Zazenkai literally means “coming together for meditation.” BZC zazenkai’s are one day sesshins with traditional zen forms: zazen, service, dharma talk and oryoki meals. These are distinguished from our less formal one-day retreats, which have meals in the dining area and may include guided meditations, experiential offerings or group discussion.
In this sesshin, participants will practice the ceremony of oryoki, in which the sangha comes together in giving and receiving food in the meditation hall, using stacked and wrapped bowl sets, in a ceremony going back to our Chinese Buddhist ancestors.
The oryoki meal is included in the cost of the zazenkai. However, to receive their meal, participants will need a set of oryoki bowls. Participants may bring their own set. They may also rent an oryoki set for the zazenkai. The suggested rental donation for the oryoki set is $5/day. To rent an oryoki set, please add the rental payment when registering.
Keep in mind that we are limited on storage space and therefore only a limited amount of sets will be available for rental. Oryoki will be practiced at future retreats and participants are strongly encouraged to have their own set.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or if other arrangements are needed.
Please note that there will be NO alternative meal plan offered. The kitchen will send out the menu with ingredients listed to all registered participants the week before the sesshin, so that alternative arrangements can be made for those with dietary restrictions.
Retreat cost: Sustaining $80 / Standard $65 / Member Rate $40 + $5 suggested for oryoki rental
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 Friday, January 10, at 11:59 pm. 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 Wednesday, January 8, at 11.59 pm.
Please note our cancellation policy for this offering: To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least 14 days before the beginning of the program. Refunds will be issued in the total paid less a $15 processing fee. Please note that there are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50. This policy supports the organizing effort involved in managing registrations and cancellations and the largely volunteer-based structure of the Brooklyn Zen Center. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.
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 Carroll Street entrance of the building; please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. From there, the center is located at the top of a longer flight of stairs. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance on President Street; please email us in advance if you need access to the ramp. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. Visit our Accessibility Page for more detailed access info. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at email@example.com.