Precepts Study Group, starting Jan 23


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A 12-week class led by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan 

Tuesday evenings: January 23 – April 10
Class Dates: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10
Class time: Optional sitting from 6:45-7:15 pm. Class from 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.


Precepts Study Group

In this 12-week class, we will engage in an experiential exploration of the 10 Bodhisattva precepts. Our Buddhist precepts are specific, ethical guidelines meant to support the everyday actualization of the wisdom and compassion born of our meditation practice. When viewed from the truth of interdependence the precepts teach us, as Reb Anderson writes, “how to protect and bring the spirit of compassion to complete maturity [and allow] compassion to enter all aspects of our lives.” Participants will be asked to commit to an ongoing engagement with the precepts. Our discussions will not be theoretical and will arise from our direct, personal experience with this rich, ethical practice. Each class will begin with an optional 30 minute period of meditation. Participants are expected to attend regularly and begin and end the class together. In order to support the group process and our practice together we require participants to miss no more than two classes.

This class is limited to 20 participants. Class is offered to those who sit at least once a week in community at Brooklyn Zen Center and have already taken one of the introductory classes at Brooklyn Zen Center.  Continued weekly zazen at BZC will be expected while participants are in class.


Class Fee: $260 Sustaining / $190 Base / $145 for BZC members (more than 3 months)

To register, please click here.

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.


About Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan

Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan began her practice of Zen meditation at San Francisco Zen Center in 1973. In 1984 she attended a Yoga and Zen retreat at Green Gulch Farm co-led by Tenshin Reb Anderson and Donald Moyer, which gave rise to her deep and continuing commitment to the practices of Soto Zen and the Iyengar tradition of Yoga. From then on, Deirdre continued to practice and study the Buddha Way with Tenshin Roshi at Green Gulch and Tassajara, and Iyengar yoga with Judith Lasater and Donald Moyer. In 2010 she was ordained a Zen priest by Tenshin Anderson and in 2014 was Shuso (head monk) at Green Gulch Farm with Abiding Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts. She has trained in the monastic forms of Zen as a resident at San Francisco Zen Center (all three centers) for over a dozen years, serving as Tenzo and Shika at Green Gulch Farm.

Having recently moved to Brooklyn, she has joined the Brooklyn Zen Center sangha in the position of Tanto (Head of Practice) and continues to teach yoga and lead Zen and Yoga retreats in California and Europe.

Shokuchi is an avid student of the Sanskrit language and has studied Mahayana Buddhist and Yoga texts in Sanskrit under the tutelage of Dr. Ram Karam Sharma and Indira Devi (Ann Bulkin). Also, having been a student of Chado, The Way of Tea, for 12 years at Green Gulch Farm with Tea Sensei Meiya Wender, she continues her study and practice of this beautiful Japanese traditional temple art, with the wish to offer a bowl of tea to members of the BZC sangha so they too can appreciate the deep Zen practice in the simple (but not easy) preparation and drinking of a bowl of tea.

Shokuchi received a B.A. in Contemporary Literature from Scripps College, a B.F.A. in Dance from California Institute of the Arts and an M.A. in Dance/Video from Lone Mountain College. She performed in modern dance companies for 25 years, and directed Kadeka Dances for Kids, a company of professional dancers who conducted creative movement classes, teacher education workshops, parent-child dance classes and family performances. Shokuchi has also been a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan for over two decades.

Shokuchi enjoys chorale singing and tap dancing and hopes to engage in these activities here in New York – in her spare time!


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 info@brooklynzen.org.