Newcomers

All are welcome to participate in orientations to Zen Buddhist practice. Come along on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm once a month (except December 2019 & March 2020 which are on Tuesdays), 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 …

2019 ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

DECEMBER
Orientation: Tuesday 3rd
Contact Alex Budlevskis to book
Dharma Cafe:  Monday 9th & Wednesday 11th

2020 ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

JANUARY
There isn’t an orientation this month

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

MARCH
Orientation:  Tuesday 3rd 
Contact Jill Steverson to book
Beginners’ Night: Tuesday 10th with Maggie Gluek, roshi

APRIL
Orientation: Thursday 2nd 
Contact Janet Selby to book
Dharma Cafe: Monday 6th & Wednesday 8th

MAY
Orientation: Thursday 7th
Contact Stephen Crump to book
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 14th with Gillian Coote, roshi

JUNE
Orientation: Thursday 4th
Contact Kim Bagot
Dharma Cafe: Monday 8th & Wednesday 10th

JULY
Orientation: Thursday 2nd
Contact Sue Bidwell to book 
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 9th with apprentice teacher, Jane Andino

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

SEPTEMBER
Orientation: Thursday 3rd
Contact Stephen Crump to book
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 10th with

OCTOBER
Orientation: Thursday 1st
Contact Kim Bagot to book
Dharma Cafe: Monday 3rd & Wednesday 5th

NOVEMBER
Orientation: Thursday 5th
Contact Jill Steverson to book
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 12th with

DECEMBER
Orientation: Thursday 3rd
Contact Alex Budlevskis to book
Dharma Cafe: Wednesday 7th