Buddhist Library Ltd
90-92 Church St, Camperdown NSW 2050
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.
10am Gather, help with set-up
10.30 Zazen – with Encouraging Words from the teacher
11am Zazen, Dokusan
12pm Dharma Talk
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.