Dates/Times: February 17-19, Fri 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 9 am – 6 pm, Sun 9 am – 6 pm
Cost: Sustaining $285 / Standard $240 / Member Rate: $150.
2-day attendance is allowed on Saturday-Sunday only.
Embodying the Path of Liberation in Our Lives
The Buddha taught that the end of suffering was found in what he called the Noble Eightfold Path. The elements of this path are divided into three emphases that have traditionally been referred to as the Threefold Training. These three are sīla (behavioral discipline), samadhi (gathering mind) and prajñā (wisdom). These three areas of training are necessary for living a life of liberation. Our tradition of Soto Zen, grounded in the teachings of Eihei Dogen, emphasizes the Buddha’s realization that freedom cannot be found without all three of these trainings together as one. The talks during this sesshin will explore the three trainings and how they are expressed through the teachings of Dogen who understood the sincere practice of the path and the realization of liberation as one dynamic unfolding.
This sesshin will have slightly shorter days, from 9am–6pm. So it is a perfect opportunity for newer practitioners to begin to take on longer sits. All are welcome and very much invited to join us.
Registration closed on February 13th at 11:59pm.
Partial scholarships are available for sitting retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link. Scholarship applications are due by February 9th at 11:59pm.
Greg Snyder is a dharma teacher 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 in New York City. Greg was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest by Soshin Teah Strozer in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He has been practicing Zen since 1998 and received his early training at Austin Zen Center under the guidance of Seirin Barbara Kohn. Greg 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. His interests 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.
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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 email@example.com.