On the third Sunday of the month SZC offers an extended meditation experience (zazenkai) at our city zendo.
Coming together to do zazen for a morning or a full day 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) in the morning. And every second month there will be a full day of practice and mindfulness, where the teacher explores a Dharma related theme with the students, in the afternoon. The activities in the afternoon can range from sutra and koan study, workshops, discussion groups and sharing, outside walking meditation and experiential exercises. Please bring your own lunch if you are staying for the whole day.
January 21 – Dharma talk by Jane Andino, dokusan with Paul Maloney, roshi (morning only 8.30am to 12)
February 18 – Dharma talk by Allan Marett (morning only 8.30am to 12)
March 18 – Dharma talk ‘Awakening your Green Buddha’ by Subhana Barzaghi, roshi (full day 9am to 4pm)
April 15 – Dharma talk by Gillian Coote, roshi (morning only 8.30am to 12) – The topic of the talk will be ‘Beginner’s Mind’ which will include Suzuki Roshi’s thoughts on the matter, and how this mind is the heart of our practice, whether we’ve been practising for two weeks or a hundred years.
May 20 – Dharma talk by Peter Bursky, dokusan with Jane Andino (full day 9am to 4pm) Please bring your own lunch. Peter’s talk will focus on Case 9 of ‘The Gateless Barrier’ – ‘Ch’ing-jang’s Nonattained Buddha’
To assist with planning for the May zazenkai, would you please go to Eventbrite (link available soon) for further details and to register your interest in attending
June 17 – Samu (work practice) at Annandale replaces zazenkai this month. There will be a Dharma talk in the morning by Gillian Coote, roshi (full day 8.30am to 4pm) Bring some food to share for lunch
July 21 & 22 – 2 day zazenkai as part of the Transmission sesshin with Allan Marett
August 19 – Dharma talk by Brendon Stewart, dokusan with Maggie Gluek, roshi (morning only 8.30am to 12)
September 16 – Dharma talk by Jane Andino (full day 9am to 4pm)
October 14 – AGM with potluck lunch replaces zazenkai
November 18 – Dharma talk by Jill Steverson, dokusan with Gillian Coote, roshi (full day 9am to 4pm)
December – There is no zazenkai this month