people of color sangha

Brooklyn Zen Center People of Color Sangha

2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday 1:30pm-3:30pm at BZC

The Brooklyn Zen Center People of Color sangha fosters mutual support and understanding among people of color who find nourishment and inspiration in the teachings and practice of Buddhism. The group’s intention provides a safe, brave and cherished space supported by a Soto Zen Buddhist context to openly discuss our experiences living and navigating oppressive, racial, biased, social structures.

Dedicated BZC practitioners of color facilitate each meeting to support overall flow. Below is general flow of a typical meeting:

  • Welcome and Intro (with brief Zazen instruction)
  • Zazen (sitting meditation)
  • Brave Space guidelines, intentions and commitments (group review)
  • Group check in and share
  • Kinhin (walking / movement meditation)
  • Reading and discussion*
  • Practice Tool (to support daily practice)**
  • Zazen
  • Tea time & free talk***

*Suggested readings are short chapters, excerpts or poems provided via email and Facebook group to support practice tools.

**Sangha members are encouraged to share a practice tool that has been transformative for their daily practice and life. Please inquire with one of the facilitators after a meeting or via email,

***Tea time and free talk usually extends past 3:30p. Attendees are free to bring snacks to share with the sangha and to arrive and leave when convenient.

The BZC POC sangha intends to meet twice a month on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday. Dates are subject to change and will be announced as early as possible.

BZC POC meeting schedule:


  • 12/18 (Sun)


  • 1/14 (Sat)
  • 1/22 (Sun)
  • 2/11 (Sat)
  • 2/26 (Sun)
  • 3/11 (Sat)
  • 3/26 (Sun)
  • 4/8 (Sat)
  • 4/23 (Sun)
  • 5/6 (Sat)
  • 5/21 (Sun)
  • 6/10 (Sat)
  • 6/25 (Sun)
  • 7/8 (Sat)
  • 7/23 (Sun)
  • 8/12 (Sat)
  • 8/27 (Sun)
  • 9/9 (Sat)

For our next POC sangha meeting on Sunday, September 24, 1:30-3:30p,  a visiting teacher, Lama Rod Owens, will offer a dharma talk, answer practice questions, and spend quality time with our sangha in support of our collective practice. So that we may in turn support Lama Rod and their travels, we ask a suggested $10 donation. Please note that that this meeting is open to POC practitioners only.

  • 9/24 (Sun)
  • 10/14 (Sat)
  • 10/29 (Sun)
  • 11/11 (Sat)
  • 11/26 (Sun)
  • 12/2 (Sat)
  • 12/17 (Sun)

For more information or questions, please email us and join our Facebook group.

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