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 20 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Jane Andino. She will be discussing motivations and aspirations with reference to Case 16, ‘The Sound of the Bell‘
February 17 – Dharma talk by Helen Redmond and dokusan with Gillian Coote, roshi. Helen explores Zen Practice and Environmental Activism: springing from the same source.
Helen Redmond has been involved in Zen for over 30 years, has been a doctor for 25 years, and has been an environmental activist for Doctors for the Environment Australia for 9 years. In her dharma talk Helen explores how how her love of nature brought her to Zen practice and how her practice in turn has deeply inspired and informed her work protecting the environment. She asks the question – how do we live an embodied practice in a time of environmental loss and change? How do we respond and act? Is there anything we can do?
March 17 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Maggie Gluek, roshi
April – No zazenkai this month (Autumn Sesshin)
May 19 – Dharma talk by Peter Bursky
June 16 – 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 21 – Dharma talk by Brendon Stewart
August 18 – Possible Study group in the morning with Gillian Coote, roshi
September 15 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Paul Maloney, roshi (tbc)
October 20 – AGM with potluck lunch replaces zazenkai – 9-10am zazen, meeting starts at 10.30am
November 17 – Dharma talk by and dokusan with Maggie Gluek, roshi
December – There is no zazenkai this month