Easter dates had to be cancelled because of flooding in the MacDonald Valley. Your booking will be transferred to the new dates if you’re able to come. If you can’t, the sesshin fee will be refunded.
Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen into stillness, restore your inter-connection and place in the web of life, to build resilience, to see with new eyes, to realise and practice the way of peace and embody this in our world.
Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th May
This sesshin will be led by Subhana Barzaghi, roshi
Bodhisattva Peacemaker Vows are dedicated to cultivating oneness, healing, diversity, peace and harmony. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh adopted the phrase,
“There is no way to peace, peace is the way”. The 3 tenets of a Peacemaker are:
- to penetrate the unknown
- to bear witness and honor our pain for the world
- to cultivate compassionate action
Our Earth household with its cycles of drought, raging devastating fires and torrential rain is under threat. With extinctions occurring rapidly and loss of biodiversity, fueled by climate change, we can enact our vows and intentions to manifest wisdom and compassion to protect humans and non-humans alike.
Kodoji, or Ancient Ground Temple, is SZC’s retreat centre in the Upper Macdonald Valley, about two hours north-west of Sydney, via St Albans. Kodoji sits in a beautiful valley called Gorricks Run, surrounded by high sandstone cliffs and deep wilderness. Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen into stillness, restore your inter- connection and place in the web of life, to build resilience, to see with new eyes, to realise and practice the way of peace and embody this in our world.
Sesshin flyer and interactive application form here
The sesshin will be run on COVID-safe principles. If we have to limit numbers, preference will be given to full-time participants. We will practise social distancing, taking great care preparing food, washing and sanitising hands, and wearing face masks as required. There will be limited indoor accommodation, so participants are expected to bring tents.
We will be practising sitting meditation for seven or eight hours a day, so sesshin is not suitable for people without previous meditation experience.
Sesshin affords a unique opportunity to deepen and broaden practice. It’s an adventure too! Who ever knows what will manifest in the Dharma realms? Having said that, we can know that there’ll be lots of zazen (“the dharma gate of great ease and joy” as memorably described by Dogen), that feet will walk inside and outside the dojo, that meals will be savoured with focussed attention, that regular interviews and teisho will be on offer, that the beauty and power of Kodoji will hold and inspire us all.
Please plan to arrive at Kodoji by 2pm, or earlier! There’s plenty to be done in the way of setting up, putting food away, preparing for supper and organising one’s own tent or sleeping situation.
Contact: Stephen Crump firstname.lastname@example.org
SZC’s other sesshins during 2020: