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An Introduction to Zen Meditation and Practice

Our next One Day Workshop, “An Introduction to Zen Meditation and Practice”, will be held on 7 August 2016. This Workshop is suitable for everyone, both beginners and experienced practitioners. See the Workshop page for more information see contact the Workshop Coordinator, Katherine Yeo at A-course@jikishoan.org.au

Documentary on Buddhism

Available on SBS on demand is a documentary Genius Of The Ancient World Buddha (583-463 Bc).  The third part in a series on the great minds and philosophical thought of the Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.  Definitely worth watching!

Myoju June 2016, issue 64

The June 2016 edition of Myoju is now available.

This issue of Myoju is the first of several issues with the theme Cultivating Faith.

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi said, ‘You develop the composure’. In Zen Mind Beginners Mind, he talks about the histori- cal Buddha as being no different to us. When something happens, an emotional or unfortunate thing or something sad, the Buddha suffers emotionally, he experiences that kind of emotion. But his view of the world, of life, is stable and composed. How is this possible? It is faith. Not blind faith or faith coming from believing certain ideas. It is quite different. – Ekai Osho

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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