Wholehearted Activity: 1-day retreat, July 20

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The retreat will feature periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as opportunities for group discussion. The retreat will be co-facilitated by Ian Case and Jozen Tamori Gibson. A vegetarian lunch will be served.

Please note that meditation instruction still occur at 9 am, but there will be no public program after that. 

“When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.” – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

From Zen’s inception in China, wholehearted presence in activity has always been considered integral to our practice. Habits of mind are clarified when the body is still in meditation, as well as when the body intends toward this very same presence in daily activity.

In this Wholehearted Activity retreat we will practice giving full attention to each action as our-life-in-the-moment, including the person or object we’re relating with. This is both a community-supported opportunity to encourage a continuity of presence in activity in your own life, as well as an occasion to take upon the shared ownership of our practice container and our physical space.

During this retreat, we will alternate zazen (sitting meditation) with times for discussion and periods of wholehearted activity.

Retreat cost: Sustaining $80 / Base $50 / Members $30 (for at least 3 months)

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 for this offering is now closed.

Partial scholarships are available for 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, July 8 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.

About Ian Case

Ian has been a student at Brooklyn Zen Center since its inception in 2005. During this time he has taken on various administrative and practice roles at the center, including serving for six and a half years as Ino (head of the meditation hall). He was in residence for 15 months at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2015-2016 and was ordained as a priest by Teah Strozer in October 2016. Ian holds an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York and is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary.


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, he 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. In 2017 Jozen entered into the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Dharma Teacher Training program. The Buddhadharma is the foundation of Jozen’s studies partnering with trainings in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma, yoga, Qigong, and insight dialogue, and with over 20 years of cultural diversity initiatives in music, local non-profits, national universities, and international education. Jozen lives to provide and nourish contemplative mind-heart-body alignment practices and spaces rooted in health, anti-oppression and interdependent liberation for all beings. Jozen honors the wisdom and compassion of all his teachers, highlighting his mother, Akimi, and his dharma root teacher, Pamela Weiss.

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 info@brooklynzen.org.