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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

Change in Sanzenkai Schedule

Due to the Jikishoan 52nd Retreat, the Sanzenkai (meditation) schedules will change as follows: NO Sunday Sanzenkai on Sunday 21 August – resumes 28 August. NO Thursday Sanzenkai on 25 August – resumes 1 September.

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

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