BIPOC sangha online half-day sit, Sep 12

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The BZC BIPOC sangha will hold an online half-day sit on Saturday, September 12, from 9 am to 1 pm, led by Dexter Ciprian and Kikuko Morimoto. The half-day sit is geared toward beginners and will feature 30-minute meditation periods (guided and silent), walking meditation, a dharma talk by DaRa Williams, and questions and responses with DaRa Williams. All who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are welcome. This is a BIPOC-only event. There will be ample time for questions and responses.

Cost: Sustaining $40, Base $35, Members (for 3 months) $20

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.

Please click here to register. Registration closes Friday, September 11, at 5pm. The Zoom link to participate in this offering will be provided prior to the beginning of the sit.

Full scholarships are available. Please apply for a scholarship here. Scholarship applications are due by September 9. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please note that by our cancellation policy, we do not offer refunds for this event.

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About the BZC BIPOC sangha

The Brooklyn Zen Center Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Sangha fosters mutual support and understanding among those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and find nourishment and inspiration in the teachings and practice of Buddhism. The group’s intention is to provide a safe, brave and cherished space supported by a Soto Zen Buddhist context to openly discuss our experiences living and navigating oppressive, racial, biased, social structures.

See the program page for more information.

About Dexter Ciprian


Dexter Ciprian is a visual artist and the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He has been practicing Zen at Brooklyn Zen Center since 2014 and is interested in the dialogue between creativity, spirituality and social justice. He is currently serving as a co-facilitator of the BZC BIPOC sangha.




About Kikuko Morimoto

Kikuko Morimoto was born in Kove, Japan, and is currently serving as the Tenzo (head of kitchen) at Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery and as a co-facilitator of the BZC BIPOC sangha. She is an artist and a Japanese teacher who has been practicing meditation since she took her 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course in 1995. After she practiced at Village Zendo in Manhattan, NY, Kikuko joined the BZC sangha, where she has served as co-Tenzo (head of kitchen) and as Fukuten (assistant to the Tenzo) and was lay ordained by Soshin Teah Strozer in 2017.