Cultivating the Great Compassion of Zen, 1-day sit with Laura O’Loughlin, May 19


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Cultivating the Great Compassion of Zen

Zen practice is based on the trust in one’s original heart/mind from which kindness and compassion flow naturally.  Yet, it can be difficult to realize this great compassion in the midst of our painful conditioning. The Buddha considered the practice of metta as equal to that of mindfulness.  This retreat will explore how can we can help support the cultivation of this great compassion through zen, as well as metta practice.

The schedule for this one-day sit will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, a short work period, and an informal tea. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. 

Please note that meditation instruction will still occur at 9 a.m., but there will be no public program after that.


Retreat cost: Sustaining $80 / Standard $65 / Member Rate $40

BZC offers retreats on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to individual means. Please consider giving at our sustaining rate, which directly supports inclusive community attendance on this retreat.

Registration closes May 16 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to register.

Partial scholarships are available for retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link and wait for approval before registration. Scholarship applications are due by May 12 at 11.59 p.m.

Please note our cancellation policy: To request a refund for this event, you must notify BZC in writing at least one week before the beginning of the course or event. Refunds are issued for any and all cancellations up to seven days before an event less a $10 processing fee. Less than seven days before an event, we do not offer refunds. There are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.


About Laura O’Loughlin

Laura O’Loughlin is a dharma teacher and senior lay practitioner at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder. Before she began training with Teah Strozer, Laura was a student of Darlene Cohen’s. She is currently a psychotherapist, affiliated with the Buddhist Psychotherapy Collective, with her own practice in Manhattan. As a clinician, Laura uses mindfulness and body-oriented practices to support healing and transformation. Before co-founding Brooklyn Zen Center, Laura had trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center. Laura was also Director of Austin Zen Center, where among other things she studied the interface between eastern and western psychologies. Laura received lay dharma entrustment from Teah Strozer in 2017.


Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the building. Please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. The center is located at the top of a steeper second staircase of 28 steps. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance; please email in advance if you need access. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.