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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!


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


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.

Myoju, Summer 2015

The 2015 Summer edition of Myoju is now available online. In this issue:

  • A Huge Loop, by Ekai Korematsu Osho, on returning to the USA after 25 years
  • Liam Tosen’s Lay Ordination, by Vincent Vuu
  • The Journey Home, by Azhar Abidi

…and much more.



Milestone: Jikishoan’s 50th Zen Retreat

Jikishoan celebrated a milestone recently: our 50th Zen Retreat. The Tenzo Ryo (kitchen work group) made a cake to celebrate!

Sunday Sanzenkai

There will be no Sanzenkai between 19 and 29 November as our community will be on retreat. Thursday Sanzenkai resumes 3 December and Sunday Sanzenkai will resume on 6 December.

Lineage: as old and wide as the universe

I am bored with the genealogy of my own family and can’t be bothered pursuing that line of enquiry. Too many skeletons in the cupboard! And what does it matter anyway? But lineage in the sense of the Buddhist tradition and in the widest possible sense of our kinship with all of creation is important. This is the tradition that helps us find ourselves and be ourselves.

Read online now…

Myoju, Spring 2015

The theme of the Spring 2015 issue is Lineage in Practice and features articles by Ekai Korematsu Osho and Jikishoan members. Read online now.

Zen Retreat November 19-29

Please join us on the next Jikishoan Zen Retreat. 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 or more information and to apply to attend.