A six-week class led by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan and Jefre Cantu
Tuesday evenings: September 24 – October 29
Class Dates: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/ 29
Class time: Optional sitting from 6:30 – 7 pm. Class from 7:15 – 8:45 pm
Introduction to Zen Buddhism
The Zen Buddhist path is an approach to realizing freedom from suffering for ourselves and others. Originally taught in India by Shakyamuni Buddha, this teaching was transmitted to China where it became established as the Zen school, and was then brought to Japan and the West over a period of more than 2,000 years.
In this class we’ll look at the history, teaching and practices of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition through assigned readings and group discussion. There will be instruction in zazen, the meditation tradition of Zen, and the weekly opportunity to practice zazen together.
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 October 1.
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 Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan
Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan received training in Soto Zen practice as a resident of San Francisco Zen Center for 12 years, was ordained as a priest in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2010, and served as head monk (shuso) in 2014. She has taught yoga in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988, as well as co- leading Zen and Yoga retreats at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm since 2002. Shokuchi is currently serving as Head of Practice (Tanto) at the Brooklyn Zen Center.
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.
Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the Carroll Street entrance of the building; please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. From there, the center is located at the top of a longer flight of stairs. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance on President Street; please email us in advance if you need access to the ramp. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. Visit our Accessibility Page for more detailed access info. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.