Introduction to Zen, starting Feb 23

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Introduction to Zen with Koshin Rose and Yoko Ohashi

Thursday evenings, February 23 – March 30
Class Dates: 6 weeks on Thursdays : 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
Class Time: Optional sitting from 6:45pm to 7:15pm. Class from 7:15pm to 8:45pm.
Class Fee: Sustaining $160 / Base $120 / $80 for BZC members (more than 3 months).

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.

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Please also 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.

Koshin RoseKoshin 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 will be co-teaching Introduction to Zen. Koshin is also a student of the Masters in Divinity Program in Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary.
Yoko OhashiIt 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.


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