Winter Sesshin

Friday June 9 to Wednesday June 14 (including Queen’s Birthday June 12) 

This sesshin is led by Jane Andino, roshi and apprentice teacher Peter Bursky. It will be held concurrently at the zendo and online via Zoom. As lay practitioners, we will have the opportunity to explore the connection of our zazen to our work, our home life, our place in the wider world, and our response in compassionate action.

In words attributed to Bodhidharma, Zen is “A special transmission outside the sutras/ Not founded on words or letters/ Directly pointing to the human mind/ Seeing into true nature and attaining Buddhahood”. In this sesshin we will explore that direct pointing through Linji’s shout, learn fromHakuin’s teachings and calligraphy, and find the Bodhisattva Path in our daily life.

Winter sesshin begins on Friday evening and closes at midday on Wednesday. There are four blocks of zazen per day: Early Morning, Morning, Afternoon and Evening. Participants can sign up for any number of blocks but are urged to take advantage of the long weekend and sign up for the full Friday to Monday sittings. The Annandale dojo is open for Early Morning, Morning and Afternoon blocks, but all Evening blocks are online.

Attending the opening of sesshin on the Friday evening is mandatory unless there are exceptional reasons not to. Dokusan will be offered in the morning and afternoon for those online and at Annandale. For those not booked for online dokusan, this will be a free period for outside kinhin, zazen, reading, or other meditation activity.

At Annandale, Peter will lead the sesshin on Saturday and Sunday, Jane on Monday and Tuesday. Friday evening and Wednesday morning will be only online.

The schedule will include zazen, walking meditation, sutra recitation, dokusan and a teisho every evening. Please set up a quiet place in your home, so you can sit comfortably and without distraction. Attending sesshin at home and at Annandale is a wonderful opportunity to integrate your zazen and work/home practice: we find how to be unbusy in all our activities.



SZC member – full time: $350
SZC member – per block: $20

Non SZC member – full time: $450
Non SZC member – per block: $25

Enquiries and bookings: Pablo Scodellaro:

Sesshin Application form here
This is an interactive form, please tick your sitting blocks for each day (either at the zendo or online) on page 3 and send to Pablo.
To reserve your place, return the application form with full payment by

Full sutra service – MP3 recording


SZC will hold other sesshins during the year:

Spring sesshin at Kodoji, led by Gillian Coote, roshi with apprentice teacher Will Moon
Saturday September 23 – Saturday September 30
Contact: Julie Robinson

Rohatsu sesshin at Annandale, led by Paul Maloney (non-residential)
Saturday December 2 to Friday December 8
Contact: Jill Steverson


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09/06/2023 5:30 AM 9:00 PM Maggie Gluek
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Jane began Zen practice in 2006 with a group of Buddhist meditators in the Blue Mountains. At this time she also took up koan study with Paul Maloney, and has continued to study with him since then. Since 2007 she has attended sesshin led by Subhana Barzaghi, Gillian Coote, Paul Maloney, Maggie Gluek and Allan Marett. In 2011 Paul Maloney was invited to be the teacher for the Blue Mountains Zen sangha, and since then Jane has been co-ordinator for the group. She has given dharma talks for SZC group in the Blue Mountains and at Annandale. Jane has a BA(Asian Studies) from A.N.U., but has devoted her working life to music as a pianist and composer, particularly in performance with her husband Ricardo.