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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rohatsu sesshin at Annandale, led by Paul Maloney, roshi
Saturday December 2 to Friday December 8
Contact: Jill Steverson email@example.com