The Four Noble Truths online class

Event Details

This event finished on 18 June 2020

A six-week class led by Jefre Cantu and Erica Essner

Class dates:  Thursdays  5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18
Class time: optional zazen from 6:30 to 7pm, class from 7:15 to 8:45pm

This class will be offered online via live stream Zoom. Participants will receive log in details after registering.

Registration for this class is open until May 21.

The Four Noble Truths

It’s often noted that the teachings of the Four Noble Truths—which are about suffering and the cessation of suffering—are both simple and profound and contain the essence of the Buddha’s way: the beginning, middle, and end of the path. For people new to Buddhism, this class offers an introduction. For those already acquainted with the teachings, it offers an opportunity to revisit them, perhaps more deeply.

Over the course of six weeks we will study portions of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, considered to be the Buddha’s first teaching, as well as contemporary writings on the Four Noble Truths, to help us bring the teachings into our everyday lives.

Students are asked to commit to a regular meditation practice for the duration of the class. Both new and experienced meditators are warmly welcome.

Class Fee: $160 Sustaining / $120 Base / $80 for BZC members (more than 3 months)

To register, please click here. Please note that registration for this class closes May 21.

Please note our cancellation policy for this offering: To request a refund for this class, you must notify BZC in writing by the start of the first class. Refunds will be issued in the total paid less a $15 processing fee. Please note that there are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50. This policy supports the organizing effort involved in managing registrations and cancellations and the largely volunteer-based structure of the Brooklyn Zen Center. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.

About Jefre Cantu

Jefre Cantu has been practicing Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Soshin Teah Strozer since 2003. He received the Bodhisattva precepts from her in 2005 at the San Francisco Zen Center and has been a member of the Brooklyn Zen Center community since moving to New York in 2013. Jefre is a graduate student at Union Theological Seminary, working towards a Masters of Divinity focused on Buddhism and interreligious engagement. Currently Jefre is interested in the non special, everyday quality of Zen practice and how it can be the foundation of our day to day lives.

About Erica Essner


Erica Essner has been a Soto Zen Buddhist practitioner since 1985 and was lay ordained in 2015. Her work in dance education and dance performance is informed by her Zen practice as a tool for concentration and focus. Erica is currently pursuing her dance credential M.A. as a scholarship student at Hunter College.