3-Day Online Sesshin with Kosen Greg Snyder and Laura O’Loughlin, Aug 14-16


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Retreat Schedule: Friday and Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

Three-day online sesshin: Taking Refuge in Original Heart

In this online sesshin from Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery, we will follow a gentle schedule, alternating periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) along with guided meditation practices, soji, service and dharma talks. Participants are welcome to join only part or all of the sesshin schedule.


Sesshin cost: Sustaining $285 / Base $240 / Members (for 3 months) $150. 

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 August 12 at 11:59 pm. Click here to register.

The Zoom link to participate in this offering will be provided 24 hours prior to the beginning of the sesshin.

Partial scholarships are available for sitting 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 August 8.

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. Refunds will be issued in the total paid less a $15 processing fee. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.

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


About Kosen Greg 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 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.