The Melbourne Zen Centre runs regular zazen (seated meditation) meetings open to anyone who is interested. Whether you are new to zen or have had some prior experience, please feel free to come and sit. At MZC we follow a clear and simple form of practice without expounding ideas or beliefs.
Our main venue (Bull Water Zendo) is a dedicated space in the front room of a suburban house in East Malvern, SE of the Melbourne CBD. Meetings at Bull Water Zendo are hosted by Mushin (4th from left). We also hold Tuesday lunchtime meetings at RMIT University hosted by Lynn and monthly meetings (Spring, Summer and Autumn) at the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens hosted by Greg (3rd from left). Occasionally we organise sesshin (intensive zen practice) over one or more days.
Please see below for a list of our activities and always check our calendar. If you click on a heading a more detailed description will appear plus the option to RSVP if you’d like to attend.
All MZC activities are managed by a planning committee who meet thoughout the year. These meetings are informal and open to all members.
Here is a list of the meetings currently offered:
Monday Evening Zazen 7.30pm-9.30pm at Bull Water Zendo: weekly formal Zen practice comprising 2 Zazen periods, Kinhin, Heart Sutra and Tea Ceremony (Dana $5).
Thursday Evening Zazen 7.30pm-9.30pm at Bull Water Zendo: weekly formal Zen practice comprising 2 Zazen periods, Kinhin and a talk or discussion relating to Zen practice (Dana $5).
(Intro to Zazen 7.30pm-9pm replaces the normal meeting on the first Thursday of each month. The format is flexible and will be adjusted according to the needs of participants.)
Tuesday Morning meetings 11am-12 noon at RMIT University most Tuesdays throughout the year: Zazen and talk or discussion.
Sunday Morning Zazen, usually on the first Sunday of the month. However, time and location can vary so please check the calendar.
From time-to-time we hold a full day of intensive Zen practice. Once again, keep your eye on the calendar for date, time and location.