Brooklyn Zen Center

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Brooklyn Zen Center
Photograph courtesy Brooklyn Zen Center
Zendo Hall at Brooklyn Zen Center
If you’re constantly being told to chill out, it may be time to check out this Park Slope meditation haven. Whether you’re simply curious about the practice or are a lifelong Buddhist, the BZC aims to accommodate you in its community, offering daily meditation meetings (zazen), stacks of courses covering the basics of Zen Buddhism and practical workshops. The center also hosts concerts in addition to classes and talks.


Venue name: Brooklyn Zen Center
Address: 505 Carroll St
New York

Cross street: between Third and Fourth Aves
Transport: Subway: R to Union St
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Chris C

What I like about BZC is that it takes this mysterious and often confusing notion of "Zen" and makes it down to earth and applicable through its wonderful community and dedicated teachers. People here care deeply about the people and the practice, making BZC a wonderful compliment to the Gowanus/Park Slope neighborhood!

Carl P

Beautiful space. Wonderful, peaceful events like concerts and sound baths. Great public meditation offerings.

Maya P

Walking into a Zen Center for the first time is not easy—Leonard Cohen said most of us who come do so because we're in pain. Brooklyn Zen Center's popular "Beginners Mind Experience" offers a supportive way to start; and is offered every three months. Let's face it, meditation is hard, examining one's life is hard, but doing so in a compassionate community with the wisest of teachings and teachers has been a gift. For me, my experience at this beautiful Zen center has been transformative.

Sue H

Sincere and wonderful people. Place to be your authentic self. Committed not just to meditation but to ethical, compassionate path.

Yosh B

Great, open, socially engaged, compassionate people - who share a powerful Zen practice and a sense of community, spiritual and personal growth

Mik M

A quiet, peaceful place to forget all the unneccesary stress-causing thoughts - which is rare to find in nyc!

Jacob S

The Brooklyn Zen Center is a truly inspiring place. It's commitment not only to spiritual practice but also to activism and social justice make it an unusual, supportive, vibrant, caring community in New York City.

Jozen G

"The community of Brooklyn Zen Center acknowledges that suffering is a human condition often intensified by the biases, prejudices, behaviors and societal structures that favor or harm individuals and peoples because of race, class, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, political party, religious commitment or other beliefs and positions. We welcome and affirm all who come here in search of freedom from habits that cause suffering, and who will work toward respectful acceptance of others across our many differences, harmonizing the one and the many."

Terence C

Wonderful community space that provides a haven from the bustle of the city and is dedicated to positive social change and inclusion.

Kristin M

This is my second home. This is a bold, beautiful, progressive community whose commitments to social justice make the traditional teachings of zen ever-more relevant to our modern lives. It's a rare gem in the middle of urban chaos, to find a space so dedicated to manifesting peace within and then taking that out into the world for transformation in our larger communities.

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