Retreat Teachers


James Sanzen Cole, MRO

James Sanzen Cole started working in New York City Public Schools first as an Outward Bound instructor and later as a middle school science teacher. Since 2002, he has worked as a middle school assistant principal. Sanzen is a member of the Earth Initiative. He became a jukai student in 2013.

Events with James Sanzen Cole, MRO

Touching the Earth at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
August 3, 2024

Join us in this Touching the Earth sangha outing and let’s see what’s in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) this summer. As we tour through the grounds, Sanzen & Joshin will offer some historical background about the gardens and breath practices to settle us into the space. Then we’ll take a walking path for about 2 miles, stopping on occasion to sit quietly and enter the art practice of illuminated journaling led by Hojin Sensei. Illuminated Journaling is the art of noticing, the art of live recordings. This is not a journal in the sense of a personal reflective diary, but live recordings of what we notice. It is an invitation to a journey of intimacy into the world, of expanding our connection with our surroundings and our senses. A way to let our life dash through the pages and leave mysterious tracks behind! Then, over time, we can see how apparently random details cohere and form memories that are distinct, unique, and eternally fresh. To avoid the hottest part of the day, we’ll meet at 10:00 am at the Eastern Parkway entrance by the ticket selling windows (just off the Eastern Parkway / Brooklyn Museum stop on…