MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID 19 :
The Board and teachers have decided to cancel some activities and offer others online to minimise the risk of Covid 19 to ourselves and spreading through the sangha.
The Annandale zendo will be closed till further notice, but we will be conducting zazenkais online, via Zoom, for the next few months. The format and length of time for these sessions are different from the usual schedule. Please read the details below. You can register by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
No dokusan is available during online zazenkai but all teachers are available to talk about your practice via Skype or on the phone. To make an appointment please email: email@example.com
The Sydney Zen Centre relies on the financial support of its members and visitors. 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). 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”.
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.
On the third Sunday of the month SZC offers an extended meditation experience (zazenkai) at our city zendo.
Coming together to do zazen for an extended period provides an opportunity to deepen our practice. Zazenkai can be an introduction to longer practice, and is a good preparation for sesshin (retreats) where we sit for multiple days. Zazenkai is a rich practice format that includes a dharma talk given by a teacher or senior student, a sutra service, extended zazen and dokusan (interview with the teacher).
January 19 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Jane Andino.
Jane will talk about Great Compassion: The action of love and wisdom in place of fear, and how we might view the emotions of anger and forgiveness from a Buddhist perspective.
February 16 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Maggie Gluek, roshi.
March 15 – no zazenkai this month
April 19 – Dharma talk by Jane Andino – via Zoom
May 17 – Dharma talk by Alex Budlevskis, teacher is Gillian Coote, roshi – via Zoom
June 21 – Dharma talk by Gillian Coote, roshi – virtually arrive via Zoom from 9.45:
July 19 – Dharma talk by apprentice teacher, Will Moon, the teacher is Gillian Coote, roshi – via Zoom
August 16 – Dharma talk by Maggie Gluek, roshi
September 20 – Dharma talk by apprentice teacher, Peter Bursky
October 18 – AGM with potluck lunch replaces zazenkai – 9-10am zazen, meeting starts at 10.30am
November 15 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Maggie Gluek, roshi
December – There is no zazenkai this month