Sydney Practice Days: Zazenkai

 

Zen Open Circle members gather every month for a day of meditation, discussion, teaching from Roshi Susan and a shared meal. Anyone is very welcome to join us.

THE PROGRAM:

10:30am – Arrive and Setup
11:00am – Dharma Talk
11:30-1pm – Zazen and Dokusan
1-1:45pm – Shared Lunch (please bring a plate to share)
1:45 – Sutras and Dharma Inquiry
2:15-3:45 – Closing words
3:45 – Pack up

Please contact us if you have any questions about attending.


 

Upcoming Sydney Practice Days

 

Feb
10
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Feb
17
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Feb
24
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Mar
5
Sun
Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Sydney Zazenkai – May 7th: 
A one day city zen retreat 

When: May 7, 10am-3:30pm
Where: Buddhist Library Camperdown 
Cost: Dana (Donation for teachings)
Bring: Yourself, and a shared plate for lunch. 

Words from Roshi Susan:

As John F Kennedy famously said:  ‘Ask not what your practice brings to you. Ask what you bring to your practice.’

Autumn Sesshin at Cloud Mountain came with morning mists, glorious days, haiku expression, and an unusually intimate shared space of deep, genuine, sustained practice.  

Now, this coming Sunday comes with our next One Day Sit in Sydney. I hope you will take the trouble to keep that time clear and come to meet the question – what do you bring to your practice? 

So that it can respond, and bring you home to yourself.

Bring yourself, your questions, your heart, some lunch to share, and Dana for the teacher, who receives no payment.

What is ‘Zazenkai’?
A one-day retreat that brings together meditation, a shared social potluck lunch, dharma friends and companions, and a rare direct encounter with the Dharma. 

Program:
10am  Gather, help with set-up
10.30 Zazen – with Encouraging Words from the teacher
11am Zazen, Dokusan
12pm Dharma Talk

12.45 Lunch 

1.30 Sutras
2pm Zazen, Dokusan
3.30 Closing Ceremony, pack-up

Doors open at 10am when we set up the space and offer basic guidance to any newcomers. Please arrive in time for a 10.30 start of the day of practice. 

If you come late, kindly wait quietly outside the sitting space until the next round of walking meditation is signled, and then move quickly to stand in front of any vacant seat.

Also offered through the morning are face to face interviews about practice (dokusan) with the teacher for existing committed members. 

However if you are just beginning practice with us, you’re entitled to come to dokusan 2-3 times as a way to decide more formally committing to a student-teacher relationship, and membership.

What to bring:
Your heart-body-mind and a deep sense of curiosity! 

This full day of practice is offered to all in the traditional Buddhist spirit of Dana (Sanskrit). Dana is the practice of willing generosity on which all life, as well as the gift of the teaching, must depend. Your donation placed in the Dana Bowl at the top of the stairs sustains our teacher and completes the circle of the gift.

So bring just yourself (minus your expectations), some food to share for lunch, and dana for the teaching.

Mar
10
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Mar
17
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Mar
24
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Apr
7
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Apr
21
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

May
7
Sun
Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Sydney Zazenkai – May 7th: 
A one day city zen retreat 

When: May 7, 10am-3:30pm
Where: Buddhist Library Camperdown 
Cost: Dana (Donation for teachings)
Bring: Yourself, and a shared plate for lunch. 

Words from Roshi Susan:

As John F Kennedy famously said:  ‘Ask not what your practice brings to you. Ask what you bring to your practice.’

Autumn Sesshin at Cloud Mountain came with morning mists, glorious days, haiku expression, and an unusually intimate shared space of deep, genuine, sustained practice.  

Now, this coming Sunday comes with our next One Day Sit in Sydney. I hope you will take the trouble to keep that time clear and come to meet the question – what do you bring to your practice? 

So that it can respond, and bring you home to yourself.

Bring yourself, your questions, your heart, some lunch to share, and Dana for the teacher, who receives no payment.

What is ‘Zazenkai’?
A one-day retreat that brings together meditation, a shared social potluck lunch, dharma friends and companions, and a rare direct encounter with the Dharma. 

Program:
10am  Gather, help with set-up
10.30 Zazen – with Encouraging Words from the teacher
11am Zazen, Dokusan
12pm Dharma Talk

12.45 Lunch 

1.30 Sutras
2pm Zazen, Dokusan
3.30 Closing Ceremony, pack-up

Doors open at 10am when we set up the space and offer basic guidance to any newcomers. Please arrive in time for a 10.30 start of the day of practice. 

