Introduction to Zen Buddhism class, starting Jan 25

Event Details

This event finished on 01 March 2018

A six-week class led by Ian Case and Terence Caulkins

Thursday evenings: January 25 – March 1
Class Dates: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1
Class time: Optional sitting from 6:45-7:15 pm. Class from 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism is a path to freedom from unnecessary suffering for ourselves and others. It is based on a few basic behaviors and principles. Most fundamentally, we all live one life. To realize and live that understanding is the reason we practice meditation and mindfulness. To encourage ourselves, we study Buddha’s teachings together.

In this class we’ll get a taste of Buddha’s basic teachings and experience basic practices that lead to freedom from unnecessary suffering and dissatisfaction. The purpose of this class is to teach students the practice and, for those who are interested, to help them get started on the path.

It’s simple but not easy. So the sooner we get started the better.

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

To register, please click herePlease note that registration for this class closes February 1.

Please note our cancellation policy: To request a refund for this event, you must notify BZC in writing at least one week before the beginning of the course or event. Refunds are issued for any and all cancellations up to seven days before an event less a $10 processing fee. Less than seven days before an event, we do not offer refunds. There are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.

© Marcia Lieberman/BZC 2017About Ian Case
Ian has been a student at Brooklyn Zen Center since its inception in 2005. During this time he has taken on various administrative and practice roles at the center, and he currently shares the role of ino (head of the meditation hall). He was recently in residence for 15 months at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and was ordained as a priest by Teah Strozer in October 2016. Ian holds an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York and he will be entering the Masters of Divinity program at Union Theological Seminary in the fall of 2017.

©Marcia Lieberman/ BZC 2017About 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, 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