CANCELED, online offering TBC: 5-day sesshin with Tenshin Reb Anderson, June 17-21

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This offering has been canceled. An alternative online offering is being considered, please stay tuned for more details.

This five-day sesshin (formal retreat) with Tenshin Reb Anderson runs June 17-21

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).

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.

Registration closes June 5 at 11:59 pm. Click here to register.

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 27 at midnight.

Please note our cancellation policy for this offering: To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least 14 days before the beginning of the program. Refunds will be issued in the total paid less a $15 processing fee. Please note that there are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50. This policy supports the organizing effort involved in managing registrations and cancellations and the largely volunteer-based structure of the Brooklyn Zen Center. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.

In this sesshin, participants will practice the ceremony of oryoki, in which the sangha comes together in giving and receiving food in the meditation hall, using stacked and wrapped bowl sets, in a ceremony going back to our Chinese Buddhist ancestors.

Oryoki meals are included in the cost of the sesshin. However, to receive their meals, participants will need a set of oryoki bowls. Participants should bring their own set. They may also rent an oryoki set for the duration of sesshin through BZC. If you intend to rent an oryoki set, the suggested rental donation is $5/day, which will mean $15 for the full three days. Please include this payment on the registration form.

Keep in mind that we are limited on storage space and therefore only a limited amount of sets will be available for rental.

Please email with any questions, concerns or if other arrangements are needed.

Please note that there will be NO alternative meal plan offered. The kitchen will send out the menu with ingredients listed to all registered participants the week before the sesshin, so that alternative arrangements can be made for those with dietary restrictions.

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