Online class: Meditation in Everyday Life

Event Details

This event finished on 13 October 2020

A six-week class led by Yoko Ohashi and Erica Essner

Class dates:  Tuesdays 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13
Class time: 7:15 to 8:45pm. Students are encouraged to sit zazen before the class starts, if possible.

This class will be offered online via live stream. Participants will receive log in details after registering.

Meditation in Everyday Life

Buddhist practice is rooted in the breath, body, mind, and heart. In this class we will offer practical ways of creating a strong foundation for incorporating meditation in your daily life, home, and relationships. We will explore various meditation and mindfulness practices, and ways of practicing meditation while walking, lying down, and in activity. Students will learn how to create an altar and ritualize their home practice, how to set a schedule for meditation, and how to incorporate inspirational reminders to help their practice. As a support, participants may also take advantage of the many retreats, dharma talks, affinity groups, and opportunities for practice discussion that Brooklyn Zen Center offers.

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 September 15.

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. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.

About Yoko Ohashi

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. Yoko currently co-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 served as head student during the fall practice period in 2016.

About Erica Essner


Erica Essner has been a Soto Zen Buddhist practitioner since 1985 and was lay ordained in 2015. Her work in dance education and dance performance is informed by her Zen practice as a tool for concentration and focus. Erica is currently pursuing her dance credential M.A. as a scholarship student at Hunter College.