Cloud Mountain Sitting Group

 

Cloud Mountain Sitting Group


What we do

We meet one Saturday morning each month (see Calendar for dates), beginning with a social morning tea at 10am, followed by several 25-minute rounds of seated meditation with brief walking meditation between rounds, starting at 10.30am.

In the final round of sitting, the silence is seeded with a Zen koan or two, and we conclude the morning with discussion led by the teacher, sifting through the rich range of responses the koans bring forth. We finish at 1pm.

Guided meditation is offered in the first round of sitting if there are inexperienced sitters, and if you are sitting for the first time, come 15 minutes early for advice about posture.

The basic form is low-key Zen in style, and people are welcomed from all meditation backgrounds or traditions, to share the silence and collective wisdom.

Need to know

Bring morning tea to share and Dana (donation) for the morning. There is a Dana bowl just inside the entrance.

The teacher, Roshi Susan Murphy, is a nationally and internationally recognized Zen master (Roshi) who teaches in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, and is the author of three Zen-related titles, Upside Down Zen (2004, 2006) Minding the Earth, Mending the World (2012, 2014); Red Thread Zen (2016).

 

About Dana

These mornings of meditation and teaching – unlike almost everything in this world – are offered as Dana, free of charge. Zen teachers are not remunerated in the usual way but embody the Buddhist principle of Dana (generosity), offering the teaching as a gift.

Your practice of Dana – generosity in return to support the teaching – completes the gift cycle and is greatly appreciated.

Where we are

Cloud Mountain Zendo is at 36 Wattamolla Road, Woodhill, 7km from Berry. Take Woodhill Mountain Road from the Princes Highway turnoff at the northern end of the township, continue up the range and turn left at the top down Wattamolla Road, following the large sign that says ‘To Kangaroo Valley’.

The entrance driveway to 36 Wattamolla Road is just 360m down on the RH side, but parking inside is limited. Please park instead on the wide, gravelled parking verge a little further down from the front gate, on the same side of the road, and enjoy the short walk in, unless that presents a physical challenge.


Upcoming Events at Cloud Mountain

Feb
4
Sat
New Year Weekend Retreat @ Cloud Mountain
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day

We invite you to join us for our first gathering retreat for the year.

A Zen Open Circle tradition is to open the year with a gathering at our zendo in Cloud Mountain, Berry. Surrounded by cliffs, clouds, frogs, and community we come together to practice sitting, walking, brushwork, swimming, eating, and more.

Please register to help us with planning

*Dana (a donation) is invited for teaching and dojo maintenance fund. 

Program: 

Saturday
10am: Morning tea provided by local sitters
10:30-1pm: Zazen and Koan Inquiry
1pm: BYO Lunch
2pm: Afternoon of quiet sitting, writing, brushwork options.
Supper Provided: BYO nice things to add to soup, bread, and spreads.
After supper: Meditation and dharma talk before bed.
BYO tent or sleep in the dojo. 

Sunday
Early morning zazen and dokusan (interviews with the teacher)
Breakfast: Porridge, eggs, tea and coffee provided. BYO fruit to share.
Day: Maze walk and swim.
Lunch: Lunch at the pizza oven
1pm: Pack up and start for home…

Click here to register for this event.

Morning Sit @ Cloud Mountain
Feb 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.

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

Apr
22
Sat
Zen Open Circle Autumn Sesshin – ‘Dark of the Moon’ @ Cloud Mountain
Apr 22 – Apr 29 all-day
Zen Open Circle Autumn Sesshin - 'Dark of the Moon' @ Cloud Mountain  | Berry | New South Wales | Australia

Zen Open Circle invites you to join us for our upcoming five day Autumn Sesshin – ‘Dark of the Moon’, with Roshi Susan Murphy.

