On the third Sunday of the month SZC offers an extended meditation experience (zazenkai) at our city zendo.
Zazenkais vary from month to month: from half a day (morning or afternoon) to a full day of intensive zazen. All are welcome. If you have not practiced with us, please arrange an orientation before attending a zazenkai. Each month is different so please check below what’s on this month.
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). Occasionally there will be a full day of practice, where the teacher also explores a Dharma related theme with the students in the afternoon. 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, from 10am, will focus on Case 9 of ‘The Gateless Barrier’ ‘Ch’ing-jang’s Nonattained Buddha’.
In the afternoon (1pm to 4pm) Jane will explore how the “Golden Wind (Autumn) is manifesting itself.” Bring an Autumn poem to share, before our mindful walk to Whites Creek Valley Park. Then, over tea, there will be a discussion about My-Home-Practice, followed by more zazen and some reading of ‘Verses on the Faith Mind’.
To assist with planning for the May zazenkai, please go to Eventbrite 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 22 – zazenkai is replaced by the Transmission sesshin with Allan Marett
August 19 – Dharma talk by Brendon Stewart, dokusan with Maggie Gluek, roshi (afternoon only 2pm to 5pm)
September 16 – Dharma talk by Jane Andino (afternoon only 2pm to 5pm)
October 14 – AGM with potluck lunch replaces zazenkai
November 18 – Dharma talk by Jill Steverson, dokusan with Gillian Coote, roshi (morning only 8.30am to 12 noon)
December – There is no zazenkai this month