During the last few weeks, sangha members were busy making some classic BZC recipes to support Brooklyn Saints, a mutual aid group that provides food, water, and other supplies to support the social justice rallies and marches in our community, as well as to homeless shelters.
This was an opportunity to come together as a sangha (in limited numbers, of course) and to use the kitchen space for the last few weeks before the closing of Boundless Mind Temple, our spiritual home in the heart of Brooklyn for the past decade.
Here are some images and words from the Mutual Aid Kitchen Practice at BZC.
It has been both heartwarming and bittersweet to be back in the Boundless Mind kitchen and practicing in person with sangha again. It has also been very rewarding to put our soup skills to use in feeding the hungry at this difficult time for so many in the Brooklyn community– I feel like this is my final exam after studying for so many hours as a fukuten preparing meals for the sangha! That kitchen was built to train us in compassion, and it’s deeply moving to see it’s final meals be used to deliver compassion to those who need it most right now.
Don Rider, Fukuten (pronouns he/him)
It was such a gift to be back in the kitchen at BZC, being present with the joys and difficulties that arise in each moment of practice. The generosity at the heart of the BZC kitchen has had such a meaningful impact on my life. Learning to bring gentleness and care to every aspect of preparing the meal, from chopping vegetables to ladling soup to drying dishes, helps connect me to the body’s wisdom. Practicing in the kitchen with other sangha members, feeling my feet on the floor as I walk, and the water on my hands as I wash them, I become more intimate with that wisdom, trusting it more and more.
Leila Mohr (pronouns she/hers)
“I have found kitchen practice in this time to be an opportunity to work with impermanence in a deeply multifaceted way. It is the simple impermanence that comes with preparing and consuming food. It is a reminder of the current precarity of our collective situation that inspired Don and Kayla to organize this practice. And, finally, it is the bittersweet chance to spend some last time in the 505 Carroll space before beginning a time of transition as a sangha.”
prepared with warm hands to
Daniel Bachrach (pronouns he/him)