MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID 19 :
The Board and teachers have decided to cancel activities over April and May to minimise the risk of Covid 19 to ourselves and spreading through the sangha.
The Annandale zendo will be closed till further notice. At this stage, this means Zazenkais will not be held for the months of April and May.
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 – cancelled -Dharma talk by and dokusan with Jane Andino.
May 17 – cancelled – Dharma talk by Alex Budlevskis and dokusan with Gillian Coote, roshi.
June 21 – Samu (work practice) at Annandale replaces zazenkai this month. There will be zazen from 8.30am, a Dharma talk at 9.30am by Gillian Coote, roshi and work practice till 4pm. Bring some food to share for lunch
July 19 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with apprentice teacher Will Moon
August 16 -Dharma talk by and dokusan with Paul Maloney, roshi
September 20 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Paul Maloney, roshi
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