Samu – Annandale

Samu – June 16 at Annandale Zendo

Zazen from 8.30am to 9.30am. Gillian Coote, roshi will give a dharma talk at 9.30am before we commence our jobs at 10.15am. Feel free to come for as long as you can. Please bring some vegetarian food to share for lunch.

This is a wonderful opportunity to extend your practice into your daily life. Samu is an ancient way of giving something valuable back to the sangha through the generosity of your labour. Explore the joy of gardening, building maintenance, cleaning and mending at our city zendo. Our founding teacher, Robert Aitken, said that Zen without samu is a cult. So share with other members this most important part of your Zen journey by coming along to offer your time and skills, while having a great time with your sangha friends.

Contact: Brendon Stewart


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16/06/2019 8:30 AM 4:00 PM Gillian Coote
16/06/2019 8:30 AM 4:00 PM Gillian Coote 251 Young St, Annandale
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at 251 Young St, Annandale

Gillian Coote, co-ordinating teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, met Robert Aitken Roshi in l980, regularly attending his annual sesshin in Sydney as well as training periods and sesshin in Hawai'i. She also studied with John Tarrant and Subhana Barzaghi, from whom she received dharma transmission in June 2004 at Kodoji, Temple of the Ancient Ground. Gillian has been involved with developing sangha at Sydney Zen Centre since the early '80's, organising sesshin, editing SZC's journal, Mind Moon Circle, and building Kodoji at Gorricks Run with her husband, architect/builder Tony Coote, over many years, inspired by their experience of sangha building at the Ring of Bone Zendo in California in l982. She trained with Joanna Macy and for fifteen years was the co-ordinator of the Sydney branch of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She has practised with Thich Nhat Hanh, attending his artists' retreat in Ojai, CA and joining his pilgrimage to Buddhist sites in India and Nepal; she directed and produced 'The Awakening Bell', a documentary film made during his visit to Sydney. Gillian is a social documentary filmmaker, writer, grandmother and bush regenerator.