Pathway Zen hosts weekly meditation and mindfulness practice groups in Brisbane. Our purpose is to offer a structured program that integrates and personalises Zen, as a practice-path, in daily life.
Most of us seek out meditation or mindfulness practice as a means to relieve anxiety or for therapeutic gains. We want to be happy, learn to relax, reduce stress or perhaps tame the tyranny of our constant mind chatter.
Few people consider however, that the desire to change ourselves or our circumstances, while perhaps necessary, is also the cause of anxiety itself.
Since our desires are endless and our main motivators in life, most of our energy and resources are directed towards satisfying cravings resulting from our desires.
We constantly set preferences relating to our desires in the form of 'likes' and 'dislikes'. In fact, we always seek to gravitate towards one side of this ledger. The more 'likes' we have in our life, the more successful or happy we judge it to be.
When reality does not align with our preferences or desires, we usually suffer. We then seek relief through new preferences and the cycle of dualism continues.
Meditation and mindfulness practice, in its original Buddhist context, was never practiced as a means to feel better or to obtain a therapeutic outcome. While this is an important side-benefit of meditation, on its own it does not break the cycle of our constant cravings.
Instead, meditation in a Zen context, is a practice-path that aims to end suffering through direct personal insights into our own nature, that is to experience our true-self beyond a place of right or wrong or good and bad. Through these direct insights we experience freedom that results from dislodging the hold our habitual discriminatory way of thinking has on us.
The goal of Pathway-Zen is to guide anyone that is serious about cultivating a Zen practice-path in their life. This is facilitated through a systematic program that includes aspects of both Rinzai and Soto Zen.
As a secular and non-profit organisation, everyone is welcome irrespective of their tradition, religious affiliation or none. Please feel free to come along to one of our regular events in Spring Hill or Samford. All newcomers are given an introduction to Zen on arrival.
Pathway Zen is guided by Arno Hess, an Australian and Brisbane based Zen-Buddhist teacher, authorised both in Australia and through the Sanbō Zen lineage in Japan.
Upcoming Events and News:
Weekly evening practice groups
Every Tuesday in Samford and every Thursday in Spring Hill (except on public holidays): 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Newcomers welcome. See our groups page for locations & more details.
Zenkai (daylong meditation retreat)
Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions, are invited to participate in this daylong Zen-meditation retreat held in Spring Hill.
During the morning and afternoon, two introductory lectures on Zen practice will be offered to newcomers in a separate room.
The day consists of multiple periods of silent sitting meditation (zazen), interspersed with walking mediation (kinhin), a dharma talk relating to a koan (teisho) and an opportunity for a private conversation with the Zen teacher (dokusan).
Please bring your own lunch. A suggested donation of $30.00 for the day would be appreciated or pay as you can afford. For more information see our events page.
23.1.2020 to 27.02.2020
Introduction to Zen lectures (waitlist)
Pathway Zen is offering a series of six introduction to Zen lectures designed to provide an overview of Zen practice and how Zen integrates with modern life. For more details of this program and registration see our events page.
Dharma talk in Samford. Our regular monthly dharma talk will be given during the evening, followed by Q&A and tea. All welcome.
Dharma talk in Spring Hill. Our regular monthly dharma talk will be given during the evening, followed by Q&A and tea. All welcome.
14.05.20 - 17.05.20
Residential retreat - Mini Sesshin.
Registration is now open for our upcoming mini Sesshin. This retreat offers an opportunity for practitioners to deepen their meditation practice and experience a three day meditation immersion. More information is available on our events page.
Pathway Zen facilitates a weekly mindfulness based rehabilitation program (Inside Mindfulness) for prisoners in Brisbane correctional centres. Volunteers are always welcome to participate. For more information contact Arno Hess at Pathway Zen, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org