Memorial Ceremony

We sit zazen from 9am and at 11am we hold a special ceremony for friends and family who have died. This ceremony is led by Maggie Gluek, roshi. We offer flowers, speak about the person or pet we grieve for, recite poems or sing songs. Weeping and laughing, we share together.

If you have a photo of your loved one, bring it along so it can be put on the altar. Following this intimate time, we share the food you’ve brought for a potluck meal. Come and join us for a very special day.

Please contact Janet if you plan to come



  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
12/11/2023 9:00 AM 1:00 PM Maggie Gluek 251 Young Street, Annandale
12/11/2023 9:00 AM 1:00 PM Gillian Coote 251 Young St, Annandale
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek - at 251 Young Street, Annandale
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at 251 Young St, Annandale

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.