Half-Day Sit for Beginners, May 20

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Brooklyn Zen Center will be having a half-day introductory sit on Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., led by Yoko Ohashi and Erica Essner. 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 registering for this retreat. Scholarship applications are due by May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

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

About Yoko Ohashi
It is Yoko’s heart’s joy to share the practice of meditation with others. She has been studying Zen Buddhism since Brooklyn Zen Center was first founded under the guidance of Teah Strozer. Native to Osaka, Japan, Yoko originally came to NYC to become an artist, and following her heart eventually led her to practice yoga and meditation. Her own experience of studying with others in a community clarified for her the absolute importance of having a sangha when one wants to start meditation practice. She looks forward to holding heart-mind with others and enjoying the process of studying self together.



About Erica Essner
Erica Essner has been a Soto Zen Buddhist practitioner since 1985 and was lay ordained in 2015.  Her studies have all been under the umbrella of the Suzuki Roshi linage as part of San Francisco Zen Center and Brooklyn Zen Center. Erica is currently a choreographer and teaches dance in public schools (K-12) as a Teaching Artist as part of her dance company’s educational programs. Erica has taught mindfulness in public schools with her Zen teacher Teah Strozer since 2013. Her dance company, the Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, founded in 1995, performs nationally and locally and presents an on-going performance/dialogue series titled Dance Intersection.  Her work in dance education and dance performance is informed by her Zen practice as a tool for concentration and focus.

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.