Emboldening the Bodhisattva Heart in Demanding Times
Our one-day sit will take place during a time of national political transition with far-reaching implications for many. As those committed to the Bodhisattva path of practicing and living for the liberation of all beings, how do we understand our role in the wider world? How do we understand our training for this role, our pāramitās of generosity, behavioral discipline, patience, vigor, meditation and wisdom? How do we deepen into wise and courageous hearts that already know our individual freedom to be inseparable from the freedom of everyone? And how do we live this knowing out loud as those devoted to decreasing harm and manifesting the wisdom of love?
During this retreat we will explore Buddhist teachings in response to these questions and others. We will alternate zazen (sitting meditation) with kinhin (walking meditation) throughout the day and give our bodies time to concentrate and settle into presence and the earth. Mostly we will commit our bodies, minds and hearts to the encouragement of ourselves and others dedicated to the awakening of humanity. This will be a lighter retreat and a very good way to dip into longer Zen sitting. So all are welcome no matter how long you have been sitting. Please join us.
Cost: Sustaining $80 / Standard $65 / Member Rate: $40
Please note that meditation instruction will still occur at 9am, but there will be no public program after that.
A one-day silent meditation retreat is an excellent opportunity to deepen your practice with others and sit a little longer than you are accustomed. It’s also a gentle way to prepare for the longer retreats that we offer throughout the year.
The schedule will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, a short work period, and an informal tea. A vegetarian lunch will be served.
Registration closed on January 17th at 11:59pm.
Partial scholarships are available for sitting retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link. Scholarship applications are due by January 13th at 11:59pm.
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.
Greg Snyder is a dharma teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder and current President. He is also the Senior Director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Greg was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest by Soshin Teah Strozer in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He has been practicing Zen since 1998 and received his early training at Austin Zen Center under the guidance of Seirin Barbara Kohn. Greg is active with multiple interfaith and community networks organizing around peace-building, anti-violence and social justice initiatives, and currently sits on the Brooklyn Borough President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Community Partnerships. His interests include ensuring the dharma is truly available to everyone, supporting young people in practice, developing a community-responsive Zen center, and advocating for bringing the illumination of conditioning around patriarchy, racism and economic exploitation to the center of our Buddhist exploration of self. He is devoted to co-creating an American dharma movement that fully embraces a deep social engagement focused on transforming inequity, bias and violence in ourselves, our communities and the world.
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.
Photo copyright Marcia Lieberman.