Meditation

Each Monday and Wednesday evening at our city temple in Annandale the Sydney Zen Centre offers seated meditation, or Zazen as it is called in Zen Buddhism. A teacher is available most of these evenings to provide dokusan (a private interview with the teacher).

Subhana Barzaghi teaches on Monday nights, supported by Allan Marrett, and Gillian Coote teaches on Wednesday nights.

If you are a newcomer and interested in attending our weekly meditation evenings, we ask that you undertake an orientation first – this provides simple instructions about sitting and walking meditation, as well as general information about Zen philosophy and rituals. Find out more about our orientation schedule here.

 

Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
Monday 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi Annandale
Wednesday 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Gillian Coote Annandale
Monday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Subhana Barzaghi - at Annandale
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at 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.

Subhana Barzaghi, a senior resident teacher of SZC the Sydney Zen Centre, has been practising meditation for over 40 years. She has studied in Australia and California with John Tarrant, in Japan with Yamada Koun Roshi, and in Australia and Hawaii with Robert Aitken Roshi, the founder of the Diamond Sangha. Subhana received Dharma transmission from Aitken Roshi and John Tarrant in 1996 at the Gorrick's Run Zendo. Subhana Barzaghi is a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, a mother of two children, and a grandmother. She was a founding member of the 'Bodhi Farm' community in the Northern Rivers, where she lived for 20 years. She was also the founder of the Kuan Yin Zen Centre in Lismore. Subhana presently lives in Sydney. Subhana is a Registered Religious Marriage Celebrant, and also teaches in the Vipassana Insight Meditation tradition. She leads workshops, Zen sesshins and Vipassana retreats at a variety of centres in Australia, New Zealand. Subhana has mentored and appointed eight Apprentice Teachers in the Diamond Sangha tradition.