An Australian Zen Community

The Zen Open Circle began 15 years ago as a group meeting on a Sydney Verandah. Since then ZOC has grown into a diverse community with members across Australia.

We are a community that comes together to explore Zen practice under the guidance of Roshi Susan Murphy. We hold regular sitting days, annual retreats, and offer beginning zen courses.

Zen Open Circle invites you to join us at one of our upcoming events.

Weekly practice events

Most weeks there is a Zen Open Circle practice night somewhere in Australia. Our main weekly sitting practice is in Sydney, and we have several affiliated groups. Click here to find out more about events near you! 

Photo from ZOC 2015 Sesshin

Retreats and Weekend Gatherings

Each year Zen Open Circle hosts a range of formal retreats and weekend gatherings. These events are a highlight in each years calendar. Zen students from around Australia gather together at Cloud Mountain (our regional Zendo in Berry, NSW) to share in transformative practices handed down across generations. 

Photo from ZOC 2015 Sesshin

Zen Foundations Courses

Our Zen Foundations courses offer an opportunity for newcomers and seasoned practitioners to explore Zen fundamentals: practice, ritual, and history. These experiential courses are led by Roshi Susan Murphy. 

Photo from ZOC 2015 Sesshin

Online Zen Practice Group

Zen Open Circle Members from around Australia meet regularly online to practice together and study directly with the teacher. Click here for more information about this exciting program of training.




The important thing that we do in each other’s company is discover more profoundly who we really are…And of course by that very fact we open up the same possibility for those whose company we share. We are here to learn to shine our spirit.  Like every sentient being, we are star stuff – so why not live up to that?

Roshi Susan Murphy

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that every place we walk, sit down, drink, eat breathe and sleep within this continent Australia is not a ‘thing’ but country – a lived mystery of the sentient kinship that creates every detail of place, held in mind and tended by the tens of thousands of generations of people who walk before and with us.  We just accept our indebtedness to them, past, present and future, with respect and gratitude for this 60,000-year deep tap-root in time and refined awareness.



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