Wholehearted Activity, 1-day retreat, July 15


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The retreat will feature periods of sitting and walking meditation and dharma talks. A vegetarian lunch will be served.

Please note that meditation instruction still occur at 9 a.m., 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 $90 / Base $75 / Members $45

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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 closes July 10 at 11:59 pm.

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 July 8 at midnight.

Please note our cancellation policy: To request a refund for this event, you must notify BZC in writing at least one week before the beginning of the course or event. Refunds are issued for any and all cancellations up to seven days before an event less a $10 processing fee. Less than seven days before an event, we do not offer refunds. There are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.


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.