Each Monday and Wednesday evening Sydney Zen Centre offers seated meditation, or zazen as it is called in Zen Buddhism, either at the dojo in Annandale or on Zoom. On Thursday evenings Apprentice teachers host Zoom zazen. Dokusan, a private interview with the teacher to talk about your practice can be arranged via

Subhana Barzaghi teaches on Monday nights and Gillian Coote teaches on Wednesday nights. Thursday nights are hosted by SZC apprentice teachers – Jane Andino and Peter Bursky.

Measures to prevent the spread of Covid 19:

The Board and teachers have decided to offer some online meditation groups via Zoom to minimise the risk of Covid 19 to ourselves and spreading through the sangha. We have returned to the Annandale zendo on alternate Monday and Wednesday evenings. You can find the requirements of entry to the zendo here. Wearing a mask is advised. There are a limited number of people allowed in the dojo, so bookings are essential via This is the schedule for the next couple of months:


Mon 16: Annandale with Subhana & Peter
Wed 18: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 19: Zoom with Jane

Mon 23: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 25: Annandale with Gilly
Thu 26: Zoom with Peter

Mon 30: Annandale with Subhana


Wed 2: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 3: Zoom with Jane

Mon 7: Zoom with Jane & Peter       (Rohatsu sesshin)
Wed 9: Annandale with Gilly
Thu 10: Zoom with Peter

Mon 14: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 16: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 17: Zoom with Jane

Mon 21: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 23: Annandale with Gilly
Thu 24: Zoom cancelled                  (Christmas Eve)

Mon 28: Annandale with Peter
Wed 30: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 31: Zoom cancelled                  (New Year’s Eve)


Mon 4: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 6: Annandale with Gilly
Thu: 7: Zoom with Peter

Mon 11: Annandale with Peter
Wed 13: Zoom with Will
Thu: 14: Zoom with Jane

Mon 18: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 20: Annandale with Maggie
Thu 21: Zoom with Peter

Mon 25: Annandale with Peter
Wed 27: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 28: Zoom with Jane

If you are a non-member participating in our on-line meditation program, we request a facility fee of $5 (provided your income makes this affordable).  If you are a non-member and attend our sitting group at Annandale the fee is $10. You can pay this direct to our bank account: BSB 062 182 Account number 1013 7103. Please tag the payment with your name and the letters “FF”.


On-line practice community dojo (via Zoom):

To participate you need a camera and microphone on your computer or phone. If this is the first time you have used Zoom, you will need to install a web browser client, which will download automatically when you join the meeting.  Please allow a few minutes to do this, so that you are ready to start at 7.00 pm.

Monday evenings – with Subhana Barzaghi and Peter Bursky

If you are interested in participating in the Monday night Zoom sitting group with Subhana, or at Annandale with Subhana and Peter Bursky please express your interest by email to

Wednesday evenings – with Gillian Coote

If you are interested in participating in a Zoom sitting group with Gilly or with her at Annandale on the alternate Wednesday nights, please email

Thursday evenings – via Zoom with apprentice teachers, Jane Andino or Peter Bursky

Please email if you are interested in participating.

The Board wishes you all a safe time ahead. And in this time of uncertainty we recommend you maintain your practice and remember to breathe and stay connected.


There will be no sitting at our city zendo in Annandale on public holidays or when sesshins (retreats) are being held at our bush zendo, Kodoji.

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.



  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
Monday 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Subhana Barzaghi
Wednesday 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Gillian Coote
Thursday 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Gillian Coote, Subhana Barzaghi Zoom
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at Zoom

Gillian Coote, a senior resident teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, met Robert Aitken Roshi in 1980, 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 sesshins, editing SZC's journal, Mind Moon Circle and being involved in sangha ceremonies and activities. Inspired by their experience of sangha building at the Ring of Bone Zendo in California in 1982, Gilly and her architect/builder husband Tony, have built and maintained, with the help of the sangha, our bush zendo Kodoji at Gorricks Run. She trained with environmental activist and Buddhist scholar, 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, California and joined 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. She is supervising apprentice teacher, Will Moon.

Subhana Barzaghi, a senior resident teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, has been practising meditation for over 40 years. She has studied in Australia and California with John Tarrant Roshi, 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 in 1996 from Aitken Roshi and John Tarrant Roshi at our bush zendo, Kodoji 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 region of NSW, where she lived for 20 years. She was also the founder of the Kuan Yin Zen Centre in Lismore. 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 and New Zealand. Subhana has mentored and appointed eight Apprentice Teachers in the Diamond Sangha tradition.