Baby Naming Ceremony

Sunday 25th June

A special family event will be held at Annandale to celebrate the naming of new babes in the sangha.

If you’d like to include your child in this welcome, let Janet Selby know:

Our special family event will take place in a flower-filled child-friendly dojo. We will start with zazen from 10.30 am to 11.30, then we will have tea. The Ceremony will begin at 12 noon with the children placing their gifts on a special low altar in the dojo, bathing our Baby Buddha statue in water and offering him flowers. After the ceremony we’ll share lunch together.

Bring something delicious to eat for lunch and some flowers to place on the low altar.


  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
25/06/2023 10:30 AM 2:00 AM Maggie Gluek, Gillian Coote
25/06/2023 10:30 AM 2:00 PM Gillian Coote
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10:30 AM - 2:00 PM - with Gillian Coote - at

Maggie Gluek has been a dedicated member of the Sydney Zen Centre for many years and is part of the collegial teaching team. She received Dharma transmission from Subhana Barzaghi roshi in April 2015, after being an apprentice teacher in the Diamond Sangha from 2003. She has co-taught sesshin with Subhana and Gillian Coote, offers dokusan at Annandale when the opportunity presents itself and gives dharma talks at zazenkai, including with the Canberra Zen Group. She began Zen practise in 1983 at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Centre, while on leave in her home town. Upon returning to Australia, she found the Sydney Zen Centre and took up formal koan study with Robert Aitken Roshi. She continued her study with John Tarrant and completed it with Subhana Barzaghi. She has long experience of leadership in the sangha. Maggie has degrees in literature and psychology. She is married with two adult children and several grandchildren.

Gillian Coote, a senior resident teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre, met Robert Aitken Roshi in 1980, regularly attending his annual sesshin in Sydney as well as training periods and sesshin in Hawai'i. She also studied with John Tarrant and Subhana Barzaghi, from whom she received dharma transmission in June 2004 at Kodoji, Temple of the Ancient Ground. Gillian has been involved with developing sangha at Sydney Zen Centre since the early '80's - organising sesshins, editing SZC's journal, Mind Moon Circle and being involved in sangha ceremonies and activities. Inspired by their experience of sangha building at the Ring of Bone Zendo in California in 1982, Gilly and her architect/builder husband Tony, have built and maintained, with the help of the sangha, our bush zendo Kodoji at Gorricks Run. She trained with environmental activist and Buddhist scholar, Joanna Macy, and for fifteen years was the co-ordinator of the Sydney branch of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She has practised with Thich Nhat Hanh, attending his artists' retreat in Ojai, California and joined his pilgrimage to Buddhist sites in India and Nepal. She directed and produced 'The Awakening Bell', a documentary film made during his visit to Sydney. Gillian is a social documentary filmmaker, writer, grandmother and bush regenerator. She is supervising apprentice teacher, Will Moon.