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Melborne Area


Jikishoan is a growing community of people studying and practising Soto Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Zen Master Ekai Korematsu Osho.

Ekai Osho is the Abbot of Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community and the principal teacher of all courses and workshops. He has practised and taught Zen Buddhism in Japan, the USA and India for over 30 years, and in Australia since 1999.

Jikishoan runs a range of programs throughout the year, which are conducted in the spirit of Bendoho – the original way of practice as prescribed by Dogen Zenji in the 13th Century.

Jikishoan is located in Melbourne, Australia.

Newcomers with an interest in Zen meditation and practice in daily life are always welcome


Sanzenkai (meditation)  from 5:30-7:30pm on Sunday evenings at the Australian Shiatsu College, 105 Evans Street, Brunswick. The Sanzenkai program includes walking and sitting meditation (zazen), Sutra chanting, a tea ceremony and a Dharma talk.

On your first visit, please arrive by 5:15pm so our guest manager can give a brief introduction and instruction. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

A donation for Sanzenkai may be made in the spirit of generosity.

You are welcome to join us after Sanzenkai for a vegetarian meal and informal chat with Jikishoan members and friends.

Sanzenkai is also held at the Footscray zendo from 7pm-9pm on Thursday evenings and includes zazen, kinhin, tea, Sutra chanting and a reading.

If you have any questions about Sanzenkai, please contact Jikishoan. Please note Sanzenkai is not held during retreat periods

MZC Kotusoonji Zen Temple is a practice centre offering Soto Zen meditation in the Melbourne Area at various locations. Kotsusoonji is the mother temple to Melbourne Zen Hospice for Palative support.

The Melbourne Zen Hospice provides free home support and companionship to persons of any age, gender, religious and cultural background, who are living with an advanced life-limiting illness, and to their carers and family members living with them, anywhere across inner suburban Melbourne.
Melbourne Zen Hospice is now able to offer limited phone support, as a complementary form of confidential listening and assistance to patients, families, and interested members from the wider community

Tea ceremony has long been linked to Zen. Ueda Soko Ryu is a traditional school of Tea ceremony from Japan.

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