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Jikishoan offers a range of education and practice opportunities for people who would like to learn more about Zen,
or who wish to deepen their practice.

Ekai Korematsu Osho is the main teacher and director of all of Jikishoan’s courses.

Read more about our programs below.

Zen and Integrated Buddhist Studies Program

You are invited to participate in the Zen and Integrated Buddhist Studies program (IBS), which is entered it’s 12th year in 2020.

The IBS Outline explains the three courses which form the IBS program: Course A, Course B and Course C.

Usually a new student begins with Course A, enrolling in a term, or for an entire year. However, if you are already a member of Jikishoan or have previously been an IBS student, you may apply to enrol either formally, or informally as a nominal or non-credit student in Course A, B or C.

Sanzenkai (meditation)

Join us for Sanzenkai (meditation) from 10am to 12pm on Sunday mornings at St Pius X Catholic Church, 419 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, VIC

The Sanzenkai program includes walking and sitting meditation (zazen), Sutra chanting, a tea ceremony and a Dharma talk.

On your first visit, please arrive by 9:50 am so our guest manager can give a brief introduction and instruction. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

A donation for Sanzenkai may be made in the spirit of generosity.

You are welcome to join us after Sanzenkai for a vegetarian meal and informal chat with Jikishoan members and friends.

Sanzenkai is also held from 7pm-9pm on Thursday evenings at Quang Minh Buddhist Temple, 18 Burke Street, Braybrook, VIC and includes zazen, kinhin, tea, Sutra chanting and a reading.

If you have any questions about Sanzenkai, please contact Jikishoan. Please note Sanzenkai is not held during retreat periods.

Zen Meditation Workshop

Join us for our One Day Workshops.

Held multiple times annually, these Workshops offer an introduction to Sanzen/Buddhist practice, complemented with instruction in the three forms: zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) and bowing practice.

Whether you are beginning your meditation journey, or seeking to deepen your current practice, our Workshops cater to practitioners of all levels.

Enjoy a day of zen practice accompanied by a vegetarian lunch with the Zen Community.

Mark your 2024 calendar for three Workshops – February 18th, June 16th and October 27th. They will be hosted at the Sunday sanzen-kai venue, St Pius X Catholic School Hall in West Heidelberg.

Secure your spot by applying online or by contacting Workshop Coordinator, Katherine Yeo, at or phone 0422 407 870 for further details.

Apply here



Retreat practice and study in Soto Zen Buddhism. This program operates on a trimester basis of 5 weeks each, culminating with a 7-day intensive period during April, August and November. A full enrolment is 15 units.

Retreat practice includes daily zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), tea ceremony, Teisho (formal teaching) and Dokusan (a face to face interview with the teacher).

If you would like to speak with someone about Jikishoan retreats, please contact Tony Crivelli, Main Course C and Retreat Coordinator via email.

Residential retreats during 2024 will be held in April, August and November. See information on the next residential retreat.