Listening to the Cries of the World, a 5-day sesshin with Tenshin Reb Anderson, June 13-17

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This five-day sesshin (formal retreat) with Tenshin Reb Anderson runs June 13th-17th.

Retreat Schedule: 9-9pm Wed – Sat, 9-3pm Sun.

The sesshin will feature periods of sitting and walking meditation and dharma talks. There will also be an opportunity for participants to meet with the teacher for private practice discussion. Vegetarian lunch and dinner will be served Wednesday through Saturday, and lunch will be served on the last day. Please note that meals will be offered in oryoki style and participants are required to bring their own set of oryoki bowls (see below for details and for an option to order oryoki bowls).

Listening to the Cries of the World
The practice of the buddhas and zen ancestors is being upright at the center of the universe observing  sentient beings with eyes of compassion and thus creating an ocean of blessing beyond measure. This sesshin retreat offers an opportunity to realize such a practice together with all beings.

Full sesshin cost: Sustaining $500 / Base $425 / Members $250. 

Three-day attendance cost: Sustaining $285  / Base $240 / Member $150.

We require a minimum attendance of three consecutive days ending on Sunday.

Please note that Brooklyn Zen Center is not a residential community.

BZC offers retreats on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to individual means. Please consider giving at our sustaining rate that directly supports inclusive community attendance on this retreat.

Registration is now closed. Click here to be added to the waiting list. Also, please fill out the oryoki order form if you wish to order a set of oryoki bowls.

Partial scholarships are available for sitting retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link and wait for approval before registration. Scholarship applications are due by April 23 at 11:59 p.m.

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.

In this sesshin, we will practice the ceremony of oryoki in which the sangha joins together in giving and receiving food in the meditation hall in a ceremony going back to our Chinese Buddhist ancestors. Participants are required to bring their own set of oryoki bowls. If you would like to purchase a set of oryoki bowls, please fill out this form when you register for the sesshin.

Please note that there will be NO alternate meal plan offered.  The kitchen will send out the menu with ingredients listed to all registered participants the week before the retreat so that those who cannot eat what is being served may make alternate arrangements.

About Tenshin Reb Anderson

Tenshin Reb Anderson visits Brooklyn Zen Center to give dharma talks and lead five-day meditation retreats. He is a lineage-holder in the Soto Zen tradition. Born in Mississipi, he grew up in Minnesota and left advanced study in mathematics and Western psychology to come to San Francisco Zen Center in 1967. He practiced with Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a priest in 1970 and gave him the name Tenshin Zenki (“Naturally Real, The Whole Works”). He received dharma transmission in 1983 and served as abbot of San Francisco Zen Center’s three training centers (City Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center) from 1986 to 1995. Tenshin Roshi continues to teach at Zen Center, living with his family at Green Gulch Farm. He is author of Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains: Dharma Talks on Zen Meditation and Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts. To find out more about Tenshin Reb Anderson, please visit his website here.

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