New to Zen
Zen is also called the Mind school, because it is concerned with day to day Mind. Where are you? Where do you want to go? How are you going to get there? Is there really a start and a destination?
From a Zen mind none of this is a problem but rather an opportunity.
Zen is not a school of Buddhism founded in superstition but rather a proven 2500 year old tradition of understanding the Mind. The experience of many generations of Zen masters from the historical Buddha right down to the present.
Meditation and Koan Study
Zen Buddhism is Koan study, the deeper inquiry into who is 'This'? Who are we, at any given moment, noticing self and being without self. One on one interviews called Sanzen are the heart of Zen. Inquiry into 'who is This?' The opportunity to clarify and resolve doubts and express in our practice, not psychological counseling but practicing without self and mutual expression of truth.
There are many ways into Zen, not one size fits all.
Some people might sit weekly with us (recommended) or many times a week, but others especially geographically challenged, might come once a month to the weekend zazenkai/workshop.
Workshops are held at Perth Zen Centre Jizoan on a regular basis, covering many different facets of Zen, Lifestyle and practice helping you to understand and experience the full connection between Zen meditation and living and experiencing mindfully.
Twice a year a Special Zazenkai is held from 7am until 7pm giving a chance to immerse in all day zazen and Koan study.
Sesshin retreats are also part of Zen. The Ko-sesshin at Jizoan last 4 days and are held mid year June or July, and December.
Life coaching one-on-one meetings are also available from a uniquely Zen perspective.
To practice Zen is to let go of thoughts and judgments centering on our agendas. Opening our minds to life just as it is, beyond our thoughts about it, we can live fully and wholeheartedly.
Weekly Zazen takes place at Jizoan
mornings from 7am to 7.50am
Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm until 8pm.
Sunday afternoons 3.30pm until 6pm
Beginners are are invited to Monday or Thursday evenings. An appointment is necessary.