Practice with us



An invitation to practice with us


We invite you to practice with the Zen Open Circle sangha. 

Newcomers to Zen, or visitors from other sangha’s are always welcome at any of our events.

If you would like to visit Zen Open Circle, have a look at our Calendar or explore the different events and programs listed below. If you have any questions about your first visit, please get in touch through our connect page.

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

Online Training Programs

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.

Photo from ZOC 2015 Sesshin

Beginning Zen and 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

Zen Corners

Zen Corners, our member driven gatherings and projects, include study groups, sittings at members’ homes, social action, arts days, or shared rituals.

Photo from ZOC 2015 Sesshin

Real-to-real Zen film festival

(Coming Soon) Our wonderous film festival dedicated to films that touch into our practice.

On the great road of buddha ancestors there is always unsurpassable practice, continuous and sustained. It forms the circle of the way and is never cut off. Between aspiration, practice, enlightenment and nirvana, there is not a moment’s gap.

Continuous practice is the circle of the way.

This being so, continuous practice is unstained, not forced by you or others. The power of continuous practice confirms you as well as others. It means your practice affects the entire earth and the entire sky in the ten directions. Although not noticed by others or by yourself, it is so.


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