Rohatsu Sesshin

Monday 6  to Friday 8 December

This sesshin, led by Paul Maloney, roshi commemorates the Buddha’s realisation. We practice the Buddha Way together – sitting at our city zendo at Annandale during the day and going home to sleep at night. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to bring our practice into our daily lives.

It will be held at the SZC at Annandale and will be non-residential. While it may be possible to find billets for out-of-towners, this cannot be guaranteed. Participants can choose to attend full-time, or elect to attend for specific blocks (morning, afternoon, evening) on specific days. This flexible structure is designed to accommodate the demands of people’s busy lives, particularly at this time of the year. We ask only that all participants attend on Monday evening for the opening of sesshin, unless explicitly excused. We also ask that you maintain your commitment by coming to each block that you have signed up for.

In this sesshin, the kyosaku, or wake-up stick, will be offered from time to time but given only when requested – by students wanting encouragement and stimulation when they are sleepy, or when their practice feels stale. The sounds made by the kyosaku, like all sense experiences, are fulll and complete in themselves, and a reminder to come back to the theme of our zazen.

Participants will also be responsible for their own lunches. Suppers will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings.

Our Rohatsu sesshin is an opportunity for us to honour and realise for ourselves the Buddha’s path of liberation. The Buddha’s realisation after seeing the morning star is traditionally celebrated on the 8th of December. We will hold a special ceremony on the Friday night (7th) at the zendo, and encourage participants to get up early the next day to sit at home with the Buddha and stargaze into the heart of things. Everyone is welcome.

Contact: Jane Andino janeandino@yahoo.com.au

Rohatsu application form is an interactive pdf which can be found here. Please fill out the blocks of sitting you wish to attend and send it to Jane.

 

Photo credit: Morning Star by Joe Flintham CC BY-SA 2.0

 

SZC will hold 4 sesshins in 2019:

Autumn Sesshin at Kodoji, led by Subhana Barzaghi and Maggie Gluek
Friday April 19 – Friday April 26 (incl. Good Friday April 19 and Easter Monday April 22)  Contact:  Jane Andino janeandino@yahoo.com.au

Winter Sesshin at Annandale, led by Paul Maloney and Jane Andino (non-residential)
Saturday June 8 – Wednesday June 12 (incl. Queens Birthday June 10) Contact: Julie Robinson julesandco@live.com.au

Spring Sesshin at Kodoji, led by Gillian Coote
Saturday October 5 – Saturday October l2 (includes Labour Day Oct 7) Contact: Janet Selby janetselby@bigpond.com

Rohatsu Sesshin at Annandale, led by Jane Andino (non-residential)
Wednesday December 4 to Sunday December 8   Contact: Diana Levy diana.r.levy@gmail.com

Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
05/12/2019 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Paul Maloney 251 Young St, Annandale
05/12/2019 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Paul Maloney 251 Young St, Annandale
06/12/2019 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Paul Maloney 251 Young St, Annandale
07/12/2019 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Paul Maloney 251 Young St, Annandale
08/12/2019 9:30 AM 9:00 PM Paul Maloney 251 Young St, Annandale
05/12/2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Paul Maloney - at 251 Young St, Annandale
05/12/2019
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Paul Maloney - at 251 Young St, Annandale
06/12/2019
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Paul Maloney - at 251 Young St, Annandale
07/12/2019
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Paul Maloney - at 251 Young St, Annandale
08/12/2019
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM - with Paul Maloney - at 251 Young St, Annandale

Paul Maloney began his Zen studies in the late 1950s, and formal zazen in 1966. He went to Japan in 1968 and attended his first sesshin under the direction of Nakagawa Soen Roshi in December 1968. He continued his Zen daily zen practice while studying Aikido and the classical Japanese martial art of Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, and attended weekend zazenkai at Engakuji in Kita Kamakura. Returning to Australia in 1973 he, together with Leigh Davison and others, formed a sitting group that evolved into the Sydney Zen Centre sangha. He began formal koan study with Robert Aitken Roshi in 1979, and after continued with John Tarrant Roshi and Subhana Barzaghi Roshi. He is the teacher of the SZC Blue Mountains group, and the SZC Canberra Group. He retired, in 2008, from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, where he had been a Senior Lecturer and Director of the International Engineering Program since 1995. Prior to that, he had held the position of Assistant Director of the Japan Information and Culture Centre of the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney since returning from Japan in 1973. He has degrees in Asian history and Western philosophy. He has been a student of classical Japanese martial arts for over forty years. He now teaches Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, Kasumi Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu and related weapon systems in Sydney and Canberra. His wife, Yayoi, is a teacher of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, chanoyu, which she has been practicing for over fifty years.