The Board and teachers have decided to cancel some activities and offer others online over the next few months, to minimise the risk of Covid 19 to ourselves and spreading through the sangha.

The Annandale zendo will be closed till further notice, but you can still begin your Zen journey with us. We will be conducting Orientations online via Zoom. Beginners Nights & Dharma Cafes are cancelled but you can join our regular online sitting sessions, after orientation, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Details about who to contact to register below. There is a $20 fee which can be paid directly to our bank account: BSB 062 182 Account number: 1013 7103. Please tag with your name, and the word “Orientation”.

The Board wishes you all a safe time ahead. And in this time of uncertainty we recommend you maintain your practice and remember to breathe and stay connected.


All are welcome to participate in orientations to Zen Buddhist practice. Come along on Thursdays 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 (exact money please…we have no change). 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 23rd 
Contact Jill Steverson to book:
Via Zoom: to participate you’ll need a computer or phone with camera and microphone

Orientation: Thursday 7th
Contact Alex Budlevskis to book:
Via Zoom: to participate you’ll need a computer or phone with camera and microphone

Orientation: Thursday 4th
Contact Sue Bidwell to book:
Monday 8th & Wednesday 10th
Via Zoom: to participate you’ll need a computer or phone with camera and microphone

Orientation: Thursday 2nd
Contact Kim Bagot to book:
Monday 6th & Wednesday 8th July
Via Zoom: to participate you’ll need a computer or phone with camera and microphone

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