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 our 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. This is because our expectations have not been met. Most of our stress, suffering and anxieties arise due to unmet expectations or unforeseen 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 as a sole 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. Only through these direct insights can we experience the freedom that results from dislodging the hold our habitual dualistic 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.
Pathway Zen is guided by Arno Hess, an authorised Zen teacher both in Australia and through the Sanbō Zen lineage in Japan.
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.
Upcoming Events and News:
Regular evening zazen practice:
Tuesdays in Samford and Thursdays in Spring Hill, 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Newcomers welcome. See our groups page for more details.
Daylong retreat (Zenkai) in Samford. This daylong meditation retreat is ideal for newcomers and experienced meditators. The day consists of multiple silent meditation periods interspersed with walking meditation. Newcomers will be given an introduction to Zen on arrival. 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, BYO lunch. A $30.00 suggested donation would be appreciated.
25.07.2019 (Thursday evening)
Dharma talk in Spring Hill. Our regular monthly dharma talk will be given during the evening, followed by Q&A and tea. All welcome.
30.07.2019 (Tuesday evening)
Dharma talk in Samford. Our regular monthly dharma talk will be given during the evening, followed by Q&A and tea. All welcome.
Introduction to Zen lectures
Pathway Zen is offering an ongoing series of six introduction to Zen lectures designed to provide an overview of Zen practice and how Zen integrates with modern life. Each lecture is designed to be a standalone unit allowing attendees to make up a missing lecture at a different time. The introduction to Zen lectures are ideal for newcomers to Zen as they focus on the foundations of the Zen practice-path within a lay-Buddhist and secular context. Each evening consists of an informal talk as well as practice periods with our regular sitting group. The introduction to Zen lectures are taught by Arno Hess on a weekly basis, in both Spring Hill and Samford. Everyone is welcome.
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