Brooklyn Zen Center will be having a half-day introductory sit lead by Yoko Ohashi and Koshin Rose on Sunday, March 26th, from 10am to 1pm. The doors will open at 9:30am. 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 / Member $20
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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 19th at 11:59pm.
Please note that by our cancellation policy, we do not offer refunds for this event.
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 10 years ago 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.
Koshin Monica Rose has a been a Zen student since she moved to Ireland in the mid-90’s. There, she trained in the Taisen Deshimaru lineage at the Galway Zen Dojo and at the Zen temple of La Gendronniere in France. Upon moving back to the States and making her home in Brooklyn, Koshin discovered the Brooklyn Zen Center and has been practicing there for more than nine years. During this time, she has been an active member at BZC, where she sat on the Board of Directors. Koshin has held various practice roles such as Tenzo (head of temple kitchen), Ino (head of meditation hall), and Benji (assistant to head student). In 2011, she was lay-ordained by Soshin Teah Strozer. Recently, Koshin completed a three-month practice period at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery. Presently at BZC, she teaches zazen instruction, leads half-day sits, and is co-teaching a Introduction to Zen class. Koshin is also a student of the Masters in Divinity Program in Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary.
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.