If you come late, kindly wait quietly outside the sitting space until the next round of walking meditation is signled, and then move quickly to stand in front of any vacant seat.

Also offered through the morning are face to face interviews about practice (dokusan) with the teacher for existing committed members. 

However if you are just beginning practice with us, you’re entitled to come to dokusan 2-3 times as a way to decide more formally committing to a student-teacher relationship, and membership.

What to bring:
Your heart-body-mind and a deep sense of curiosity! 

This full day of practice is offered to all in the traditional Buddhist spirit of Dana (Sanskrit). Dana is the practice of willing generosity on which all life, as well as the gift of the teaching, must depend. Your donation placed in the Dana Bowl at the top of the stairs sustains our teacher and completes the circle of the gift.

So bring just yourself (minus your expectations), some food to share for lunch, and dana for the teaching.

May
12
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

May
19
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

May
26
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Jun
9
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Jun
16
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Jun
23
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Jul
1
Sat
Beginning Zen Course @ Buddhist Library
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day

Beginning Zen is our introductory one and a half day workshop that we offer twice a year.

This course is a rare and precious opportunity to step into the beginnings of zen practice with Roshi Susan Murphy. Ideal for those who are new to zen practice, and those who would like to begin again! Of course, you are also welcome to come and sit with the Zen Open Circle for the first time at any of our other events. This course provides a chance to study in a small group setting with time for discussion, questions, and interaction with the teacher. 

When: July 1st / 1-5pm + July 2nd / 10am-4pm
Where: Buddhist Library Camperdown, Sydney
Cost: $50/$35 Concession + Dana (a donation to the teacher for the teachings). 
Registration: Click here to register your place in this course.

About the program: 

‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s there are few.’ – Shunryu Suzuki

Zen prizes ‘beginners’ mind’ – an open responsive awareness freed of habitual preferences and preconceptions.  To a non-judgmental mind the moment arrives fresh, nothing repeats, and there’s nothing to attain, for everything’s completely here.  But of course such open and immediate responsiveness is an attainment, a generous, open quality to the mind and what arises that’s endlessly discovered and honed in Zen practice.

Beginning Zen gives you a valuable road-map for Zen practice.  It includes:

  • a brief history of Zen Buddhism;
  • detailed introduction to the practice of zazen (seated meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation);
  • examination of the simple ritual form that exists to support practice;
  • exploration of shikantaza (‘just sitting’), koan practice, and the teacher-student relationship;
  • investigation of the vows and precepts that give ethical and spiritual strength to Zen practice;
  • and the opportunity next day to put what you’ve learned into practice in a Zazenkai (a full day of zazen and dharma inquiry)

Cost:  $50/$35 concession – to cover cost of hall hire and your copy of ‘Beginning Zen’ handbook (25pp).  Plus an offering of dana (donation, generosity)* for the teaching.

*In accordance with Buddhist tradition the teaching is offered to you as a gift (dana), opening the way for you to explore the heart-opening practice of generosity (dana) in return.

Jul
14
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Jul
21
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

Jul
28
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and dive deep into silence and community with the Zen Open Circle. 

On three Friday’s per month we gather at the Sydney Zen Centre to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and to enjoy being in the company of others who are walking the Way of Zen (our sangha!). Afterwards there is also the possibility of continuing the nourishment with a shared meal nearby. All are welcome!

This practice will provide you with the opportunity to settle deep into shared silence in the beautiful space of the Sydney Zen Centre.

Previous experience in this tradition is not required. We can provide an orientation for anyone who is new or returning to practice. Please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au if you would like an orientation or have any questions.

For those who are interested in our Beginning Zen Course (https://www.facebook.com/events/1231511473611824/), these Friday events could be a great opportunity to experience zen practice before the ‘theory’ of the course is introduced. A chance to simply sit and be.

This is a free event. Dana (a donation) is welcome if you would like to contribute towards the costs for the event.

FAQ:
Q: Do I need to have previous experience in Zen?
A: Nope. If anything, that will probably be helpful!

Q: Do I need to be able to sit on the floor?
A: No, simple chairs can be provided. We prefer that you can be comfortable in your sitting.

Q: How long does a round of zazen (sitting meditation) last?
A: We sit for 25mins. This is followed by walking practice (about 5mins).

 

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