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Event Calendar

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Jan 28
One-day Retreat
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday, Feb 2
BWZ Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 4
Dharma Tea with Sangha
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Sunday, Feb 12
Nehan Ceremony (Commemorates Buddha's Passing)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Feb 18
Community Potluck Lunch
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, Feb 25
Term Student Opening Retreat - Term Students Only
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 18
Board of Directors Strategic Planning Retreat
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, Apr 9
Wesak Ceremony (Festival of the Buddha's Birth)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 20
Term Student Closing Retreat - Term Students Only
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday, May 21
Jukai (Taking the Precepts and Formally Becoming a Buddhist)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Read & Sign the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Climate Declaration

A Statement about Buddhist Practice and Sangha in Troubling Political Times

Dear Sangha and Friends,

I do not need to re-write the statement below, from the leadership at the Brooklyn Zen Center. These Dharma sisters and brothers speak my mind. In particular Bright Way Zen wants to provide support and refuge to our members and neighbors who are immigrants, people of color, Muslim, Jewish, and LBGTQ in any way we can. We are open to suggestions.

Rev. Domyo Burk


Post-Election Statement

Bright Way Zen

  • Provides access to the Dharma, particularly the teachings and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism and the practice of Zen Meditation (Zazen), but in a way that is inviting to all regardless of their religious interest or affiliation;
  • Supports the creation of Sangha, a community of practitioners – it helps immensely to practice with others!
  • Provides the opportunity for people to go as deeply into meditation and Zen practice as they want to go, in order that they may awaken to their Buddha (awakened) nature.

The Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are called the “three treasures” of Buddhism.

 Statement of Inclusivity

This Sangha acknowledges that suffering is a human condition which can be made worse because of biases or prejudices for or against any race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, political party, or other belief or position. This Sangha welcomes and affirms all who come here to seek the Way, and who will work toward respectful acceptance of others across our many differences, harmonizing the one and the many.

Our Teacher Domyo’s Blog

My Journey of Conscience


Tuesday Evenings
Meditation & Study

Wed-Fri Mornings
Online Meditation (via videoconference, not at the Zendo)

Saturday Mornings
8:30-9:30 am
Just Sitting

Sunday Mornings
Meditation, Chanting & Dharma Talk

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A Note about Allergies:

Please feel free to let us know if you have sensitivities to incense; we are happy to forgo the use of incense while you are present. However, you should also know that one of our beloved sangha members is a small, friendly dog (Sukha, see picture above).

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