Meditation in Everyday Life Class led by Terence Caulkins and Jefre Cantu
Class Dates: 6 weeks on Tuesdays starting 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
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).
“As you gently relax into awareness, into listening, the mind’s compulsive contraction around objects will fade. Silence of being will come more clearly into consciousness as a welcoming to rest and abide.” — Adyashanti
In this six-week class, we will practice releasing each thought, emotion, and sensation as they arise: exploring how these passing phenomena are not who we truly are and how identifying with them causes suffering. By meeting the mind in the stillness of the body and allowing the breath to be our gentle guide, this class will introduce students to transformative body-mind practices from various Buddhist traditions, offering a safe container to navigate ourselves back to wholeness. We will practice methods that help us pay closer attention to what is happening in the body, bring awareness to our habitual reactions, and generate a deeper sense of self-compassion.
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.
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. 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.
Terence Caulkins currently shares the role of Ino (head of the meditation hall) at Brooklyn Zen Center. He is an acoustic consultant and sound artist who has been training in yoga and meditation for 10 years. His formal meditation training began in Paris, France in a Tibetan lineage in 2006, year in which he was also introduced to Shunryu Suzuki’s “Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind” for the first time. He moved to New York City in 2008 and sought out a place to practice Soto Zen, eventually finding his way to the Brooklyn Zen Center, where he was lay ordained by Soshin Teah Strozer in 2012.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.