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). Please bring a mask for chanting and 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 16 – Zoom – Dharma talk by Jane Andino “Finding abundance in this time of lack and insecurity and following the path of practice”
February 20 – Zoom – Dharma talk by Maggie Gluek “The Way of Emancipation: realising joy and appreciating foolishness”
March 20 – Zoom – Dharma talk by Peter Bursky: “Qinglin’s Poisonous Snake” (Case 59 of the Book Of Serenity)
April 18 – No zazenkai – Autumn sesshin
May 15 – Annandale – Dharma talk by Janet Selby, “Moon and Trees, Ancient Wisdom” (through her new ceramic artworks she explores the connection between local trees, serenity, perception and her meditation practice), dokusan with Gillian Coote roshi
June 26 – No zazenkai on 19th, Samu at Annandale 8.30 – 4pm, 12.30 Pot luck lunch
July 17 – Annandale – Jukai ceremony for Max Baker conducted by Subhana Barzaghi, roshi, 10am – 12pm
Max is a long-term member of the SZC. Max’s vows to the 16 Bodhisattva precepts will be the contemplative dharma teaching for the day. There will be an 1hr sit and then 1hr for Jukai ceremony and then sweets and nibbles afterwards. We have made it a shorter time due to Max’s family and 7 year old twins attending. All family, children and adults welcome.
August 21 – Bushwalking weekend and Cave zazenkai in the Blue Mts with Will Moon
Contact Will if you’re interested: email@example.com
September 18 – Dharma talk by Jane Andino, roshi
October 16 – AGM replaces zazenkai – meeting starts at 10.30am (9-10am zazen) Potluck lunch
November 20 – Dharma talk by Peter Bursky
December – There is no zazenkai this month