All are welcome to participate in orientations to Zen Buddhist practice. Come along on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm once a month (except March 2020 which is on a Tuesday), to 251 Young Street, Annandale (see schedule below). Our orientations are a very relaxed way to start your Zen journey. There will be instructions about sitting and walking meditation, as well as some information about Zen philosophy and rituals. Please wear loose dark, preferably black, clothing. It is better not to wear tight fitting jeans or belts to ensure circulation of blood in your legs. When sitting with the group avoid wearing revealing or patterned clothing, perfume and noticeable jewellery, so there are no distractions from your meditation practice.

There is a cost of $20, which entitles you to the Newcomers Orientation evening as well as attendance at either the next Beginners’ night or Dharma Café (on alternate months). This is payable by cash only on the Orientation night. At the orientation, a senior Zen student will talk to you about our practice, rituals and philosophy and you’ll have a chance to try it for yourself. The Beginners’ night and Dharma Cafe are opportunities to ask a teacher about practice in daily life or any questions that emerge for you after the orientation.

Orientations take place by appointment only, so if you wish to attend an orientation you will need to email the person whose name is down for your preferred night (below). Once you have booked please confirm by email a few days before the orientation. You don’t need to book in now to a Beginners’ night or Dharma Café.

We’re looking forward to meeting you …


There isn’t an orientation this month

Orientation: Thursday 6th
Contact Janet Selby to book:
Dharma Cafe: Monday 10th & Wednesday 12th

Orientation:  Tuesday 3rd 
Contact Stephen Crump to book:
Beginners’ Night: Tuesday 10th with Maggie Gluek, roshi

Orientation: Thursday 2nd 
Contact Jill Steverson to book
Dharma Cafe: Monday 6th & Wednesday 8th

Orientation: Thursday 7th
Contact Alex Budlevskis to book
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 14th with Gillian Coote, roshi

Orientation: Thursday 4th
Contact Sue Bidwell
Dharma Cafe: Monday 8th & Wednesday 10th

Orientation: Thursday 2nd
Contact Kim Bagot to book 
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 9th with apprentice teacher, Jane Andino

Orientation: Thursday 30th July
Contact Kerry Stewart to book
Dharma Cafe: Monday 3rd & Wednesday 5th

Orientation: Thursday 3rd
Contact Jill Steverson to book
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 10th with

Orientation: Thursday 1st
Contact Stephen Crump to book
Dharma Cafe: Monday 3rd & Wednesday 5th

Orientation: Thursday 5th
Contact Brendon Stewart to book
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 12th with

Orientation: Thursday Nov 26th
Contact Kim Bagot to book
Dharma Cafe: Monday Nov 30th & Wednesday Dec 2nd