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Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love
This event was part of Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love

Grieving, Living and Dying in the Pandemic

Grieving, Living and Dying in the Pandemic
For this event, we would like to explore death and grief from a Buddhist perspective--and specifically in the context of our current moment in history and the coronavirus pandemic.

The reality of our own impermanence is now an ever-present and undeniable fact of our daily lives. Learning how to grieve and to be with the grief of others is a skill we must acquire if we are to meet life wholeheartedly in these times.

The event will begin with a guided meditation. Zen students Jefre Cantu and Ian Case will offer dharma reflections and then facilitate an open discussion on these topics with event participants.


Jefre Cantu and Ian Case are both senior students at Brooklyn Zen Center and alumni of Union Theological Seminary's Masters of Divinity program in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement. Jefre is currently completing his chaplaincy residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Ian is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest and currently serves as the director of Brooklyn Zen Center.