Zazenkai is half a day of intensive zazen and a Dharma talk which provides an opportunity to deepen your practice. If you have not practised with us, please arrange an orientation before attending a zazenkai.
Zazenkai can be an introduction to longer practice, and is a good preparation for sesshin (retreats) where we sit for multiple days. When held at the zendo, Zazenkai is a rich practice format that includes a dharma talk given by a teacher or senior student, a sutra service, extended zazen and dokusan (interview with the teacher). Wearing a mask is optional in the dojo and at the discretion of the teacher for dokusan. Some months Zazenkai, including a dharma talk, is on Zoom (check schedule below). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
The Sydney Zen Centre relies on the financial support of its members and visitors. If you are not a member and are attending the zendo for zazenkai the facility fee is $10 (provided your income makes this affordable). If you are participating in our on-line zazenkai, we request a facility fee of $5. You can pay this direct to our bank account: BSB 062 182 Account number 1013 7103. Please tag the payment with your name and the letters “FF”.
January 15 – Annandale – Dharma talk and dokusan by Jane Andino, roshi
“Yun Men leads a treasure hunt”
February 19 – Annandale – Dharma talk and dokusan by Maggie Gluek, roshi
“Ritual in Zen practice and how it helps us take care of our lives”
March 19 – Annandale – Dharma talk and dokusan by apprentice teacher, Peter Bursky
Zen Master Hongzhi’s “Practice Instructions” titled “The Bright Boundless Field”
April 23 – Annandale – Baby-naming ceremony in lieu of zazenkai
May 21 – Annandale – Clay-zenkai 9.30am to 12pm
Be guided by Janet Selby in using clay as a mindfulness practice. We will make a small giving/receiving bowl at a cost basis $10, plus a suggested donation to SZC fundraising $50 Contact Janet if you’re planning to come: email@example.com
June 18 – Annandale – Samu at Annandale in lieu of zazenkai
July 16 – Annandale – Dharma talk and dokusan by Gillian Coote, roshi
August 19/20 – Bushwalking weekend at Kodoji – details tba
September 17 – Annandale – Dharma talk and dokusan by Peter Bursky
October 15 – AGM and potluck – replaces zazenkai – meeting starts at 10.30am (9-10am zazen) Potluck lunch
November 19 – Annandale – Dharma talk and dokusan by Paul Maloney, roshi
December 17 – No zazenkai this month