Half-Day Sit for Beginners, July 15

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Brooklyn Zen Center will be having a half-day introductory sit on Sunday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., led by Jozen Tamori Gibson and Terence Caulkins. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. This special sit is geared toward beginners and will feature 30-minute meditation periods, walking meditation, discussion, and short talk. All are welcome. 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.

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 registrating for this retreat. Scholarship applications are due by July 10 at 11:59 p.m.

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

About Jozen Tamori Gibson
Jozen Tamori Gibson is a dual lineage practitioner with certifications in Mindfulness facilitation and Yoga. Jozen began formal practice in 2004 through Sotō Zen while living in Japan, joined by a Theravada (Vipassanā) practice in 2010. At BZC Jozen is the Director of Community and Youth Engagement, a member and peer facilitator for the BZC People of Color sangha and the center’s male-bodied identified community engaged in Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine. In 2017 Jozen entered into the Insight Meditation Society’s 5-year Dharma Teacher Training program and is studying Indigenous Focusing Oriented Trauma Therapy. Jozen shares his path of interdependent liberation by honoring the wisdom and compassion of all his teachers, highlighting his mother, Akimi, and his dharma root teacher, Pamela Weiss.


About Terence Caulkins
Terence Caulkins is a Franco-American acoustical engineer and sound artist who has been training in yoga and meditation for over 10 years. His formal meditation training began in Paris, France in a Tibetan lineage in 2006, the year in which he read Shunryu Suzuki’s “Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind” for the first time. When he moved to New York City he sought out a place to practice Soto Zen, eventually finding his way to the Brooklyn Zen Center in 2008. Terence was lay ordained by Soshin Teah Strozer in 2012, and held the position of Ino (head of the meditation hall) at BZC from 2015-2016. He currently holds the role of Jisha (teacher’s attendant) to Laura O’Loughlin and co-facilitates the BZC Undoing Whiteness and Oppression group.

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 info@brooklynzen.org.