the beginner’s mind experience

All new members of Brooklyn Zen Center are now eligible to take part in a new 3-month program that will introduce them to the various aspects of community practice at BZC. We’re calling it the Beginner’s Mind Experience.

As part of this program, new members will have the opportunity to join a peer practice group, have private practice discussions with teachers, and also receive discounts on introductory classes. In addition, during these three months members will be introduced to the various ways Zen is put into practice in the kitchen, the meditation hall and other shared spaces at the center. The first 3-month group will start in October and go through December 2016. New peer groups will start every few months after that.

Our intention is that this new program will provide members with a sense of the variety and intimacy of Zen practice in the BZC community — and also show how we can engage these practices in our daily lives.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact our membership coordinator at

Remember, you must be a member of BZC to participate; you can become a member here.

New peer groups for the Beginner’s Mind Experience start every few months as follows. Follow the links to see a full schedule of the peer group meetings and to register for the group that’s best for you.

Peer Group Kickoff Meeting Registration Deadline*
Peer Group 2 Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9-10am Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Peer Group 3 Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9-10am Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Peer Group 4 Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9-10am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

*Become a member and register for the kickoff meeting by this date.