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Dojo Schedule
    St Paul's Hall 6.30pm - 8:30pm

March 2024

Sunday 3rd

Sit on Country at Kaarta Gar-up

Thursday 7th

Zazen and Training in Compassion discussion

​Sunday 10th

Online dokusan with Mari Rhydwen Roshi followed by Council Meeting

Thursday 14th


Sunday 17th

Walking meditation at Whitfords

Tuesday 19th

Telephone dokusan with Mari Rhydwen Roshi

Thursday 21st


Thursday 28th

Zazen and Precepts sharing

Djeran Sesshin 

There will be a 5-Day residential Sesshin, led by Mari Rhydwen Roshi at Mt Helena Retreat Centre, from 24th to 29th April 2024. The daily schedule of this intensive retreat includes zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), dokusan (personal interview), teisho (Dharma talk), chanting and samu (meditative work period). All meals are vegetarian with special diet provision. Please register for this Sesshin by Thursday, 18th April 2024.

Sit On Country

Our monthly 'Sit on Country' will be on Sunday, 3rd March at Kaarta Gar-up (Kings Park). We will join with Michael Wright in zazen and kinhin on Whadjuk Noongar Country. Gather at 9.15 am for a 9.30 start beneath the Marri trees to the south of the war memorial. We will finish by 10.30 am, but feel free to bring along a drink and a small snack to enjoy socialising in the shades of the trees afterwards

Training in Compassion 

Nick will lead a Training in Compassion discussion at St. Paul's dojo on Thursday, 7th March, based on the 8th slogan: "Beginning sending and receiving practice with yourself."

Walking Meditation 

Mark will lead a walking meditation session at Whitford Nodes Park, followed by a swim at Hillary's beach on 17th March.

Telephone Dokusan


Mari Rhydwen Roshi is offering telephone dokusan (personal interview) on Tuesday, 19th March 2024 from 4 pm to 6 pm (WSDT). Registration closes at 7 pm on Sunday, 17th March 2024. To register, please click here.

Online Dokusan

Mari Rhydwen Roshi will be offering online dokusan (personal interviewvia Zoom on Sunday, 10th March 2024 from 6 am to 8 am (WSDT). Registration closes on Thursday, 7th March. To register, please click hereDana offering is encouraged for attendees.

Online Zazenkai

Mari Rhydwen Roshi is leading an online Zazenkai (1-day retreat) via Zoom on Saturday, 24th February 2024 from 8:30 am to 4 pm (WSDT). Registration closes on Thursday, 22nd February 2024. To register, please click here.

Wobbly Pot


Kathy is calling for contributions by Sunday 7th April Autumn-Winter 2024 issue. Theme: Why Sit? Please click here for more details.

Membership and Donation


Thank you for your support by renewing your ZGWA membership for 2023-2024. Your membership fees and dana contributions help towards the support of sangha member's practice and the financial viability of ZGWA. If you would like to to become a new member of ZGWA or to support ZGWA by donation, please click here.

The Zen Group of Western Australia is a lay-Buddhist organisation founded in 1982 and affiliated with the Diamond Sangha. We meet on Thursdays at St Paul's Anglican Church Hall, 162 Hampton Road, Beaconsfield, WA 6162. All are welcome to sit with us.


The Zen Group of Western Australia started in 1982 with a small group of people sitting in a private home in Mt. Claremont, Perth.


Zen, or Chan as it is called when referring to its history in China, is one branch of the great tree of Mahayana Buddhism.

Talks by teachers and Sangha-members are available to listen to online as podcasts.

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