weekly meditation schedule

zazenThere are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
– Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

BZC’s weekly meditation schedule is open to the public at all times. No one is turned away from any offerings in our weekly meditation schedule for lack of funds. Come as you are! Your presence and practice at BZC is a deeply appreciated form of giving practice (generosity).

If you are not currently supporting BZC with a membership pledge, we invite you to make a dana contribution in the Temple Box (suggested $10 per visit) to support continuity of our shared practice space. Thank you for being a part of our practice community!

In all cases below, please feel free to come to either or both periods of zazen (sitting meditation) when two are scheduled back-to-back.

Tuesday through Friday mornings 

6:45am – doors open
7:00am – zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30am – kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40am – zazen
8:10am – end

Wednesday and Friday morning additional periods

8:45 am – doors open
9:00 am – zazen (sitting meditation)
9:30 am – end

Saturday morning program (see also Second Saturday)

8:45 am – doors open
9:00 am – meditation instruction ($10 suggested donation)
9:00-10:00am – kitchen practice

10:05 am – han is sounded to call practitioners to meditation
10:20 am – zazen (sitting meditation)
10:50 am – kinhin (walking meditation)
11:00 am – zazen (sitting meditation) (or dharma talk as scheduled)
11:30 am – service
11:50 am – soji (wholehearted activity)
12:20 pm – community lunch ($10 suggested donation*)

Wednesday evening

6:00 pm – kitchen training (meal preparation)
6:35 pm – han
6:50 pm – zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30 pm – service
7:40 pm – soji (wholehearted activity)
8:00 pm – community gathering

All are encouraged to ask any questions they may have about meditation or otherwise after morning and evening practice. Our practice space is totally funded by donations, so your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you for joining us for weekly meditation practice. If you are interested in supporting Brooklyn Zen Center in an ongoing way, please consider becoming a member.

*A $10 donation to support the continuity of our community lunch program is suggested from the whole community (including from BZC members). A contribution above $10 directly supports accessibility to community lunch, and likewise, no one is turned away from this offering for lack of funds. We invite you to give from where you are!

Access Notes:

There is one short flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the building. The center is located at the top of a second flight of stairs, the first door to the right. An elevator is available if needed; please email in advance if you need access to it. 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.