Online Zendo: dharma talk by Kosen Gregory Snyder, May 30


Event Details


Please join us Saturday, May 30, at 11 am, for an online dharma talk by BZC’s dhama teacher Kosen Gregory Snyder.

We’ll be using Zoom to host the talk, so you can watch and listen over computer or phone. To join this online offering, please contact shika@brooklynzen.org in advance. As in our “traditional” dharma talks, Kosen will be taking questions at the end. Everyone will be muted on Zoom during the talk. If you would like to ask a question at the end, please unmute yourself at the appropriate time.

The talk will be followed by a memorial service for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

Please consider making a financial donation to BZC to support our online offerings at this time. You can donate to BZC via Paypal to paypal@brooklynzen.org or online here. No donation is too small. Your contributions are deeply appreciated and needed to support our community and our ongoing dharma offerings.

For those who are in a position to contribute, please give generously as you are able. Thank you!

About Kosen Gregory Snyder

Kosen Gregory Snyder is a dharma teacher and senior priest 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, where he directs and teaches in a Masters of Divinity program focused on Buddhism and Inter-religious Engagement. Kosen received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Teah Strozer and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Kosen 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. Kosen’s practice of Zen and the dharma includes an understanding that personal and social liberation are a deeply integrated process of mutual unfolding. In addition to teaching in a formal Zen context, he facilitates Undoing Whiteness and Undoing Patriarchy workshops and ongoing groups that focus on investigating self-identities that may unconsciously perpetuate societal suffering. His efforts 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.