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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).

 

Aug
5
Sat
Morning Sit @ Cloud Mountain
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Morning Sits begin at 10am with shared morning tea, then 1.5 hours of meditation are followed by koan inquiry. Ends at 1pm.

Deepening Zen Class + Special Film Screening: ‘Zen – the life of Dogen’ @ Buddhist Library - Camperdown
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Special Event: Deepening Zen Class + Reel-to-Real Mini-Film Festival

Please join us on Saturday 5th August for either, or both, of these events. (Note that this special event will replace the August Zazenkai).

Deepening Zen Class

12:45pm-4:45pm
Please register for the class here
Cost:
ZOC Members Free+Dana /  Non-members: $40 / $25 concession

This is a special four-hour class designed to clarify and deepen your understanding of Zen practice — partly as a follow-up to Beginning Zen, but designed to deepen any established, steady meditation practice. Newcomers are also welcome.

You will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of the history of Chan/Zen, its Indian roots, and existing Chinese cultural seedbed, especially Daoism, and its transition to Japan; 
  • A practical and more detailed sense of the character of the two main schools of Chan/Zen practice – Caodong (Soto) and Linji (Rinzai), or ‘Just sitting’ and ‘Koan introspection’ 
  • Ending in a detailed guided experience of Shikantaza (just sitting’) meditation, with follow-up discussion.
  •  An opportunity to come together to explore the mysteriousness life in the company of other curious hearts and minds.

Preceded by shared potluck lunch at 12pm – bring food to share and help set up.

Reel-to-Real Film Screening

5pm-7pm
Free for ZOC Members

Non-members: $12 / $10 concession
Register for the screening here

Following on from the Deepening Zen class there will be a screening of Zen (a beautiful feature-film exploring the life of Dogen), with a bonus17-minute documentary on Dogen’s philosophy). Dogen Kigen was the towering Zen master who revolutionized and energised Zen practice in 13th century Japan:

“Zen” is a masterly 2009 film directed by Banmei Takahashi and starring Nakamura Kantarō II (a famous Kabuki actor) as Dogen. The film is a biography of Dōgen Zenji (道元禅師) (19 January 1200 – 22 September 1253), a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher. After travelling to China to study, Dogen founded the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan. The Buddhist Film Foundation described it as “a poignant, in-depth, reverent and surprisingly moving portrait of Eihei Dogen.” 
Aug
6
Sun
Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Aug
11
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Aug 11 @ 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).

 

Aug
18
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Aug 18 @ 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).

 

Aug
25
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Aug 25 @ 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).

 

Sep
2
Sat
Weekend Retreat (Landcare + Haiku) @ Cloud Mountain
Sep 2 – Sep 3 all-day

Full details coming soon. 

Morning Sit @ Cloud Mountain
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Morning Sits begin at 10am with shared morning tea, then 1.5 hours of meditation are followed by koan inquiry. Ends at 1pm.

For this event we will be joined by other members from the Zen Open Circle who will be at Cloud Mountain for a Weekend Sutra Study Retreat. See calendar for more info. 

Sep
8
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Sep 8 @ 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).

 

Sep
15
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Sep 15 @ 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).

 

Sep
22
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Sep 22 @ 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).

 

Oct
7
Sat
Zen Open Circle Spring Sesshin (7 Day) @ Cloud Mountain
Oct 7 – Oct 14 all-day

Dates: 7-14 October 2017
Location: Cloud Mountain, Berry (South of Sydney)
Teacher: Roshi Susan Murphy 
Closing date for registrations: 1 October 2017
Click here to REGISTER 

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‘I went out following the scented grasses,
and came back following the fallen flowers.’
‘That is Spring mind itself.’

Join us for our classical seven-day Spring Sesshin with Roshi Susan Murphy

Spring at Cloud Mountain is the season of falling citrus blossoms, morning mists, a thousand birds, occasional wombats, many frogs…and Sesshin.

Sesshin is the offer of deep immersion in the Dharma in a setting of silence, zazen and silent work practice, with periods of open sitting and walking in the afternoon, opportunities for Dokusan (personal interviews with the teacher), and Teisho (Dharma talks) in the evening.

Spring Mind is the willingness to settle deeply and clarify heart and mind, allowing sorrows and joys to mature into human wisdom and compassion. It’s the intimacy of not-knowing, not-forcing — just opening to the natural radiance of being more fully here.

Roshi Susan will be assisted by Apprentice Teacher Kirk Fisher from Melbourne Zen Group at this Sesshin, which will also include the beautiful Ceremony of Jukai (Taking the Precepts) for several people.

Spring Sesshin typically fills early. Don’t delay if it’s your intention to attend. Click here to REGISTER 

Please note:
1. Spring Sesshin usually fills early, so don’t delay your registration if it is your intention to attend.
2. If visiting from interstate please book your return flights no earlier than 5pm on the final day of the retreat. It sometimes happens that there can be delays on the train line from Berry to Sydney due to trackwork.
3. For insurance reasons it is necessary to be a member of the Zen Open Circle in order to attend this retreat. Please register for the retreat using this form and our Membership Officer will contact you shortly with information about your membership renewal.

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Cost:
Full time attendance (Saturday to Saturday): $490 + dana*
Full time concession: $400 + dana*
Part time: $80 per day + dana*
Part time concession: $65 per day + dana*

What does the Sesshin fee include?
Zen Open Circle is a not-for-profit organization. Apart from sesshin, our teacher Roshi Susan Murphy receives no payment at all for the generous time she devotes to teaching. Your Sesshin fee includes a contribution towards sesshin costs such as food, accommodation, consumables, insurance etc, with surplus funds from fees, if any, being put toward general ZOC revenue (from which Sesshin scholarships are drawn).

What is ‘dana’?
Dana is the practice of generosity and is central to the life and sustainability of our community. With dana we celebrate the many ways in which we benefit from the great gift of existence and help to support each other’s work. As Roshi Susan does not receive formal payments for her teaching, it is customary that we offer dana in the form of money at the end of each retreat. This money helps to make possible the ongoing gift of Roshi’s teachings and is an acknowledgement of the special relationship between teacher and student. These offerings come from the heart and remain anonymous in nature.

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Oct
20
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Oct 20 @ 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).

 

Oct
27
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Oct 27 @ 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).

 

Nov
4
Sat
Morning Sit @ Cloud Mountain
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Morning Sits begin at 10am with shared morning tea, then 1.5 hours of meditation are followed by koan inquiry. Ends at 1pm.

Nov
5
Sun
Zazenkai + Zen Open Circle AGM @ Buddhist Library
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Nov
10
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Nov 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).

 

Nov
17
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Nov 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).

 

Nov
24
Fri
Friday Night Deep Dive @ Sydney Zen Centre
Nov 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).

 

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