during which the ordinands sewed their rakusus, the small Buddha robe worn by lay practitioners and priests.

During the ceremony, teachers and sangha members, as well as family and friends, gathered to support them and witness their vows.

Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice (2019/02/02)

A new audio dharma talk by teachers Laura O’Loughlin and Sebene Selassie is now available!

Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice (2019/02/02)

You can subscribe here to the Brooklyn Zen Center Audio Dharma Podcast and never miss a beat! We also invite you to rate and write a review of the BZC Audio Dharma Podcast on iTunes. Thank you! …

New dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin on karma (2018/09/15)

A new audio dharma talk by teacher Laura O’Loughlin is now available!

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin on karma (2018/09/15)

You can subscribe here to the Brooklyn Zen Center Audio Dharma Podcast and never miss a beat! We also invite you to rate and write a review of the BZC Audio Dharma Podcast on iTunes. Thank you! …

New audio dharma by Yoko Ohashi

Dharma talk with Yoko Ohashi (04/20/2019)

You can subscribe to the BZC Audio Dharma Podcast here and listen to the 120 audio dharma talks already made available. You can listen and download BZC’s dharma talks, as well as share them on social media.

New audio dharma by Greg Snyder – 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin: Day 1

A new audio dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder is now available! This talk was offered during the 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin at Brooklyn Zen Center. Registrations for this year’s Sesshin are now open – register early and secure your spot.

Dharma talk with Greg Snyder (12/12/2018)

The BZC audio dharma talks are now available via a brand new podcast! You can subscribe to the BZC Podcast here and listen to the 120 audio dharma talks already made available. You can listen and download BZC’s dharma talks, as well as share them on social media.

New audio dharma by Laura O’Loughlin

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin, (11/17/2018)

The BZC audio dharma talks are now available via a brand new podcast! You can subscribe to the BZC Podcast here and listen to the 120 audio dharma talks already made available. You can listen and download BZC’s dharma talks, as well as share them on social media.