Becoming a student

After you have completed the Zen lectures and established a regular meditation practice, you may decide to become a Zen student with Pathway Zen.

Students can access weekly one-on-one guidance (dokusan) with Pathway Zen’s teacher Arno Hess and take up the the option to incorporate koan introspection as part of their practice. If possible, students should be prepared to attend a regular weekly practice group and make every effort attend sesshins or retreats.

There is no separate fee involved in becoming a student with Pathway Zen, the only suggested cost contribution is the Pathway Zen membership fee and the individual retreat venue expenses when attending a retreat. A sincere commitment to practice is the main requirement.

Weekly dokusan with Arno is offered in Spring Hill and Samford or both. For out-of-town students or those that are not able to participate in the regular Brisbane or Samford based practice groups, Skype dokusan can also be arranged.

You do not need to be a Buddhist or be affiliated to any religion to become a Zen student. The process of becoming a student is very simple. You simply ask the teacher during dokusan and state the aspiration of your practice.