Welcome to the home page of the Sydney Zen Centre

Welcome to the Sydney Zen Centre, Australia’s original Zen Buddhist community, an affiliate of the Diamond Sangha founded by Robert Aitken Roshi who first visited Sydney in 1979 and then led annual sesshin (traditional Zen retreats) here for nearly a decade.

Regular Activities

Sitting meditation

Regular sitting and walking meditation groups are offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the city Zendo (251 Young Street, Annandale).


The SZC offers monthly Sunday morning meditation groups (zazenkai) which are offered on the third Sunday of each month, from 8:30 am to 12 PM, at the city Zendo (251 Young St. Annandale). Each zazenkai includes a dharma talk.


Sesshin, or meditation retreats, are held each year at Kodoji, SZC’s wilderness retreat centre at Gorricks Run and also at Annandale. ‘Sesshin’ means ‘to touch the heart-mind’ and is a time of intensive Zen training.

Beginners’ Orientations

These take place at our city Zendo once a month on a Thursday from 7pm to 9pm. Everyone is welcome.

Click here for more information on orientations, including dates and times.


Kodoji, Ancient Ground Zendo at Gorricks Run, nestles in a deep valley beneath the high sandstone cliffs of Yengo National Park. It is approximately two hours north-north west of Sydney near St. Albans. The facilities include a cottage equipped with a kitchen, dormitory style sleeping quarters, bush showers and a large and magnificent dojo (meditation hall).

For detailed information, go to the Calendar.

Contacting Us

Chairperson: Kerry Stewart stewartkerry4@gmail.com

Secretary: Helen Sanderson helen.sanderson@me.com

Treasurer: Jason Koh zazender@fastmail.fm

Mail: Sydney Zen Centre,
251 Young Street,
Annandale NSW 2038.
Email: info@szc.org.au

Contact us by email for any further information. If you are looking for a Diamond Sangha nearer your home, please check our Links page.

Supporting SZC

Donations towards SZC’s many activities are most welcome from people who practice with us, prior to committing to membership (see Links). Your donations support the rental of the Annandale zendo, the upkeep of Kodoji, financial support for the teachers, and the many other activities of the group.