Death and Dharma: 2017 Summer Series, June 20


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

Please note that the Death and Dharma 2017 Summer Meditation Series 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.

Tickets: Radiant $20 / Seed $12 / Circle $5

Tickets to the Death and Dharma 2017 Summer Meditation Series are offered on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to their individual means, in a spirit of gratitude and generosity. In addition to the offering of your presence, we invite you to purchase a ticket at whatever level you are able, which directly supports the teacher and inclusive community attendance to this event. Please note that there are a limited number of tickets at each level.

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?

Greg Snyder is a dharma teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder and current President. He is also the Senior Director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary, where he directs and teaches in a Masters of Divinity program focused on Buddhism and Inter-religious Engagement. Greg received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Teah Strozer and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Greg is active with multiple interfaith and community networks organizing around peace-building, anti-violence and social justice initiatives, and currently sits on the Brooklyn Borough President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Community Partnerships. Greg’s practice of Zen and the dharma includes an understanding that personal and social liberation are a deeply integrated process of mutual unfolding. In addition to teaching in a formal Zen context, he facilitates Undoing Whiteness and Undoing Patriarchy workshops and ongoing groups that focus on investigating self-identities that may unconsciously perpetuate societal suffering. His efforts include ensuring the dharma is truly available to everyone, supporting young people in practice, developing a community-responsive Zen center, and advocating for bringing the illumination of conditioning around patriarchy, racism and economic exploitation to the center of our Buddhist exploration of self. He is devoted to co-creating an American dharma movement that fully embraces a deep social engagement focused on transforming inequity, bias and violence in ourselves, our communities and the world.

For more information on the Death and Dharma 2017 Summer Meditation Series see the main event page here.