weekly meditation schedule

There 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

Friday morning service

8:10am – chanting service

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)

9:45 am – doors open
10:05 am – han is sounded to call practitioners to meditation
10:20 am – zazen (sitting meditation)
10:50 am – break
11:00 am – dharma talk
11:45 am – service
12:00 pm – community lunch (if scheduled)

Note: If no dharma talk is scheduled on a Saturday, then we would have a second period of zazen at 11:00am (following a 10-minute period of walking meditation). Zazen would end at 11:30am and be followed by a service.

Wednesday evening

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

Tuesday and Thursday evening

6:30-7 pm – zazen (sitting meditation)

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.

Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the Carroll Street entrance of the building; please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. From there, the center is located at the top of a longer flight of stairs. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance on President Street; please email us in advance if you need access to the ramp. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. Visit our Accessibility Page for more detailed access info. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.