Zen Foundations 2018: A short course in Zen practice with Susan Murphy Roshi / March 3-4, 2018, Sydney

Are you curious about Zen Buddhism but don’t know where to start?

Or perhaps you are a Zen student seeking to deepen your practice? 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about the Foundations of Zen practice first-hand from an inspiring and widely published Zen teacher


Date and time: March 3-4, 2018 / Saturday 1-4pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
Venue: Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre, 90 Church St, Camperdown
Cost: Early bird (ends February 1): $150 / $100 concession OR After February 1:  $180 / $130 concession
Registration: Click here to register


Program Overview


This short course grounds you in Zen practice, history and ritual.

Over one and a half days you will explore the two major streams of Zen practice and learn about posture, sutras, koan study and the teacher-student relationship. You will also meet longtime students and discuss the way Zen can enrich everyday life.

‘Shoshin’ (J.), usually translated as ‘Beginner’s Mind’, points to the mind unclouded by preconceptions, an open and eager mind unconcerned with ‘beginner’ or ‘advanced’. 

Designed to both introduce and deepen your grounding in Zen, this short course will enrich both Zen newcomers taking their first steps in practice, and seasoned practitioners intimate with their own shoshin.  

Part I – Introduction to the Zen tradition (Saturday)

  • A brief history of Zen
  • Posture, breath awareness/counting
  • Zen ritual and form
  • Walking meditation

Part II – Deepening Zazen (Sunday Morning)

  • Radical inclusiveness (Accepting all offers)  
  • Dogen and the Soto stream of Zen
  • Shikantaza (Just sitting)
  • Ethics, Vows and Precepts            

Part III – Deepening Inquiry (Sunday Afternoon)

  • Not knowing is most intimate
  • The timeless Koan stream of Zen 
  • The teacher-student relationship in Zen
  • Sangha, further practice, membership                                

Cost for the Two-Day Course

Early bird (ends February 1): $150 / $100 concession
After February 1:  $180 / $130 concession
(Cost includes class booklet ‘Beginning Zen’)

Limited places available – ensure your place before February 1, 2018

Registration: Click here to register

Please contact gassho@zenopencircle.org.au with any questions or enquiries. 

Susan Murphy is a gifted leader in the new generation of Zen Masters…. She is anchored in the old Asian tradition but she is also helpful if you have the courage to want more than that. She shows how Zen and Western, along with older, native traditions, illuminate each other. She locates spiritual work where it has always really belonged – bang in the middle of whatever is happening.

Roshi John Tarrant

Pacific Zen Institute

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