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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.

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.

Celebration for the life of Nuala Cassidy

One of Jikishoan’s early members, Nuala Isshin Cassidy, died on 7th April

Her husband, Brian Doyle, and his daughters Finola and Meagan, have invited friends and colleagues of Nuala’s to a celebration of her life.

This will be held at Elwood Learning Centre, 87 Tennyson St, Elwood, on Sunday July 16th from 1:15 – 4:15 pm.

New courses starting soon

Join us!
Main course A, Term 3 commences on Saturday, July 8 2017 for A1 and A2 and on Wednesday, July 12 for A3. Learn more.
One Day Workshop # 4 August 6, 2017
Our next One Day Workshop is on August 6, 2017, from 9am – 4pm. Learn more.

Winter Teaching at Kagyu Evam Buddhist Institute

Each year, Ekai Osho teaches at Kagyu Evan Buddhist Institute in July. This year, he will be teaching on:

Your Very Mind is Buddha (Soku Shin Ze Butsu)

In this chapter of Shobogenzo, Zen Master Dogen makes clear that the saying Your very mind is Buddha is addressed to one who has already given rise to the intention to train and reach Buddhahood. Ekai Osho will address that mind in this series of talks at E-Vam Institute on Friday nights in July.

When: Fridays 7, 14, 21, 28 July at 7.30pm
Contact: E-Vam Institute Office (03) 9387 0422

June Myoju 2017 now online

“Thus, deeply consider that without attaining balance you do not experience solidity… whether as emptiness or as forms, expression of the dream within a dream brings level balance…

The dream is the entire great earth; the entire great earth is stable.”

Dogen Zenji, Muchu Setsumu: Within a Dream, Expressing the Dream

In this Winter Solstice edition of Myoju, the second in a series addressing the topic Dreams and Visions. As Ekai Osho has expressed in previous issues, we can view winter as analogous to training, and spring as the time of flourishing.

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