Our City Zendo

We recognise and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation, on which our zendo sits.

Many years ago our city zendo used to be a corner shop that is located at 251 Young Street, Annandale, in Sydney’s inner-west.


The Board and teachers have decided to offer online meditation groups via Zoom to minimise the risk of Covid 19 to ourselves and spreading through the sangha. We also have tentatively returned to the Annandale zendo on alternate Monday and Wednesday evenings. You can find the requirements of entry to the zendo here. Wearing a mask is essential. There are a limited number of people allowed in the dojo, so bookings are essential via info@szc.org.au.

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.


There is online dokusan – interview with resident teachers Subhana Barzaghi and Gillian Coote – by appointment.

Zazenkais are an opportunity to practice for a longer period of time which is a great preparation for going on a retreat. They are a rich exploration of the Way which involves a morning of intensive zazen,  including a dharma talk, held on the third Sunday of each month. These are held via Zoom.

Orientations for newcomers are held on Tuesdays, once a month. Please go to the Newcomers page to book in.

Precept recitation ceremonies are held every alternate month (on the full moon). They offer students an opportunity to reflect on the inter-connectedness of all beings and discuss the moral and ethical dimensions which arise from this realisation. Every other month we hold a Dharma Café which is a chance to ask questions and provides another opportunity for shared reflections on our practice in daily life. We also offer study groups, Buddha’s Birthday celebration, a Memorial ceremony, talks, workshops and city-based non-residential sesshins (retreats).


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