Meditation

On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Tuesday mornings we offer seated meditation, or zazen as it is called in Zen Buddhism.

We offer zazen at the Annandale zendo every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm.
Zoom zazen is offered Tuesday mornings (6.55am – 7.30am), and Thursday evenings (6.50pm – 8.30pm).

Covid safety measures for attendance at Annandale: Wearing a mask is optional in the dojo and at the teacher’s discretion when going to dokusan.

Zoom Thursday evenings:
You may have read in Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen :” Offerings, Precepts, Paramitas…” and wondered what actually is a Paramita.  Peter Bursky and Jane Andino will be offering another Thursday night series with talk followed by discussion on the Paramitas or Perfections. Originally there were six of them but, as the decimal system became popular, they turned into ten. Please go to the schedule below to see the topic for reflection & discussion.

Our founding teacher Robert Aitken wrote a book ‘The Practice of Perfection’ which explores the Paramitas as  ‘inspirations, not fixed rules’. If you want to use his book as an aid, you can find it in our SZC library or as Kindle/Ebook. Joe & Peter have used Aitken’s English translation of each Paramita.

There will be no sitting at our city zendo in Annandale on public holidays or when sesshins (retreats) are being held at our bush zendo, Kodoji (Autumn and Spring). When there is a non-residential retreat at Annandale (Winter and Rohatsu) there will be no regular Monday night sitting there, but everyone is welcomed to book into the evening block.

If you are a non-member and attend our sitting group at Annandale the fee is $10. If you are a non-member participating in our on-line meditation program, we request a facility fee of $5.  You can pay by cash at the zendo or directly into our bank account: BSB 062 182 Account number 1013 7103. Please tag the payment with your name and the letters “FF”.

If you are a newcomer and interested in attending our weekly meditation evenings, we ask that you undertake an orientation first. This provides simple instructions about sitting and walking meditation, as well as general information about Zen philosophy and rituals. Find out more about our orientation schedule here.

This is our teachers’ schedule for the next couple of months:

2024

MARCH
Mon 4: Annandale with Maggie – Full Moon Precept ceremony (Not Sparing the Dharma Assets)
Wed 6: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 7: Zoom with Jane – Paramita ‘Meditation’

Mon 11: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 13: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 14: Zoom with Peter – Paramita ‘Wisdom’

Mon 18: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 20: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 21: Zoom with Jane – Paramita ‘Compassionate Means’

Dharma Cafes:
Mon 25: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 27: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 28: Zoom with Peter  – Paramita ‘Aspiration’

APRIL
Mon 1: No sitting at Annandale – Autumn sesshin
Wed 3: No sitting at Annandale – Autumn sesshin
Thurs 4: Zoom with Jane – Paramita ‘Spiritual Power’

Mon 8: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 10: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 11: Zoom with Peter – Paramita ‘Knowledge’

Mon 15: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 17: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 18: Zoom with Jane

Full Moon Precept Ceremonies: Not Indulging in Anger
Mon 22: Annandale with Maggie
Wed 24: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 25: Zoom with Jane

Mon 29: Annandale with Subhana

MAY
Wed 1: Annandale with Will
Thurs 2: Zoom with Jane

Mon 6: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 8: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 9: Zoom with Peter

Mon 13: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 15: Annandale with Will
Thurs 16: Zoom with Jane

Dharma Cafes:
Mon 20: Annandale with Maggie
Wed 22: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 23: Zoom with Peter

Mon 27: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 29: Annandale with Will
Thurs 30: Zoom with Jane

JUNE
Mon 3: Annandale with Subhana
Wed 5: Annandale with Gilly
Thurs 6: Zoom with Jane

 

Online community via Zoom:
To participate you need a camera and microphone on your computer or phone. If this is the first time you have used Zoom, you will need to install a web browser client, which will download automatically when you join the meeting. If you are interested in participating in the Zoom sitting groups and have been orientated with us, you can get the link from:  info@szc.org.au

 

 

 

Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Teacher Address
Monday 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Meditation
Tuesday 6:55 AM 7:30 AM Meditation Zoom
Wednesday 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Meditation
Thursday 7:00 PM 8:30 PM Meditation Zoom
Monday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Meditation - at
Tuesday
6:55 AM - 7:30 AM - with Meditation - at Zoom
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - with Meditation - at
Thursday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - with Meditation - at Zoom