new to zen?

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

We deeply value the flexibility of the beginner’s mind in Zen practice. There is a Zen saying, “Not knowing is most intimate,” and in this spirit we welcome all beginning practitioners. If you are new to Zen or meditation in general and are curious about a supportive way to enter the practice, here are a few suggestions.

Meditation Instruction

We offer meditation instruction online every second Saturday of the month at 9:00 am EST. This is an introduction to the basics of meditation as it is practiced in our tradition. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions at the end of the instruction. The instruction will be followed by a period of meditation from 10:20 to 10:50 am EST and (typically) a dharma talk at 11 am EST. You may attend any or all of these offerings. Please contact Flo Lunn here to join this online offering.

There is a suggested $10 donation for the instruction, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. To donate to Brooklyn Zen Center, please see here .

Introductory Classes

Brooklyn Zen Center offers introductory classes regularly. Please check our class page for more information. Our two main introductory classes are Meditation in Everyday Life and Introduction to Zen Buddhism.

Suggested Reading

Reading can’t take the place of a sitting practice but can be a wonderful complement to it. There are several excellent books out there for the beginning practitioner. Here are some suggestions.