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.
The goal of Pathway Zen is to guide anyone who is serious about the discovery of their true-nature and the cultivation of Zen, as a practice-path in their life. This is facilitated through a systematic program that includes introduction to Zen courses, daily online meditation (zazen), weekly in-person practice opportunities, monthly daylong meditation zazenkais, residential retreats and koan introspection. All activities are grounded in both Soto and Rinzai Zen practices within a lay householder lineage.
As a secular and non-profit practice community, 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 feel free to participate via Zoom online. Our Samford venue is still closed due to Covid restrictions. Newcomers are encouraged to participate in an introduction to Zen session, which is held concurrently in a separate room to our regular practice group on Thursday evenings in Spring Hill. A comprehensive introduction to Zen course is also offered in-person or online on an ongoing basis. Recordings can be viewed here
Pathway Zen is guided by Arno Hess, an Australian and Brisbane based Dharma and Zen Buddhist teacher, certified both in Australia and through the Sanbozen lineage in Kamakura Japan.
Inside Mindfulness - Prison project
Pathway Zen is a founding member of Inside Mindfulness Inc., which facilitates weekly mindfulness based rehabilitation programs in Queensland correctional centres. Volunteer facilitators are always welcome to participate. For more information please contact Arno Hess.
Pathway Zen is a carbon neutral organisation. We are committed to a continued strategy to maintain carbon neutrality through identifying, reducing and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Upcoming Events and News:
Every evening - Moonlight Zazen.
Please feel free to join our daily evening online sitting group for Moonlight Zazen. 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Brisbane time). This is a silent meditation event. Please mute your microphone on arrival.
This universal Zoom link also joins the Thursday in-person Spring Hill event and our Zenkais (daylong retreats).
To join click here
Thursday in-person meditation (Zazen) in Spring Hill and via Zoom.
Holiday sitting times:
Last sit in Spring Hill for 2023: 14.12.2023
First sit in Spring Hill for 2024: 04.01.2024
Please feel free to join us every Thursday evening for Zazen. Newcomers to Zen will be given a basic introduction to Zen on arrival in a separate room. Please arrive no later than 6:55pm. 7:00pm to 8:30 pm - Zazen
We recommend that newcomers also view the Introductory Zen lectures as posted here.
Next Zenkai (daylong retreat) Spring Hill
A silent daylong retreat will be held in our Spring Hill venue as well as online via Zoom. Please arrive at 9:15 AM for a 9:30 AM start. All welcome.
Newcomers will be given instructions on arrival.
Next Dharma talk.
Our regular monthly dharma talk will be presented during the evening (8:00 PM) in lieu of the third meditation period, followed by Q&A. All welcome. This talk is also available to Zoom participants. To log-in, please click on the Thursday evening Zoom link:
Next Residential Sesshin (Silent Retreat in Brisbane)
May 19 to May 26, 2024 (7-day sesshin)
November 21 to 24, 2024 (3-day sesshin)
Introductory Zen Lectures:
Introductory Zen lectures can now be viewed online. They offer a comprehensive overview of the Zen practice path. The lectures can be viewed here