On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings we offer seated meditation, or zazen as it is called in Zen Buddhism, either at the dojo in Annandale or on Zoom.

Subhana Barzaghi teaches on Monday nights and Gillian Coote teaches on Wednesday nights.

We will return to the Annandale zendo on alternate Monday and Wednesday evenings in February. You can find the requirements of entry to the zendo here.  There are a limited number of people allowed in the dojo, so bookings are essential via On the alternate Monday & Wednesday evenings there will be Zoom meetings.

Thursday nights on Zoom are hosted by SZC apprentice teachers – Jane Andino and Peter Bursky. In March and April Subhana Barzaghi and Mari Rhydwen will be conducting an 8 week Eco-Dharma training course, with invited guests sharing their knowledge about Climate Change.

Dokusan, a private interview with any SZC teachers to talk about your practice, can be arranged via

This is the schedule for the next couple of months:


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

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

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

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


Mon 1: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 3: Annandale with Gilly
Thu 4: Zoom with Peter

Mon 8: Annandale with Peter
Wed 10: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 11: Zoom with Jane

Mon 14: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 17: Annandale with Gilly
Thu 18: Zoom with Peter

Mon 22: Annandale with Peter
Wed 24: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 25: Zoom with Jane


Mon 1: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 3: Annandale with Gilly
Thu: 4: Zoom Eco-Dharma course

Mon 8: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 10: Zoom with Gilly
Thu: 11: Zoom Eco-Dharma course

Mon 15: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 17: Annandale with Gilly
Thu 18: Zoom Eco-Dharma course

Mon 22: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 24: Zoom with Gilly
Thu 25: Zoom Eco-Dharma course

Mon 29: Zoom with Subhana
Wed 31: Annandale with Gilly


Thurs 1: Zoom Eco-Dharma course

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”.

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.

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, Wednesday or Thursday Zoom evenings

If you are interested in participating in the Monday, Wednesday or Thursday night Zoom sitting groups please express your interest by email to

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.




  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.