Introduction to Zen Buddhism class

Event Details

This event finished on 17 October 2017

A six-week class led by Yoko Ohashi and Jefre Cantu

Tuesday evenings: September 12 – October 17
Class Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17
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 here.

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.

About Yoko

Yoko currently serves as the head doan at BZC (assistant to the head of the meditation hall) and alsoco-facilitates the People of Color sangha. She has been practicing and studying Soto Zen Buddhism for over a decade since she first came to the center. She was lay ordained by Teah Strozer in 2015 and also served as head student during the fall practice period in 2016. Yoko has a strong background in visual arts and yoga. She was born in Osaka, Japan, and her early experience of coming to live in the US inspired her to explore herself in this new culture. Yoko is grateful to have come across Zen in Brooklyn and looks forward to deeply rooting her practice in sangha.

About Jefre

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 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