Calendar 2018

 

Each year Zen Open Circle offers a full calendar of retreats, local sitting events, and training courses. Check out the details below for an event near you. We welcome all who are interested in Zen practice to join us.

 

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Upcoming Events (Next 3 Months)

 

Date Event
1 Janruary Enrolment opens for our Online Zen Practice Group Term 1
1-2 February ZOC Leadership Retreat (NSW)
3-4 February New Year Weekend at Cloud Mountain (Berry NSW)
10-11 February Melbourne Zen Group Weekend Retreat (VIC)
16 February Friday Night Sitting Group begins (Sydney, NSW)
17 February  Enrolment closes for Online Zen Practice Group Term 1
3-4 March Zen Foundations Course (NSW)
16-23 March Mountains and Rivers Zen Group Sesshin (TAS)

 


Beginner and Foundations Courses

For Newcomers: Taking your first steps in the Zen tradition can be exhilarating, daunting, and full of wonder. Alongside attending Weekly or Online practice events, we recommend taking one of these courses to help introduce you to the incredible depth and breadth of this practice. Please feel welcome to contact us on gassho@zenopencircle.org.au with any enquiries about getting started in Zen practice. 

For continuing students: We are always beginners! Dive into these courses to deepen the foundations of your practice.

Date Event Location More information

March 3-4

Foundations of Zen Course Buddhist Library, 90 Church Street, Camperdown, NSW

Ideal for Newcomers and Continuing Students.

Click here for more information

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Retreats and Weekends

Throughout the year Roshi Susan offers a range of retreats in NSW, VIC, and TAS. These retreats are an opportunity to practice deeply and to build our connections with each other. 

Date Event Location More information
February 1-4  New Year Weekend Retreat + Leaders Gathering Cloud Mountain, Berry – NSW

Click here for more info

Click here to RSVP

February 10-11 Melbourne Zen Group Weekend Retreat TBA – VIC Visit the website of MZG for more info
March 16-23 Mountains and Rivers Zen Group Sesshin Kunanyi House – Hobart, TAS Click here for more info
April 14-21 Melbourne Zen Group Sesshin TBA – VIC Visit the website of MZG for more info
May 5-9  Zen Open Circle Autumn Sesshin Cloud Mountain, Berry – NSW Registration opens three months prior
June 30 – July 2 Mid-year Weekend Retreat (Bushwalk + Sutra Study) Cloud Mountain, Berry – NSW RSVP Required (coming soon) 
Sep 29 – Oct 6  Zen Open Circle Spring Sesshin Cloud Mountain, Berry – NSW Registration opens three months prior
November 17-18 End of year Weekend Retreat Cloud Mountain, Berry – NSW RSVP Required

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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. Check out the details below for a practice group near you! 

Sydney, NSW
Cloud Mountain – Berry, NSW
Castlemaine, VIC
Hobart, TAS (Coming soon)

Sydney, NSW

On the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month we meet in Annandale to practice sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and drink tea together. All welcome! Newcomers can contact gassho@zenopencircle.org.au with any questions. 

Date Event Location More information

6-8pm

February 16th
March 2nd/ 16th
April 6th/ 20th
May 4th/ 18th
June 1st/ 15th
July 6th/ 20th
August 3rd/ 17th
September 7th/ 21st
October 5th/ 19th
November 2nd/ 16th
December 7th

Friday Night Sitting Group 251 Young Street, Annandale

Click here for full details

Newcomers please arrive by 6pm for an orientation. 

Requested donation: $10+
This fee helps to pay for rental of the space.

Contact Warren on gassho@zenopencircle.org.au with any questions 

Cloud Mountain – Berry, NSW

Throughout the year we gather for regular practice at our Zendo in Berry, NSW. Please join us for sitting, koan inquiry, and a shared morning tea. All welcome.

Date Event Location More information and contacts

February 3rd
April 7th
May 5th
June 30th
September 1st
November 10th
December 1st

Cloud Mountain Sitting Group 251 Young Street, Annandale If you are visiting this group for the first time, please email gassho@zenopencircle.org.au to let us know you are coming! 

Castlemaine Zen Group, VIC

Date Event Location More information and contacts

Zazen: Monday Nights 8.15-9.15pm
Zazenkai (sutras, zazen and dharma discussion): First Saturday of each month 11am-1.30pm

Castlemaine Zen Group 133 Duke St Castlemaine Contact Kynan Sutherland
kynansutherland@gmail.com

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Online Zen Training 2018: Taking Part In The Gathering

Roshi Susan will be offering an online program of Zen training over three terms in 2018. This exciting opportunity is available to Zen Open Circle Members on a subscription basis for each term. With Members located around Australia, this will be the first time that we can come together regularly for shared practice. Check out the links below for full details. 

Date Event Location More information

Term 1:
5:30-7pm
February 18 & 25
March 11 & 25
April 8 & 22

Online Zen Training: Taking Part In The Gathering Your place. Wherever you are! Click here for full details

Term 2:
5:30-7pm
May 13 & 27
June 10 & 24
July 8 & 22

Online Zen Training: Taking Part In The Gathering Your place. Wherever you are! Click here for full details

Term 3:
5:30-7pm
August 12 & 16
September 9 & 23
October 7 & 2

NOTE: these two in October fall on 1st and 3rd Sundays

 

Online Zen Training: Taking Part In The Gathering Your place. Wherever you are! Click here for full details

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Sangha Meetings

The Constitution of the Zen Open Circle ensures that Members can contribute to the running of the sangha and shape the course of our practice together. Sangha meetings are open to all Members. 

Date Event Location More information

 TBA

Sangha Meeting 1 TBA Details coming soon

TBA

Sangha Meeting 2 TBA Details coming soon

November 26

Annual General Meeting Online.  Details coming soon

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