The SZC offers monthly Sunday morning meditation groups (zazenkai) which are offered on the third Sunday of each month, from 8:30 am to 12 pm, at the city zendo. Each zazenkai includes a dharma talk and dokuksan (interview with the teacher).

July 15 – Intensive practice period with Saturday zazenkai, led by Allan Marett

August 20 – Dharma talk by senior student, Janet Selby, dokusan with Gillian Coote, roshi

September 17 – Dharma talk by Maggie Gluek, roshi

November 19 – Dharma talk by Paul Maloney, roshi

Other Sunday events that replace zazenkai:

October 15 – Annual General Meeting, zazen 9-10am, AGM starts 10.30am, Potluck lunch


  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
20/08/2017 8:30 AM 12:00 PM Gillian Coote 251 Young Street, Annandale
17/09/2017 8:30 AM 12:00 PM Maggie Gluek – Friends Dojo 251 Young Street, Annandale
19/11/2017 8:30 AM 12:00 PM Paul Maloney 251 Young Street, Annandale
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at 251 Young Street, Annandale
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - with Maggie Gluek – Friends Dojo - at 251 Young Street, Annandale
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - with Paul Maloney - at 251 Young Street, Annandale

Gillian Coote, co-ordinating teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, met Robert Aitken Roshi in l980, regularly attending his annual sesshin in Sydney as well as training periods and sesshin in Hawai'i. She also studied with John Tarrant and Subhana Barzaghi, from whom she received dharma transmission in June 2004 at Kodoji, Temple of the Ancient Ground. Gillian has been involved with developing sangha at Sydney Zen Centre since the early '80's, organising sesshin, editing SZC's journal, Mind Moon Circle, and building Kodoji at Gorricks Run with her husband, architect/builder Tony Coote, over many years, inspired by their experience of sangha building at the Ring of Bone Zendo in California in l982. She trained with Joanna Macy and for fifteen years was the co-ordinator of the Sydney branch of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She has practised with Thich Nhat Hanh, attending his artists' retreat in Ojai, CA and joining his pilgrimage to Buddhist sites in India and Nepal; she directed and produced 'The Awakening Bell', a documentary film made during his visit to Sydney. Gillian is a social documentary filmmaker, writer, grandmother and bush regenerator.