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Building Project: Developing the Community

You are invited to a Jikishoan Community Open Forum led by Ekai Osho.

When: Saturday 11 February Where: Footscray Zendo
Time: 11.30am – 12 noon Zazen; 12 – 1.30pm Open Forum

This is your chance to participate, listen, share and contribute ideas.

Interested, but unable to attend? Particularly for interstate members and students, we invite you to submit three questions/suggestions that you consider important.

Contact Christine for register or to send through your questions/suggestions.

Thank you and Gassho.

Building Project 2017 Open Forum

Building Project 2017 Open Forum – Saturday 11 February at our Footscray Zendo from 11.30am to 1.30pm. Members, IBS students and friends of Jikishoan are invited to attend. RSVP by 8 February to Isabelle Henry, Chair – Building Subcommittee, at or phone 0423 982 947.

New Main Course A

The Integrated Buddhist Studies Main Course A 2017 begins on Saturday January 28 and also Wednesday, February 1. Places are still available. Apply online or learn more.

One Day Workshop, 5 February 2017

The first One Day Workshop of 2017 will be held on Sunday February 5. Introducing the fundamentals of Zen meditation and practice, the ODW is highly suitable for beginners as well as those who would like to review and refresh their practice. More information….

Myoju magazine now available online

The December 2016 edition of Myoju is now available.

The theme for this issue is ‘Cultivating Faith: Letting Go’. Contributions by Ekai Osho Korematsu and Jikishoan members includes:

  • What Are You Seeking? –  Ekai Korematsu Osho
  • My Faith – Azhar Abidi
  • Thank You Isshin-san – Robin Laurie
  • Tenzo Retreat Planning – Karen Threlfall
  • Sit: Film Review –  Jessica Cummins
  • Reatreat, MAY, 2015 – Lorraine Collishaw
  • Homage To Ryokan – Dan Carter
  • Soto Kitchen Karen Threlfall

2017 Integrated Buddhist Studies Course Outline

The 2017 IBS Course Outline provides information on Jikishoan’s courses for the coming year.

Jikishoan’s vision is to offer Transformative Buddhist Learning, Experience and Cultivation for Everyone.

As part of our commitment to this vision Jikishoan offers Zen and Integrated Bud- dhist Studies (IBS) Buddhist Education programs based on Soto Zen Buddhism and its teaching lineage through India, China, Japan and Australia.

In its 8th year since inception, the IBS comprises a three-fold Main Course program in basic Buddhist concepts and practice.

The program includes meditation instruction and workshops based on Zen training in the ultimate Mahayana tradition, Ekayana. Through tutorials, consultation and practice interviews with the Teacher and Course Coordinators, students are assisted with their course planning, work, practice and independent study and projects.

Important notice

There will be NO Sunday Meditation on 20 November 2016. Regular Sunday Meditation will resume on Sunday 27 November 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to see you at one of our regular Sunday meditations from 27 November.

The Last One Day Workshop of 2016: Sunday 4 December 9am – 4pm

The One Day Workshop introduces the fundamentals of Zen meditation and practice. It is suitable for all beginners and also for those who wish to consolidate their current practice.

Places are limited.
For more information and to register, contact Katherine Yeo, Workshop Coordinator 0422 407 870 or 03-98182687 or email

November Zen Retreat

Jikishoan’s 53rd Retreat will be held from Friday, 18 to 25 November 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. If you would like to speak with someone about Jikishoan retreats, please contact Jikishoan.

Annual General Meeting, Sunday 11 September, 7pm

Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community Inc is holding its 18th AGM immediately after Sunday Sanzenkai Service.  Sanzenkai will commence at the usual time of 5.30 pm followed by 7 pm start for AGM. 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