5-day sesshin with Tenshin Reb Anderson, June 19-23


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This five-day sesshin (formal retreat) with Tenshin Reb Anderson runs June 19 – 23.

Retreat Schedule: 9-9pm Wed – Sat, 9-3pm Sunday

The sesshin will feature periods of sitting and walking meditation and dharma talks. There will also be an opportunity for participants to meet with the teacher for private practice discussion. Vegetarian lunch and dinner will be served Wednesday through Saturday, and lunch will be served on the last day. Please note that meals will be offered in oryoki style and participants are required to bring their own set of oryoki bowls (see below for details and for an option to rent oryoki bowls).

Zen Practice and Buddha Activity

An old time buddha said, “earth, grass trees, all living beings are engaged in buddha activity.” Buddha activity is the unceasing process of freeing all beings so they may live in peace and harmony. The Buddha ancestors called this Buddha activity zazen. In this retreat we will study, practice and realize this great activity.


Full sesshin cost: Sustaining $500 / Base $425 / Members $250. 

Three-day attendance cost: Sustaining $300  / Base $255 / Member $150.

We require a minimum attendance of three consecutive days ending on Sunday.

Please note that Brooklyn Zen Center is not a residential community.

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.

This offering is currently full. You can sign up for the waitlist here and we’ll notify you in case a spot becomes available.

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 registration. Scholarship applications are due by Monday, April 29 at midnight.

Please 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.

In this sesshin, we will practice the ceremony of oryoki in which the sangha joins together in giving and receiving food in the meditation hall in a ceremony going back to our Chinese Buddhist ancestors. Participants are required to bring their own set of oryoki bowls. If you would like to rent a set of oryoki bowls, please fill out this form when you register for the sesshin.

Please note that there will be NO alternate meal plan offered.  The kitchen will send out the menu with ingredients listed to all registered participants the week before the retreat so that those who cannot eat what is being served may make alternate arrangements.


About Tenshin Reb Anderson

Tenshin Reb Anderson visits Brooklyn Zen Center to give dharma talks and lead five-day meditation retreats. He is a lineage-holder in the Soto Zen tradition.

Born in Mississipi, he grew up in Minnesota and left advanced study in mathematics and Western psychology to come to San Francisco Zen Center in 1967. He practiced with Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a priest in 1970 and gave him the name Tenshin Zenki (“Naturally Real, The Whole Works”). He received dharma transmission in 1983 and served as abbot of San Francisco Zen Center’s three training centers (City Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center) from 1986 to 1995. Tenshin Roshi continues to teach at Zen Center, living with his family at Green Gulch Farm. He is author of Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains: Dharma Talks on Zen Meditation and Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts.

To find out more about Tenshin Reb Anderson, please visit his website here.

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 info@brooklynzen.org.