Winter Sesshin

Friday June 5 to Wednesday June 10 (including Queen’s Birthday June 8)

This is an online sesshin held via Zoom and led by Paul Maloney Roshi and Jane Andino, apprentice teacher. Jane has been a student of Paul’s for many years, and was invited to be an apprentice teacher in 2018. She is a leader in the Blue Mountains Zen group, and also works as a musician. Paul is a Diamond Sangha teacher with 50 years experience of Zen practice in both Australia and Japan, and has been teaching at the Sydney Zen centre since 2002. Paul and Jane will be joined by Maggie Gluek, also a Diamond Sangha teacher, who will offer dokusan in the morning block. Maggie is the teacher for the Friends Dojo in Wahroonga, Sydney.

The theme of our sesshin is “Sitting alone on Ta Hsiung Peak”. In this time of social isolation, we can reflect on impermanence as a mark of existence, as exemplified by the impact of the COVID-19 virus, on our daily lives. In addition, we will have the opportunity to explore the connection of our zazen to these social challenges, and our response in compassionate action.

Winter sesshin starts on Friday evening and finishes at midday on Wednesday. There are four blocks of zazen per day: Early morning, Late morning, Afternoon and Evening.

Participants can sign up for any blocks, but are urged to take advantage of the long weekend and sign up for the full Saturday, Sunday and Monday sittings.

Attending the opening of sesshin on the Friday evening is mandatory unless there are exceptional reasons not to. This is the first online sesshin that the SZC has held so we want to ensure that you understand how the schedule will work and can ask any questions about technical aspects before the sesshin begins.

The schedule will include online zazen, walking meditation, sutra recitation, dokusan and a teisho every evening, all from the comfort of your own home. Please set up a quiet place in your home, so you can sit comfortably and without distraction.

Attending sesshin at home is a wonderful opportunity to integrate your zazen and work/home practice. As we move between the blocks of zazen and the demands of a busy schedule, we find how to be unbusy in all our activities.

Full sutra service –MP3 recording


SZC member – full time: $150
SZC member – per block: $10

Non SZC member – full time: $220
Non SZC member – per block: $15

Enquiries and bookings: Zoe Thurner

Sesshin Application form here
This is an interactive form, please tick your sitting blocks for each day on page 3 and send to Zoe.
To reserve your place, return the application form with full payment by Friday 29 May


SZC will hold other sesshins during the year:

Spring sesshin at Kodoji, led by Gillian Coote, roshi with apprentice teacher Will Moon
Saturday October 3 – Saturday October 10 (includes Labour Day Oct 5)
Contact: Janet Selby

Rohatsu sesshin at Annandale, led by apprentice teacher Jane Andino and Paul Maloney, roshi (non-residential)
Saturday December 5 to Wednesday December 9
Contact: Lesley Treleaven


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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.

Paul Maloney is a Sydney Zen Centre teacher who practises mostly in the Blue Mountains. Paul 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 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. Paul is the teacher of the SZC Blue Mountains group and is supervising Apprentice teacher, Jane Andino.