Karma and Collective Liberation, with Kosen Gregory Snyder


6:45 PM - 8:30 PM

Millerton Zendo
1 John Street
Millerton, NY 12546
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  • In person at the Millerton Zendo (Millerton, NY) and online for those who would like to attend remotely
  • Eight consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8:30pm EST, from June 13th to August 1st

The whole of Buddhist ethics is grounded in the teaching of karma and rebirth. This teaching is so central to the Buddhist tradition that it constitutes two of the three insights of the Buddha at the moment of his awakening.

In this class we will not only consider the Buddha’s teaching on intention and its relationship to our karmic actions and consequences, but also karmic regeneration, social critiques of karma, and ways in which we can understand this teaching as a support for our personal and collective healing and liberation. We will explore early Pali texts, Yogacara teachings, and more recent studies on karma.

The intention of this course is to begin to provide a nuanced understanding of this complex and essential ethical principle. Weekly readings will be offered as supports for our class conversation. We hope you can join.

BZC is committed to offering classes, workshops, and retreats on a sliding scale in an aspiration to move towards equity within our sangha. To that end, we offer an equitable pricing model as a mindfulness practice and a mirror of our relations to histories of wealth. Please see the Equitable Pricing Model to determine your registration rate level.

If you’re unable to pay at the lowest rate, please use this form to apply for an exemption.

If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please contact us here.

The registration deadline is June 11.

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COVID Protocol: We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks are optional. Please see the BZC Covid Protocol for more information.

In-Person and Online Option: In-person participants will gather at the Millerton Zendo, 1 John Street, Millerton, NY. Parking is available behind the building. Online participants will receive a zoom link for the class, and are encouraged to participate fully in questions and conversation.


Kosen Gregory Snyder was raised in an Appalachian mountain valley along the banks of the Susquehanna river where his Pennsylvania Dutch family have lived and farmed for many generations. He is a dharma teacher, senior priest, and co-founder of Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) and Ancestral Heart Temple. He is also the Senior Director and Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary, where he directs and teaches in a Masters of Divinity program focused on Buddhism and Inter-religious Engagement. Kosen received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Soshin Teah Strozer, BZC’s honorary founding teacher, and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Kosen is active with multiple inter-religious, spiritual, and community networks organizing around peace-building, anti-racism, social justice, and living harmoniously with the Earth.

$350 - $560

To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least 2 days before the beginning of the program. This supports the organizing effort involved in managing registrations and cancellations.

The MIllerton Zendo is not currently wheelchair accessible. There are three steps from the main street to the front door. Cleaning supplies and hand soap are unscented. Stick incense and chip incense is used during service. If you have any further questions about this space’s accessibility, please contact us at
Karma and Collective Liberation, with Kosen Gregory Snyder