Brisbane based Pathway Zen facilitates weekly meditation and mindfulness groups and retreats. Our purpose is to offer a structured program that integrates and personalises meditation and Zen practice in our 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 and 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 these desires.
We constantly set preferences relating to our '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 we usually suffer. This is because our expectations have not been met. Most of our stress, suffering and anxieties arise due to unmet expectations or occurrences. Since we can hardly function without expectations, it is easy to get trapped in a never ending cycle of suffering, for which we then seek therapy or relief.
Meditation and mindfulness practice, in its original Buddhist context, was never practiced to only obtain a therapeutic outcome or as a means to feel better. This only gratifies temporarily and perpetuates the 'like' and 'dislike' cycle.
Instead, Zen meditation or Zazen, is practiced as a process to liberate us, through a direct insight experience, from all these dualistic cycles and expectations we feel trapped in.
To break through this dualistic cycle or barrier, and to embody its effects in our character and life, is the goal of Zen. This has the consequence of gaining a new perspective or awareness from which to function and make choices.
The goal of Pathway-Zen is to guide anyone that is serious towards obtaining this non-dual awareness for themselves. This is facilitated through a structured meditation program that is grounded in aspects of both Sotô and Rinzai Zen-Buddhism.
Pathway Zen is guided by Arno Hess, an authorised Zen teacher, both in Australia and through the Sanbô-Zen lineage in Japan.
Pathway Zen is a non-profit organisation and everyone is welcome, irrespective of their tradition, religious affiliation or none.
Dharma talk in Samford. A dharma talk will be given from 8-8.30pm, followed by Q&A and tea. All welcome.
Dharma talk in Spring Hill. A dharma talk will be given from 8-830pm, followed by Q&A and tea. All welcome.
Zenkai (one day meditation retreat) in Samford. Everyone is welcome to participate. Newcomers will be given instructions on this day. Please see events page for more details.
2018 Sesshin dates announced.
We are pleased to announce that the next sesshin (meditation retreat) will be held from March 25 to March 31st, 2018.
This silent meditation retreat, will once again be held at Sanctuary House, which is part of the James Byrne Retreat Centre near Toowoomba. For more information please refer to the events page on this website.
Community outreach program
Pathway Zen in conjunction with Sun Mountain Zen leads a weekly Inside Mindfulness Program for prisoners at a Correctional Centre in Brisbane. For more information e-mail Arno at email@example.com