Settled Activity in an Unsettling World: Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin, June 24


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Please join us Saturday, June 24, for our usual Saturday morning schedule, which will include a dharma talk by BZC co-founder and lay teacher Laura O’Loughlin, with the title “Settled Activity in an Unsettling World”. The talk will be at 11 a.m. and will follow a period of zazen starting at 10:20 a.m. Meditation instruction will be at 9 a.m.

Settled Activity in an Unsettling World

From Zen’s inception in China, wholehearted presence in activity has always been considered integral to Bodhisattva practice. Suzuki Roshi said: “Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself.”  How can we be with our lives in a way that allows us to be easeful and available to the challenges of our current moment?

laura-2About Laura O’Loughlin
Laura O’Loughlin is co-founder and lay teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center. Before she began training with Teah Strozer, Laura was a student of Darlene Cohen’s. She is currently a psychotherapist, affiliated with the Buddhist Psychotherapy Collective, with her own practice in Manhattan. As a clinician, Laura uses mindfulness and body-oriented practices to support healing and transformation. Before co-founding Brooklyn Zen Center, Laura had trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center. Laura was also Director of Austin Zen Center, where among other things she studied the interface between eastern and western psychologies.


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.