Brooklyn Zen Center will offer a half-day introductory sit for the BZC POC sangha on Sunday, February 24, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, led by Jozen Tamori Gibson and Kiku Morimoto. The doors will open at 1 pm. The half-day sit is geared toward beginners and will feature 30-minute meditation periods, walking meditation, discussion, and short talk. All POC are welcome. There will be ample time for questions and responses.
Cost: Sustaining $40, Base $35, Members (for 3 months) $20
BZC offers retreats on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to individual means. Please consider giving at our sustaining rate, which directly supports inclusive community attendance on this retreat.
Please click here to register. To encourage additional participation we are now allowing walk-ins.
Scholarship applications are now closed. However, as a one-time exception, if you need support in order to attend this offering, please chose the membership rate when you register.
Please note that by our cancellation policy, we do not offer refunds for this event.
About the BZC POC sangha
The Brooklyn Zen Center People of Color sangha fosters mutual support and understanding among people of color who find nourishment and inspiration in the teachings and practice of Buddhism. The group’s intention provides a safe, brave and cherished space supported by a Soto Zen Buddhist context to openly discuss our experiences living and navigating oppressive, racial, biased, social structures.
The POC sangha meets on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday of each month, from 1:30 to 3:30pm, at Brooklyn Zen Center. See the program page for more information.
About Jozen Tamori Gibson
Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice in 2004 while living in Japan. As a senior student with the Brooklyn Zen Center, he is a sangha member and co-facilitator with the BZC People of Color sangha, the Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine sangha, and mentor with the Awake Youth Project. Jozen also serves as the BZC Board Chair. In 2017 Jozen entered into the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Dharma Teacher Training program.
About Kikuko Morimoto
Kikuko Morimoto was born in Kove, Japan, and is currently a sewing teacher and co-facilitator with the BZC People of Color sangha at Brooklyn Zen Center. She is an artist and a Japanese teacher who has been practicing meditation since she took her 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course in 1995. After she practiced at Village Zendo in Manhattan, NY, Kikuko joined the BZC sangha, where she has served as co-Tenzo (head of kitchen) and as Fukuten (assistant to the Tenzo) and was lay ordained by Soshin Teah Strozer in 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.