3-Day In-Person Sesshin with Jukai, June 9 – 11

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Location: Christ Church Cobble Hill, located at 326 Clinton Street (at the corner of Kane Street).

Friday and Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday: 9am to 2pm EST

Partial attendance will be permitted; a minimum of two days’ attendance is required.

In this in-person three-day sesshin, led by BZC‘s dharma teachers Kosen Gregory Snyder and Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin, the schedule will include periods of zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation), along with soji, service and dharma talks.

At the end of the sesshin we’ll hold a Jukai ceremony, in which several members of our sangha will formally receive and acknowledge the sixteen bodhisattava precepts as an ongoing path in their lives. The Jukai ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 11 (details TBA).

Lunch will not be served. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or go out for lunch (there will be an ample break in the middle of the day.)

All participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks will be required indoors at all times. The COVID risk level will be confirmed closer to the date.

Equitable Pricing Model (read more here):

If you’re unable to pay at the lowest rate, please use this form to apply for an exemption at least a week before the registration deadline. Registration closes June 5.

Please note our cancellation policy for this offering: To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least 7 days before the beginning of the program. You may request a full refund by emailing info@brooklynzen.org. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.

About Kosen Gregory Snyder
Kosen Greg Snyder is a dharma teacher and senior priest 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. Kosen received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Teah Strozer and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Kosen 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. Kosen’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.

About Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin

Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin is a dharma teacher and co-founder of Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC). She is also a clinical social worker in private practice since 2007. Before co-founding BZC, Laura trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, San Francisco Zen Center and Austin Zen Center where she served as Director. Laura received lay dharma entrustment from Teah Strozer in 2017. Laura is interested in how, alongside Zen training, other embodied wisdom modalities can support our collective healing and transformation from histories of racial, patriarchal and ecological violence. Laura co-created and co-facilitates the undoing whiteness program at BZC and leads retreats exploring patriarchal trauma and affirming the sacred feminine.