Autumn Peacemaker Sesshin

Easter dates had to be cancelled because of flooding in the MacDonald Valley. Your booking will be transferred to the new dates if you’re able to come. If you can’t, the sesshin fee will be refunded.

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.

Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th May
This sesshin will be led by Subhana Barzaghi, roshi and Maggie Gluek, roshi

Bodhisattva Peacemaker Vows are dedicated to cultivating oneness, healing, diversity, peace and harmony. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh adopted the phrase,

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way”. The 3 tenets of a Peacemaker are:

  • to penetrate the unknown
  • to bear witness and honor our pain for the world
  • to cultivate compassionate action

Our Earth household with its cycles of drought, raging devastating fires and torrential rain is under threat. With extinctions occurring rapidly and loss of biodiversity, fueled by climate change, we can enact our vows and intentions to manifest wisdom and compassion to protect humans and non-humans alike.

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.

Sesshin flyer and interactive application form here

The sesshin will be run on COVID-safe principles. If we have to limit numbers, preference will be given to full-time participants. We will practise social distancing, taking great care preparing food, washing and sanitising hands, and wearing face masks as required. There will be limited indoor accommodation, so participants are expected to bring tents.
We will be practising sitting meditation for seven or eight hours a day, so sesshin is not suitable for people without previous meditation experience.

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 stephenjcrump@gmail.com

 

SZC’s other sesshins during 2020:

Winter Sesshin at Annandale, led by Jane Andino (non-residential)
Friday evening June 11 – midday Wednesday June 16 (incl. Queens Birthday June 14) Contact: Pablo Scodellaro pablo.scode@gmail.com

Spring sesshin at Kodoji, led by Gillian Coote, with apprentice teacher Will Moon
Saturday October 2 – Saturday October 9 (includes Labour Day Oct 4) Contact: Janet Selby janetselby@gmail.com

Rohatsu sesshin at Annandale, led by apprentice teacher Jane Andino (non-residential)
Saturday December 4 to Wednesday December 8   Contact: Julie Robinson julesandco@live.com.au

Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
01/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
01/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
02/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
03/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
04/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
05/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
06/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
07/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
08/05/2021 5:00 AM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
01/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
01/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
02/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
03/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
04/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
05/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
06/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
07/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley
08/05/2021
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Kodoji, Gorricks Run, Upper MacDonald Valley

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.