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No Sanzenkai tonight

Due to our annual November Zen retreat, there will be no Sanzenkai tonight (Thursday 23 November) in Footscray. Apologies for any inconvenience.


No Sanzenkai 19 November

Please note that due to the November retreat, there will be no Sanzenkai on Sunday 19 November. Sanzenkai will resume as normal the following week.

Zen Retreat November 2017

Our understanding of Buddhism is not just an intellectual understanding. True understanding is actual practice itself. – Shunryu Suzuki

Our next retreat will be held from November 17 to 24 and is a wonderful opportunity for practice. See our Retreats page for more information and to enrol online.

November Retreat

Applications are now open for the November retreat (17-24). For more information and to apply online, see our Retreats page.

Next Main Course A

Main Course A Term 4 begins on September 30 (Saturday classes) and on October 4 (Wednesday class).

Next One Day Workshop

One Day Workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to learn the forms of zen practice. Join us for our next Workshop on October 1 from 9am to 4pm. Read more.

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 10 September 2017, 7pm. Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community Inc. is holding its 19th Annual General Meeting immediately after the Sunday Sanzenkai Service.  Members, IBS Students and Friends are warmly invited to attend. Dinner will be Potluck – please bring a plate of food to share. For further information, contact Christine Maingard, Secretary, Committee of Management – 0430 599 430 or email christinemaingard @

No Sanzenkai this week

There will be no Sanzenkai this Sunday 20 August or Thursday 24 August due to the August retreat. Sanzenkai will resume as of Sunday 27 and Thursday 31 August, respectively. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Sunday Sanzenkai 20th August

Due to Bendoho retreat there will be no Sanzenkai on Sunday 20th August.

One Day Workshop

Our next One Day Workshop is on August 6, 2017, from 9am – 4pm.