“Naked in the Zendo”: book reading with Grace Schireson, April 14


Event Details


Please join us for a special program on Tuesday, April 14, for a book reading of Naked in the Zendo with author and dharma teacher Grace Schireson. The program will be followed by a book signing. Copies of Naked in the Zendo will be available for sale.

We need to remove our ego’s clothing to truly see ourselves and the world as they are. Grace Schireson’s stories about her Zen journey, from child to grandmother, share deep insight about how we can find awareness, feel it in our bodies, and experience it wherever we are. Grace’s path is at times ordinary—with tales of youthful naiveite, parenting, and pets—and groundbreaking—with recollections of her studies with Suzuki Roshi, Keido Fukushima Roshi, and more. Both humorous and poignant, Naked in the Zendo highlights the power of awareness to transform our lives and the remarkable work of this pioneering woman in American Zen.

About Grace Schireson

Roshi Myōan Grace Jill Schireson, PhD, is a teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage empowered by Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. She has also practiced in the Rinzai tradition, and was encouraged to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, who was chief abbot of Tofukuji Monastery in Kyoto Japan. Grace is the author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters, and the co-editor of Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima. Grace is the head teacher of the Central Valley Zen Foundation and president of the Shogaku Zen Institute. She has founded several Zen groups in California and currently offers meditation instruction at Stanford University. Grace is also a clinical psychologist specializing in women and families. Married for fifty-one years, she has two sons and four grandchildren.


Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the Carroll Street entrance of the building; please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. From there, the center is located at the top of a longer flight of stairs. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance on President Street; please email us in advance if you need access to the ramp. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. Visit our Accessibility Page for more detailed access info. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.