Brooklyn Zen Center will offer a half-day introductory sit for the BZC POC sangha on Sunday, October 6, from 10 am to 1 pm, led by Yoko Ohashi. 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.
Partial scholarships are available for sitting retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link and wait for approval before registering for this sit. Scholarship applications are due by September 30 at 11:59 pm.
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 Yoko Ohashi
Yoko has a strong background in visual arts and yoga. She was born in Osaka, Japan, and her early experience of coming to live in the US inspired her to explore herself in this new culture. Yoko is grateful to have come across Zen in Brooklyn and looks forward to deeply rooting her practice in sangha. Yoko currently co-facilitates the People of Color sangha. She has been practicing and studying Soto Zen Buddhism for over a decade since she first came to the center. She was lay ordained by Teah Strozer in 2015 and served as head student during the fall practice period in 2016.
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.