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No Sanzenkai

Due to the Annual Sangha Picnic, Sanzenkai will not be held on Sunday March 8, 2020. Apologies for any inconvenience.

2020 Integrated Buddhist Studies

The 2020 IBS Main Course Outline is now available online. The Outline includes information on all of our courses for next year. Online enrolments are now available.

Myoju, July 2019

Welcome to this special winter edition of Myoju, in
which we highlight Jikishoan’s recent 20th Anniversary
celebrations. The Community welcomed many
distinguished guests, reverends and friends from Australia
and overseas to participate in the week long program. Our
theme for this issue is `Impermanence and Practice’, and it
was joyful indeed to witness so many strands of our lineage
working together with the Jikishoan community, supported
by Melbourne’s Vietnamese Buddhist community, to
produce the events and ceremonies that took place.

Myoju March 2019

The theme of this issue is Impermanence as Possibility.

Inside this issue:

Three minds of Zen by Ekai Korematsu Osho; What Mushrooms Can Teach Us by James Watt; What’s Missing by Jay Strauss; Sangha Dana in the Word of Impermanence by Shona Innes; Guinea Pig Zen by Michael Colton; Moving to Hobart by Ann Alexander; Concrete Buddha by BUDDHA Peter Schreiner; A Morning of Unexpectation by Lachlan McNeish; Shogoin News by Shudo Hannah Sensei; and Soto Kitchen by Karen Threlfall.

Myoju, December 2018

The last edition for 2018 is available on our Myoju page.

In his dharma talk in this issue, Ekai Osho uses a beautiful
metaphor of weaving to describe our way, as a dynamic
interplay between monastic and lay practice. As the weft,
we weave our lives around the verticality and strength of
the lineage – the warp – in a dynamic and endless return
to source. The cloth that we make is the community of
Jikishoan, one that we hope is both ‘pretty and useful’, to
us and all those we serve.

Jessica Zuiho Cummins

Interruption to Sanzenkai program

Due to our annual Easter retreat, there will be an interruption to our regular Sanzenkai program. Sanzenkai will not occur on the following dates:

  • Thursday 29 March
  • Sunday 1 April
  • Thursday 5 April

Sanzenkai will resume the following Sunday 8 April and Thursday 12 April.

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.

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…

Next retreat: 19-29 August

Zen retreats are a wonderful opportunity to consolidate and deepen one’s practice.  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 download the application form.

Annual Picnic photo

The Annual Picnic was a lot of fun and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with members and friends.

Annual Sangha Picnic 2015