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Jul
2
Sun
Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Moon in the Water, Luminous Reality in Mind

 
Cold lake, for thousands of yards, soaks up sky colour.
Evening quiet: a fish of brocade scales reaches bottom, then goes
first this way, then that way; arrow notch splits.
Endless water surface moonlight brilliant.
 
– Dogen, trans. Kaz Tanahashi
 
We invite you to join us for this day of Zen practice in Sydney. All are welcome and no prior experience is required. 
 
At our recent practice weekend at Cloud Mountain (our Zendo south of Sydney) we made a special study of Dogen Kigen (1200-1253) and his marvellous Genjo Koan. This sparked a strong interest in this magisterial 13th century Zen master and the subtle and rewarding practice of Just Sitting (Shikantaza) for which he is very well known.
 
For this Zazenkai (day of Zen practice) we will focus on further exploring the rich mind of Dogen and the simple engrossing practice of Shikantaza. This connects with the is the so-called ‘other’ stream of our lineage/tradition which seamlessly draws together koan meditation (Rinzai/Linji Zen) with the ‘silent illumination’ of ‘just sitting’ (Soto/Caodong Zen).  
 
Program: 

10.00 — Gather and set-up
10.30 — Detailed guided meditation on Shikantaza, with q&a to follow
11.15-1pm — Zazen and opportunity to attend dokusan (private interview with the teacher).
1pm-1.45 — Lunch (please bring a plate to share)
1.45 — Sutras/Chanting, Zazen, final dokusan opportunity
2.30 — Dharma talk:  The Vast Mind of Dogen
3.15 — Zazen, Great Vows
3.30 — Pack up, clean up
4pm — Home 

 
The flow of the day:
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.

Aug
6
Sun
Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Moon in the Water, Luminous Reality in Mind

 
Cold lake, for thousands of yards, soaks up sky colour.
Evening quiet: a fish of brocade scales reaches bottom, then goes
first this way, then that way; arrow notch splits.
Endless water surface moonlight brilliant.
 
– Dogen, trans. Kaz Tanahashi
 
We invite you to join us for this day of Zen practice in Sydney. All are welcome and no prior experience is required. 
 
At our recent practice weekend at Cloud Mountain (our Zendo south of Sydney) we made a special study of Dogen Kigen (1200-1253) and his marvellous Genjo Koan. This sparked a strong interest in this magisterial 13th century Zen master and the subtle and rewarding practice of Just Sitting (Shikantaza) for which he is very well known.
 
For this Zazenkai (day of Zen practice) we will focus on further exploring the rich mind of Dogen and the simple engrossing practice of Shikantaza. This connects with the is the so-called ‘other’ stream of our lineage/tradition which seamlessly draws together koan meditation (Rinzai/Linji Zen) with the ‘silent illumination’ of ‘just sitting’ (Soto/Caodong Zen).  
 
Program: 

10.00 — Gather and set-up
10.30 — Detailed guided meditation on Shikantaza, with q&a to follow
11.15-1pm — Zazen and opportunity to attend dokusan (private interview with the teacher).
1pm-1.45 — Lunch (please bring a plate to share)
1.45 — Sutras/Chanting, Zazen, final dokusan opportunity
2.30 — Dharma talk:  The Vast Mind of Dogen
3.15 — Zazen, Great Vows
3.30 — Pack up, clean up
4pm — Home 

 
The flow of the day:
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.

Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
Aug 6 @ 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.

Zazenkai + Reel to Real Film Evening @ Buddhist Library - Camperdown
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov
5
Sun
Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Moon in the Water, Luminous Reality in Mind

 
Cold lake, for thousands of yards, soaks up sky colour.
Evening quiet: a fish of brocade scales reaches bottom, then goes
first this way, then that way; arrow notch splits.
Endless water surface moonlight brilliant.
 
– Dogen, trans. Kaz Tanahashi
 
We invite you to join us for this day of Zen practice in Sydney. All are welcome and no prior experience is required. 
 
At our recent practice weekend at Cloud Mountain (our Zendo south of Sydney) we made a special study of Dogen Kigen (1200-1253) and his marvellous Genjo Koan. This sparked a strong interest in this magisterial 13th century Zen master and the subtle and rewarding practice of Just Sitting (Shikantaza) for which he is very well known.
 
For this Zazenkai (day of Zen practice) we will focus on further exploring the rich mind of Dogen and the simple engrossing practice of Shikantaza. This connects with the is the so-called ‘other’ stream of our lineage/tradition which seamlessly draws together koan meditation (Rinzai/Linji Zen) with the ‘silent illumination’ of ‘just sitting’ (Soto/Caodong Zen).  
 
Program: 

10.00 — Gather and set-up
10.30 — Detailed guided meditation on Shikantaza, with q&a to follow
11.15-1pm — Zazen and opportunity to attend dokusan (private interview with the teacher).
1pm-1.45 — Lunch (please bring a plate to share)
1.45 — Sutras/Chanting, Zazen, final dokusan opportunity
2.30 — Dharma talk:  The Vast Mind of Dogen
3.15 — Zazen, Great Vows
3.30 — Pack up, clean up
4pm — Home 

 
The flow of the day:
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.

Sydney Zazenkai (Day of Zen Practice) @ Buddhist Library
Nov 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.

Zazenkai + Zen Open Circle AGM @ Buddhist Library
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dec
10
Sun
Rohatsu Sit with 108 Bells + Dinner @ Buddhist Library
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Includes a 108-bell meditation to mark the Buddha’s awakening, and end of year, then we adjourn to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

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