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.

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