Introduction to Zen lectures
Dates for Spring Hill
Thursday evenings starting 15.3 to 19.4.2018
7pm to 8.00 pm followed by 1 x 25 minutes of meditation until 8.30pm. Times may vary depending on number of participants.
Venue Spring Hill
Theosophical Society Building
1st floor meditation room
355 Wickham Terrace
Spring Hill QLD 4500
Dates for Samford
Most Tuesday evenings and during the Zenkai one-day meditation retreat.
7pm to 7.30 pm followed by 2x 25 minutes of meditation until 8.30pm
Old Catholic Church Hall
Corner Samford and Camp Mountain Rd,
Samford Village Qld 4520
Introduction to Zen description:
This program is designed for newcomers wishing to learn more about Zen practice. Refreshers are always welcome to attend.
The program consists of a series of lectures and practical applications that address the basic and foundational aspects of Zen. It is usually conducted over a period of between 4 to 6 evenings depending on participants and can also be incorporated during several Zenkais. (day retreats) The introduction to Zen lectures have been adapted from the teachings of Dai’un Harada Rôshi. They have been used over many years and many Zendos all over the world. The lectures have been developed by Yasutani Rôshi and Yamada Rôshi for general use by Sanbo-Zen accredited teachers and groups.
Besides the foundational aspects of Zen, the Zen lectures also address the practical aspects of Zen and how the practice aligns with our daily activities.
Structure of Zen lectures:
Welcome, introductions, inductions.
Short survey of Zen history from India to China to Japan and Australia
What is Zen?
Introduction to meditation; postures and practices.
Establishing a personal practice routine.
Zendo rituals and etiquette. Why and How?
Kinhin (Walking meditation and mindfulness practice)
The three aims of Zen.
How does Zen situate itself in Buddhism.
Questions and Answers
The five categories of Zen.
Questions and Answers.
How to deal with illusory perceptions.
What are koans? method and practice.
The role of the teacher and the teacher student relationship.
Dokusan and its role in practice
The degrees of practitioner’s aspirations.
The three pillars or essentials of Zen.
Where to from here, how does Pathway Zen function for its members, short overview.
Arrival: Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.
RSVP: Please RSVP by sending us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees: $10.00 suggested donation per evening or as one can afford.
Please wear modest loose fitting clothing, neutral or dark in colour if possible. Chairs, meditation stools, meditation cushions and mats will be provided.
Anyone missing an evening is able to obtain the missing lectures as a one-on-one teaching on another day.