Dates: Formal Sesshin 22-27 April / Optional Extension: 27-29 April 2017
Location: Cloud Mountain, Berry
Teacher: Roshi Susan Murphy
Closing date for registrations: 15 April 2017
Inquiries: gassho@zenopencircle.org.au

Registration is essential: Click here to apply for this retreat now

 

Cost:
Full time attendance: $350 + dana*
Full time concession: $300 + dana*
Full time attendance + Sesshin Extension: $470 + dana*
Full time concession + Sesshin Extension: $420 + dana*
Part time: $80 per day + dana*
Part time concession: $65 per day. + dana*

About this Sesshin – From Roshi Susan
‘The luminous mind we begin to embody together in sesshin is sometimes called ‘the moon of Mind’. ‘GEn’ (Sino-Japanese) is a word meaning ‘dark’ with the sense of ‘empty, everything seamless and equal’. The deep stillness and silence that softens into just being in a more complete way – this has its own dark around it, an eloquent, pregnant power to convey the empty fullness of reality. So the dark of the moon implies the intimacy of not-knowing.

Come join us, under the brilliant open sky of sesshin – that will include a period of calligraphy, a period of poetry, as well as the customary offer of the age-old form of sesshin – which is, ‘Why not just be?’

What is ‘Sesshin’?
Sesshin is a formal zen retreat. It is dedicated to the deep settling and clarifying of heart and mind. It offers the rare gift of the Dharma in a setting of silence and collective practice. Each sesshin incorporates zazen (sitting), kinhin (walking), silent work practice, and the chance to work closely with the teacher privately.

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 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. These offerings can be made in cash at the retreat, or via direct deposit (details provided during the application process).

Who’s art is that?
The painting on our Sesshin advertising is the work of Australian artist Mel Brigg. You can find out more about his work here: http://www.wentworthgalleries.com.au/mel-brigg/

Jun
3
Sat
Weekend Retreat (Sutra Study) @ Cloud Mountain
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day
Weekend Retreat (Sutra Study) @ Cloud Mountain | New South Wales | Australia

Winter Weekend at Cloud Mountain 3rd-4th June 2017: Exploring the Genjo Koan

“To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.”
When: 3-4 June 2017
Where: Cloud Mountain, Berry. 
Cost: Dana (a donation to help sustain the work of our teacher).
Registration: Click here to register in advance (essential).

Our Winter Weekend at Cloud Mountain is fast approaching. If you intend to join us, please register now so that we can gauge numbers. 

This weekend is a time when we gather together around the fire of our practice to warm our hearts and study. Please join us for this late-autumn/early-winter break among the mountain mists, and clear air of Cloud Mountain. 

This year we will be exploring the Genjo Koan – one of Dogen Kigen’s most famous and poetic writings (you can read it on page 36 of our sutra books here).

Program: 

  • Arrive 3rd June before 10:30am
  • 10:30-1pm: Join the south coast sitting mob for meditation and koan inquiry 
  • 1-2pm: Lunch. Please BYO lunch. Shared plates welcome. 
  • 2pm: Sutra study of the Genjo Koan.
  • Early supper
  • Evening meditation and bed. 
  • Rise before dawn to sit with the bird chorus through to breakfast (porridge, plus any trimmings you may bring).
  • The morning will include shared activity including some samu (working meditation) for the temple and a bush walk.
  • Early lunch at the pizza oven (yum!)
  • 1pm: End of practice and time to return home. 

What to bring:
BYO warm layers of clothing, walking shoes, torch, sleeping bag, pillow, lunch plus some personal contributions to the food provided, and Dana (a donation) for the teaching and temple maintenance.

Transport:

  • Drive – or catch the South Coast line train that arrives in Berry at 10.14 – in order to arrive before 10.30 (morning tea awaits you!).
Morning Sit @ Cloud Mountain
Jun 3 @ 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. 

Jul
8
Sat
Morning Sit @ Cloud Mountain
Jul 8 @ 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.

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.

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. 

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

Our traditional weeklong Zen retreat. Very popular event! Register early!

Registration will open 3 months prior to the event.

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.

Dec
9
Sat
Morning Sit + Christmas Party @ Cloud Mountain
Dec 9 @ 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.

Full details closer to the event! 

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