Spring Sesshin

“Over the silent peaceful days, breath by breath, as the ochre cliffs, eucalyptus forests, brilliant starry skies and the songs of frogs, crickets and birds advance and confirm the self, birds and trees and stars and we ourselves come forth in perfect harmony.” Our founding teacher, Robert Aitken, Dawn Cloud, l917-2017.

Sesshin is an invitation to leave the tumbling, noisy, incessant world behind. At Kodoji, in the valley of beauty and wilderness, practising in deep silence and letting go of ideas and preoccupations creates opportunities to wake up moment by moment – to come home to the lyrebird’s song, the starry heavens and the vastness of this universe. To come home to your true self.

 

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Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
30/09/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley, NSW
30/09/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley, NSW
01/10/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
02/10/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
03/10/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
04/10/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
05/10/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
06/10/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDpnald Valey
07/10/2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Gillian Coote Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
30/09/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley, NSW
30/09/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley, NSW
01/10/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
02/10/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
03/10/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
04/10/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
05/10/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley
06/10/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDpnald Valey
07/10/2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - with Gillian Coote - at Kodoji, Upper MacDonald Valley

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.