Autumn Sesshin

Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen into stillness, restore your inter-connection and place in the web of life, to build resilience, to see with new eyes, to realise and practice the way of peace and embody this in our world.

Friday 7th to Friday 14th April (including Good Friday & Easter Monday)
This sesshin will be led by Subhana Barzaghi, roshi and Maggie Gluek, roshi

The Bodhisattva Way of Compassion and Care

The Bodhisattva Way is comprehensive. It extends to all beings. Healing the ancient wound of disconnection means transcending ideas of us or them. This also includes befriending our idiosyncratic selves. We practise to realise the truth of interconnectedness, vowing to embody it fully. At sesshin we walk the Great Way together, with the Mahasangha around and within us. We become part of the healing of our world when we live in the wide embrace of compassion.

Kodoji, or Ancient Ground Temple, is SZC’s retreat centre in the Upper Macdonald Valley, about two hours north-west of Sydney, via St Albans. Kodoji sits in a beautiful valley called Gorricks Run, surrounded by high sandstone cliffs and deep wilderness. Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen into stillness, restore your inter-connection and place in the web of life, to build resilience, to see with new eyes, to realise and practice the way of peace and embody this in our world.

COST:
Full Time SZC member $    Non-member $
Part time SZC member $   per day Non-member $   per day

Early bird date:                      Payment after this incurs a 10% additional fee

Sesshin flyer and interactive application form here

COVID safe: The sesshin will be run on COVID-safe principles. To meet NSW Government requirements, participants will need to provide proof of their double vaccinated status. There will be a limited number of participants allowed to attend due to social distance rules and preference will be given to full-time participants. There is very limited indoor accommodation so students will pitch their own tents, bring their own masks and yoga mats. We will be COVID careful, with social distancing, taking great care preparing food, washing and sanitising hands.

Sesshin affords a unique opportunity to deepen and broaden practice. It’s an adventure too! Who ever knows what will manifest in the Dharma realms? Having said that, we can know that there’ll be lots of zazen (“the dharma gate of great ease and joy” as memorably described by Dogen), that feet will walk inside and outside the dojo, that meals will be savoured with focussed attention, that regular interviews and teisho will be on offer, that the beauty and power of Kodoji will hold and inspire us all.

Please plan to arrive at Kodoji by 2pm, or earlier! There’s plenty to be done in the way of setting up, putting food away, preparing for supper and organising one’s own tent or sleeping situation.

Contact: Stephen Crump stephencrump@pfsconsulting.com.au

 

SZC’s other sesshins during 2023:

Winter Sesshin, led by apprentice teachers Jane Andino & Peter Bursky
Friday evening June 9 – midday Wednesday June 14 (incl. Queens Birthday June 12)
Contact: Pablo Scodellaro pablo.scode@gmail.com

Spring sesshin at Kodoji, led by Gillian Coote, with apprentice teacher Will Moon
Saturday September 23 – Saturday September 30
Contact: Julie Robinson julesandco@live.com.au

Rohatsu sesshin at Annandale, led by Paul Maloney, roshi
Saturday December 2 to Friday December 8
Contact: Jill Steverson jillsteverson@gmail.com

Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
07/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
07/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
08/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
09/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
10/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
11/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
12/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
13/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
14/04/2023 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
07/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
07/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
08/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
09/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
10/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
11/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
12/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
13/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
14/04/2023
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek, Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley

Maggie Gluek has been a dedicated member of the Sydney Zen Centre for many years and is part of the collegial teaching team. She received Dharma transmission from Subhana Barzaghi roshi in April 2015, after being an apprentice teacher in the Diamond Sangha from 2003. She has co-taught sesshin with Subhana and Gillian Coote, offers dokusan at Annandale when the opportunity presents itself and gives dharma talks at zazenkai, including with the Canberra Zen Group. She began Zen practise in 1983 at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Centre, while on leave in her home town. Upon returning to Australia, she found the Sydney Zen Centre and took up formal koan study with Robert Aitken Roshi. She continued her study with John Tarrant and completed it with Subhana Barzaghi. She has long experience of leadership in the sangha. Maggie has degrees in literature and psychology. She is married with two adult children and several grandchildren.

Subhana Barzaghi, a senior resident teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, has been practising meditation for over 40 years. She has studied in Australia and California with John Tarrant Roshi, in Japan with Yamada Koun Roshi, and in Australia and Hawaii with Robert Aitken Roshi, the founder of the Diamond Sangha. Subhana received Dharma transmission in 1996 from Aitken Roshi and John Tarrant Roshi at our bush zendo, Kodoji Subhana Barzaghi is a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, a mother of two children, and a grandmother. She was a founding member of the 'Bodhi Farm' community in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, where she lived for 20 years. She was also the founder of the Kuan Yin Zen Centre in Lismore. Subhana is a Registered Religious Marriage Celebrant, and also teaches in the Vipassana Insight Meditation tradition. She leads workshops, Zen sesshins and Vipassana retreats at a variety of centres in Australia and New Zealand. Subhana has mentored and appointed eight Apprentice Teachers in the Diamond Sangha tradition.