Newcomers

All are welcome to participate in orientations to Zen Buddhist practice. Come along on Thursdays (Tuesday in May) from 7pm to 9pm once a month, 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…after the orientation please let the the person orientating you know if you’ll be attending the following Thursday night (or Tuesday night in May), for the next part of your journey.

We’re looking forward to meeting you …

2019 ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

JANUARY
There isn’t an orientation this month

FEBRUARY
Orientation: Thursday 14th
Contact Janet Selby to book: janetselby@bigpond.com
Dharma Cafe: Monday 18th & Wednesday 20th

MARCH
Orientation:  Thursday 14th
Contact Jill Steverson to book: jillsteverson@gmail.com
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 21st with Paul Maloney, roshi

APRIL
Orientation: Thursday 11th
Contact Janet Selby to book: janetselby@bigpond.com
Dharma Cafe: Monday 15th & Wednesday 17th

MAY
Orientation: Tuesday 14th
Contact Stephen Crump to book: stephencrump@pfsconsulting.com.au
Beginners’ Night: Tuesday 21st with Paul Maloney, roshi

JUNE
Orientation: Thursday 13th
Contact Kim Bagot: kimballb7@gmail.com
Dharma Cafe: Monday 17th & Wednesday 19th

JULY
Orientation: Thursday 11th
Contact Sue Bidwell to book: sue.bidwell17@gmail.com 
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 18th with Jane Andino, apprentice teacher

AUGUST
Orientation: Thursday 8th
Contact Kerry Stewart to book: stewartkerry4@gmail.com
Dharma Cafe: Monday 12th & Wednesday 14th

SEPTEMBER
Orientation: Thursday 12th
Contact Stephen Crump to book: stephencrump@pfsconsulting.com.au
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 19th with Paul Maloney, roshi

OCTOBER
Orientation: Thursday 10th
Contact Kim Bagot to book: kimballb7@gmail.com
Dharma Cafe: Monday 14th & Wednesday 16th

NOVEMBER
Orientation: Thursday 7th
Contact Jill Steverson to book: jillsteverson@gmail.com
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 14th with Jane Andino, apprentice teacher

DECEMBER
Orientation: Thursday 5th
Contact Alex Budlevskis to book: alexbudlevskis@gmail.com
Dharma Cafe: Monday 9th & Wednesday 11th