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Main Course A – new term commencing July

Main Course A (MCA) is a vital base where transformative learning, experience and cultivation takes place for everyone.

Each term comprises 10 x 2-hour classes of meditation, tea ceremony and in-class discussion.

Term 3 commences on Saturday, July 9 (A1 and A2), and on Wednesday, July 13 (A3). 

Saturday morning classes are held in Footscray. Wednesday and Saturday evening classes are held in Brunswick.

More information is available on the Integrated Buddhist Studies page.

One Day Workshop #3 – June 5, 2016 

An opportunity to learn the three forms of zen practice – bowing, seated meditation and walking/standing meditation.  Download the Integrated Buddhist Studies Program Outline for more information and to register or contact the workshop coordinator at A-course@jikishoan.org.au

Foundation Day 2016

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We had a wonderful time celebrating Jikishoan’s seventeenth birthday! We celebrated with practice (meditation and chanting), a silent auction to raise money for our building fund, yummy food for lunch, wonderful entertainment provided by our members and a very special Shuso (Head Student) ceremony.

Integrated Buddhist Studies Program News

  • There are still places available for One Day Workshop #2 on April 10.
  • Term 1 of Main Course A will be finishing in a week’s time; ie. on April 9. Term 2 of Main Course A will be starting on Saturday, April 23.
  • If you wish to apply, please submit your application form as soon as possible. Please refer to the IBS page for the application or contact Katherine Yeo at A-course@jikishoan.org.au.

Myoju Magazine Autumn 2016

ZEN AND NATURE

In this issue:

THE MIND THAT GIVES RISE TO HAPPINESS Ekai Korematsu Osho

TWO REPORTS ON SANZEN IN JAPAN Liam D’hondt and Christine Maingard

BE CAREFUL WITH MATCHES Harry Laing

REFLECTING ON REFLECTIONS George Quinn

A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A WISH Vaughan Behncke

THOUGHTS ON ZEN AND NATURE Nicky Coles

PHOTOS FROM THE FIFTIETH RETREAT Tom Vincent, Vaughan Behncke

POEMS
Nicola Bowery, Gary Youston and Karen Threlfall

Cover illustration SALLY RICHMOND

Break in Sanzenkai

Due to the Jikishoan 51st retreat, the Sanzenkai (meditation) schedules will change as follows:

  • NO Sunday Sanzenkai on Sunday 27th March – resumes April 3
  • NO Thursday Sanzenkai on 24th and 31st March – resumes  April 7

Happy Easter!

Annual Sangha Day Picnic 2016

The Annual Sangha Day Picnic will be held on Sunday 13 March, from 12 to 3pm at the Darebin Parklands. Please note that Sanzenkai will not run on this day. For more details see the invitation below. We hope to see you there for a fun day!

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Autumn Retreat: 24-31 March 2016

Applications are now open for the Autumn Retreat: 24-31 March 2016.

Jikishoan holds a number of residential retreats each year, with resident teacher and Abbott Ekai Korematsu Osho. These seven-day retreats provide a period of concentrated Zen practice, conducted mostly in silence.

The daily routine is structured around periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), oryoki (traditional meal practice), samu (work practice) and teisho (daily talks) by Ekai Osho. Personal interviews with Ekai Osho are also available.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Osoji and New Years Eve Zazen

Osoji

On December 31st we will be having Osoji (cleaning practice) at the Chatham St Zendo, starting at 4pm for a couple of hours. We do this each year, lead by Ekai Osho, and it involves thorough cleaning of the zendo, hall-way and sitting-room.

New Years Eve Zazen

From 8:30pm to midnight we celebrate the transition from one year to the next with zazen, kinhin and 108 bells leading up to midnight. At midnight exactly we chant the heart sutra and then have a small party in the back garden.

Participation in these events is limited. Please email to attend.

Buddhist Summer School 2016

Ekai Osho Korematsu will be teaching two programs over four days at the Buddhist Summer School from 9-12 January 2016.

Refrain From All Evil Whatsoever (Shoaku Makusa)
From Shobogenzo by Zen Master Dogen Ekai Korematsu Osho

The Buddha of long ago said in verse:

Refrain from all evil whatsoever,
Uphold and practice all that is good,
And thereby you purify your own intentions: This is what Buddhas teach.

In this course, Ekai Osho will discuss Zen Master Dogen’s teaching on this Chinese poem, which is considered to encapsulate the Buddhist precepts. Zen Master Dogen later draws on the story of the poet Haku Rakuten meeting Zen Master Dorin.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
An Introduction to Zen Meditation and Practice
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi successfully introduced Zen meditation to the United States in the middle of the 20th century. His influence was immeasurable and transformed the lives of countless people in the West.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Using Suzuki Roshi’s teaching as a reference, Ekai Osho will conduct an introductory Zen meditation course with 4 classes as an orientation for new-comers and refreshment for experienced practitioners. It includes instruction in the Zen forms of meditation – bowing, sitting and walking meditations (Zazen and Kinhin). In the first half of each session Ekai Osho will focus on actual practice of these three essential forms, while in the second half he will draw on the text, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, for discussion emphasising direct understanding of the practice.

For more information and bookings see the Buddhist Summer School website.