Dharma Offering

Saturday Morning Program

July 6, 2024

9:00 AM - 12:40 PM

Location
Boundless Mind Temple
326 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Description

Join us for our in-person Saturday morning program at Boundless Mind Temple in Brooklyn, which will include zazen instruction, as well as a dharma talk by Sarah Dōjin Emerson at 11:20am EST.

The dharma talk will also be live-streamed. For security reasons, we do not post zoom links publicly. If you are subscribed to the BZC Community List and receive the weekly announcements, please find the recurring log in information already in your inbox. Otherwise, please contact us here in advance.

You are welcome to come to all or just part of the program schedule:

08:45am — Doors open
09:00am — Zazen instruction
09:25am — Han (wooden board calling people to meditation)
09:40am — Zazen (seated meditation)
10:10am — Kinhin (walking meditation)
10:20am — Zazen
10:50am — Service (ceremonial chanting, bowing and incense offering)
11:20am — Dharma talk
12:20pm — Soji (temple cleaning practice)
12:40pm — Tea (informal tea time)


Childcare at Boundless Mind Temple 

Every first Saturday of the month, childcare is provided by volunteer sangha members from 9 to 11:15am. Children will be located in the “tree room,” a few steps away from the zendo (meditation hall) and/or in the courtyard when the weather is warm. At 11:15, children will be allowed to enter the zendo during the dharma talk and service. Guardians are asked to bring whatever their child may need including diapers, wipes and snacks.

While drop-ins are welcome, it is really helpful for us to know, in advance, how many children to expect, so please complete this form so we can plan accordingly and have ample hands to care for your small being(s)!


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COVID Protocol: We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks are optional. Please see the BZC Covid Protocol for more.

Our Location: Boundless Mind Temple is located in the Parish House of Christ Church Cobble Hill, next to 326 Clinton Street. Enter the driveway on Clinton, go past the scaffolding, and through the double doors. There are two flights of stairs leading to the center, located on the second floor. The closest subway stop is the F/G at Bergen Street.

Instructor

Sarah Dōjin Emerson’s formal practice in Soto Zen began in 1996. She lived and trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain center and other sites of the San Francisco Zen Center from 1997-2007. She received Dharma Transmission from Abbott Konjin Gaelyn Godwin of the Houston Zen Center in 2015. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and has worked in the fields of mental health and pastoral care with children and adults. She experiences Bodhisattva Zen practice as deeply supportive to inquiring into, challenging and transforming systems of oppression, particularly racial inequities and the harm they cause within convert Buddhist sanghas, and in U.S. society generally. Sarah has also worked for many years in grief support- clinically, ritually and in community- specializing in child loss. She lives with her partner, Charlie Pokorny (who is also a Soto Zen Buddhist priest), their children (who are her most profound and constant teachers) and numerous pets in Brooklyn, NY.

Fee
Free
Questions?
info@brooklynzen.org
We are in an historical building which is not wheelchair accessible. There are two flights of stairs leading to the center, located on the second floor. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.
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