Retreat Schedule: Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Attendance: Strong preference and recommendation for folks to attend all three days. You are allowed to do Saturday and Sunday only if necessary.
Renouncing Preferences, Unfolding Boundlessness
In recognition of the priest ordination marking the end of retreat, we will draw from the lines of an early Chinese Zen poem, Xinxin Ming, to explore a life of vow in the context of the author’s suggestion that “the great way isn’t difficult for those unattached to their preferences.” The poem goes on to claim that everything will be perfectly clear if we only let go of all longing and aversion. How then does choosing a path of deep devotion to the end of all suffering jibe with letting go of all preferences? What at first glance appears to be a narrowing of life’s options may in fact unfold the fullness of limitless existence. Please join us for retreat to support and celebrate the practice of zazen and the priest vow-taking ceremony of Koshin Monica Rose. It will be a joy to sit with one another over these three days.
Friends and sangha members are invited to attend the ceremony. Please arrive between 1:30–1:45 pm in order to be settled before the ceremony begins.
Full sesshin cost: Sustaining $285 / Base $240 / Members (for 3 months) $150. Please see the registration page for partial attendance pricing.
We require a minimum attendance of two consecutive days ending on Sunday.
Please note that Brooklyn Zen Center is not a residential community.
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 March 9 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to register.
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 March 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 Greg Snyder
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. 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.
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 around 20 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.