One-day sit with Laura O’Loughlin, Sep 15

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Along with daily meditation practice, the practitioners or students of Zen Buddhism are encouraged to take time off to experience longer and deeper meditation periods during retreats such as this one, which will include periods of sitting and walking meditation and dharma talks. A vegetarian lunch will be served.

Clarifying Our Karmic Views through Relationship

While intention is central to the Buddhist understanding of karma, this alone is not always enough to affect our impact on the world. This is because intention is influenced by our habitual, karmically conditioned views. Our many relationships in society and life are constantly mirroring back to us views that are hidden from our awareness. By cultivating a capacity to listen, see and open up to what shakes up our habitual views, we enhance the possibility of living in a way that is more healing than harmful.

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 September 10 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 September 7 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