Brooklyn Zen Center Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Sangha
The Brooklyn Zen Center Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Sangha fosters mutual support and understanding among those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and find nourishment and inspiration in the teachings and practice of Buddhism. The group’s intention is to provide 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.
The BIPOC Sangha joins together in a virtual community with meetings offered on Sunday mornings and on the second Saturday afternoon of the month as scheduled.
–Second Saturday afternoons (next meetings scheduled on Oct 10, Nov 14) 1:30-3 pm EST
Below is the general flow of a Saturday meeting:
- Welcome and Intro
- Zazen (sitting meditation)
- Community Agreement guidelines, group intentions and commitments
- Indigenous land acknowledgment
- Group check in and share
- Kinhin (walking / movement meditation)
- Reading and discussion
- Practice Tool (to support daily practice)
- Tea time & free talk (for in-person meetings)
– Sunday mornings (see specific dates below) 10 – 11 am EST
Guided meditation, optional mindful movement, check in, song.
We will explore embodied practices and reflections from the book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.
We may go a little bit past 11 am for this gathering to offer space for our reflections and space to metabolize and process the material.
To join the online meetings, please contact poc [at] brooklynzen [dot] org in advance.
The next BIPOC Sangha meetings will take place:
- Sunday, September 27, 10-11 am
- Sunday, October 4, 10-11 am
- Saturday, October 10, 1:30-3:30 pm
- Sunday, October 11, 10-11 am
- Sunday, October 18, 10-11 am
- Sunday, October 25, 10-11 am
- Sunday, November 1, 10-11 am
- Sunday, November 8, 10-11 am
- Saturday, November 14, 1:30-3:30 pm
- Sunday, November 15, 10-11 am
- Sunday, November 22, 10-11 am
- Sunday, November 29, 10-11 am
- Sunday, December 6, 10-11 am
- Sunday, December 13, 10-11 am
Please check the BZC Calendar for the latest information on meeting dates.
Please feel free to join our facebook group and email us if you would like to join our community email discussion list.
Testimonials from BIPOC Sangha Members:
“The POC Sangha is where I am continually reminded that I can come as I am. A Be-in for Be-ings. Love to you all.” ~ Camille
“The POC Sangha is a place I feel safe to allow my emotions to be present in community. It is where I find acceptance for tenderness amongst other sweet souls.” ~ Alma
“The POC Sangha offers such love, support, acceptance and ways to approach life. I can be my full self and enjoy a spiritual community free of shame.” ~ Carrie
“The POC sangha is a bright spot of love and light in Brooklyn. I feel welcomed and accepted as I am whenever I visit the POC sangha.” ~ Bobi
“The POC Sangha is very dear to my heart. There’s always a lovely new face and always so much love, healing, courage, fierceness and joy.” ~ Dexter
“The POC sangha is home. Especially when I am traveling and in need of a reminder of home I’m able to tap into the felt sense of our POC sangha and feel support, feel grounded, feel the reminders. Thank you, Sangha!” ~ Jozen
“POC Sangha is a refuge for me — a source of love, support, resilience, acceptance, and authenticity where I feel fully seen and heard and receive constant reminders that I am not alone on this path.” ~ Lissa
“POC sangha is a gift in which I continually feel expanded everytime I immerse myself in; the sangha’s voice is full of wisdom and courage.” ~ Yoko