The Brattleboro Zen Center was founded in 2021, during the covid-19 pandemic. It was started with the intention of building a Zen practice community that provides sanctuary to anyone looking for guidance, friendship, and structure on the Buddhist path. The primary practice that we engage in together is Zen meditation, known as zazen (sitting zen) in Japanese. In the tradition of Soto Zen, meditation is a communal activity and awakening is a collective matter. We wake up together, not alone. We aspire for our Zen practice to help heal and change the world, and for our own awakening and healing to occur through our relationships to the world and all its inhabitants.
We welcome everyone to this community of practice, regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.
In-person practice begun early 2022 at Epsilon Spires. In early 2023, the Brattleboro Zen Center moved into its own zendo at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro, where we engage in the rituals of zazen, bowing and chanting with the embodied intimacy that has always been at the heart of Zen.
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If any of our offerings help sustain you in your practice, or if the awareness of this newly formed Sangha finding its way is a source of inspiration to you, please consider formalizing your support for the Brattleboro Zen Center. We invite you to become a Member by making a recurring donation of whatever amount is appropriate to your means and well-being.
Brattleboro Zen Center is funded solely by donations. If you are moved by what we offer, please consider supporting us. A little goes a long way towards covering our operating expenses; a recurring donation goes even further.