The Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine program will offer a half-day introductory sit on Sunday, September 15, from 10 am to 1 pm, led by Kosen Gregory Snyder and Jozen Tamori Gibson. The doors will open at 9:30 am. Our half-day sit is geared toward beginners along with experienced members of our monthly Undoing Patriarchy group. The session will feature 30-minute zazen (meditation) periods, kinhin (walking meditation), dialogue, and short talk. All male identified people interested in undoing the construct of patriarchy are welcome. There will be ample time for questions and responses.
Cost: Sustaining $40, Base $35, Members (for 3 months) $20
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.
Please click here to register. Registration closes on September 11 at 11:59 pm.
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 registering for this sit. Scholarship applications are due by September 9 at 11:59 pm.
Please note that by our cancellation policy, we do not offer refunds for this event.
About the BZC Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine program
This is a monthly group of Zen practitioners who identify, or are identified, as male, coming together to explore the construct of patriarchy, its impact on our lives, our communities, and to work towards developing our sacred masculine identities; those dynamic and restorative aspects of masculinity that strengthen our ability to cultivate wisdom, compassion and community. Together, we will contemplate what the cost of patriarchy has been for the lives of everyone along the gender spectrum: How does patriarchy obstruct the expression of a sacred masculine identity? Could the expression of a sacred masculine identity lie at the heart of undoing the violence of patriarchy in our sanghas and communities?
See the program page for more information.
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.
About Jozen Tamori Gibson
Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice in 2004 while living in Japan. As a senior student with the Brooklyn Zen Center, Jozen is a sangha member and co-facilitator with the BZC People of Color sangha, the Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine sangha, and mentor with the Awake Youth Project. They also serve as the BZC Board Chair. In 2017 Jozen entered into the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Dharma Teacher Training program.
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