We encourage you to cultivate your own vision when you pursue the course work. Having a vision and purpose will make a difference to your study and practice regardless of levels of your commitment: short, medium or long term. We wish you the best and that your objective finds its respective place in our vision: To offer transformative Buddhist learning, experience and cultivation for everyone.

Course Options

Course A (Root)

This course is essential for any individual regardless of their prior experience, and is a prerequisite for Course B and C. Particularly, if you are new, you must start from this course except for a Jikishoan member, or an IBS student who has finished 1 term in A class curriculum, or previously attended a Bendoho Retreat for a minimum of 7 days, or 3 x One Day Workshops.


$640 One full year – 4 terms OR $200 One term 10 classes OR $110  5 classes.

$105 for each One Day Workshop.


Course B (Stem)

This course is for a student who wants to train in Ryo practice and study in the Mahayana tradition at weekly Sanzen-kai with a Teacher and a Sangha. Anyone can attend Sanzen-kai. However, this course enrolment provides a supportive structure and an environment for Zen education and training in community level practice. Integration with Course A and C curriculum helps to bring meditation into life.


$290 One full year – 2 semesters OR $290 One semester – 6 months


Course C (Flower)

This course is retreat-based and intended for students who pursue curriculum and training in Soto Zen Buddhism for a period of 3 years. However, a student may enrol in this course by year if this suits better. It emphasises methods and teachings of the two Zen Masters: Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji. A face to face interview with the Teacher is a prerequisite for Course C enrolment.


$4410 Three years – 9 retreats base OR $1580 One full year – 3 retreats base


Accreditation assessment is primarily based on successful attendance in the Main Course Program (Jikishoan Accreditation Standard 2015).

Attendance Certificate: Upon request, Jikishoan will issue an Attendance Certificate to a student at any point he/she earns above 80 student hours. A student earns a credit by their attendance/student hours and 1 unit comprises 10 student hours.

Course Certificate: A student-teacher certificate may be awarded to a student who has earned above 36 course units and has successfully completed curriculum based training, projects and integrated study.

Teacher Training: Reserved for lay ordained students who completed post Shuso training under the Main Teacher. Criterion: above 108 course units, IBS (5 years), 5 practice periods, and independent projects.