Online class: Socially Engaged Buddhism, starting Feb 19


Event Details

This event is running from 19 February 2021 until 16 April 2021. It is next occurring on March 5, 2021 7:00 pm

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Eight-week class led by Kosen Gregory Snyder

Class dates: Fridays 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16
Please note that there will be no class on Friday, March 19.

Class time:  7:00 to 8:30pm EST. Students are encouraged to sit zazen before the class starts, if possible.

This class will be offered online via live stream. Participants will receive log in details after registering.


Socially Engaged Buddhism

This class will explore some of the tenets, movements, leading figures, and issues central to
what has come to be known as socially engaged Buddhism. In addition to exploring how
these movements initially responded to the colonial and wartime contexts from which they
often emerged, the course examines the critiques that engaged Buddhism offers current
social and economic realities, as well as Buddhism’s own institutions and practices.
Being only eight class meetings, this will be a very curated survey with the hope of providing entry
points for further exploration of engaged Buddhist thought and practice for our sangha. For
this course to offer meaningful context, there will be a significant amount of reading weekly.
It is understood that people will read what they can.

Class fee:  $200 Sustaining / $150 Base / $110 for BZC members (more than 3 months)

To register, please click here. Please note that registration for this class closes February 26.

Please note our cancellation policy for this offering: To request a refund for this class, you must notify BZC in writing by the start of the first class. 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. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.


About Kosen Gregory Snyder

Kosen Gregory Snyder is a dharma teacher and senior priest at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder and current President. He is also the Senior Director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary, where he directs and teaches in a Masters of Divinity program focused on Buddhism and Inter-religious Engagement. Kosen received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Teah Strozer and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Kosen is active with multiple interfaith and community networks organizing around peace-building, anti-violence and social justice initiatives, and currently sits on the Brooklyn Borough President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Community Partnerships. Kosen’s practice of Zen and the dharma includes an understanding that personal and social liberation are a deeply integrated process of mutual unfolding. In addition to teaching in a formal Zen context, he facilitates Undoing Whiteness and Undoing Patriarchy workshops and ongoing groups that focus on investigating self-identities that may unconsciously perpetuate societal suffering. His efforts include ensuring the dharma is truly available to everyone, supporting young people in practice, developing a community-responsive Zen center, and advocating for bringing the illumination of conditioning around patriarchy, racism and economic exploitation to the center of our Buddhist exploration of self. He is devoted to co-creating an American dharma movement that fully embraces a deep social engagement focused on transforming inequity, bias and violence in ourselves, our communities and the world.