Humans have been struggling with this dilemma for ages: God is good – even synonymous with love – and all-powerful, so why does he continue to allow such suffering in the world? For a Zen Buddhist, this question is phrased like this: All being is Buddha-nature and this empty world is inherently precious and without defilement, but still the world is full of suffering. It feels as if there are two separate realities – and much of the time it seems they have nothing to do with each other. How do we integrate them? Is it possible?read more
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.
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