Introduction to  Zen lectures

Dates for Spring Hill

Thursday evenings starting 15.11.2018 to 20.12.2018

Thursday evenings starting 24.01.2019 to 28.02.2019

7:00 pm 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 4000

Contact: info@pathwayzen.org.au

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:

Lecture 1

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.

Practice session.

Lecture 2

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

Practice session.

Lecture 3

The five categories of Zen.

Questions and Answers.

Practice period.

Lecture 4

How to deal with illusory perceptions.

What are koans? method and practice.

Q&A

Practice period

Lecture 5

The role of the teacher and the teacher student relationship.

Dokusan and its role in practice

Q&A

Practice period

Lecture 6

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.

Practice period.

Additional Information

Arrival:                    Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.

RSVP:                      Please RSVP by sending us an e-mail: info@pathwayzen.org.au

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.

Note:

Anyone missing an evening is able to obtain the missing lectures as a one-on-one teaching on another day.