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

September 2023


Sunday 3rd

Sit on Country at Kaarta Gar-up


Tuesday 5th

Telephone dokusan with Mari Rhydwen Roshi

Thursday 7th

Zazen and Training in Compassion discussion

​Sunday 10th

Online dokusan with Mari Rhydwen Roshi followed by Council Meeting

Thursday 14th



Thursday 21st

Zazen and pack up for Sesshin

Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th

Djilba (First Spring) 7-Day Sesshin at Mt. Helena Retreat Centre *

* Please note that there is no sitting at St. Paul's dojo on Thursday, 28th September.

Sit On Country

Our monthly 'Sit on Country' will be on Sunday, 1st October 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 be leading a Training in Compassion discussion on Thursday, 5th October. The discussion will be based on the 4th slogan: “Don't get stuck on peace"

Membership Renewal


Thank you for your support by renewing your ZGWA membership for 2023-2024. If you are renewing your membership, please click here for the new fee structure. 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 support and become a new member of ZGWA, please click here and complete the membership form by following the instructions on the form.

If you have any queries regarding the scheduled events or the content of this website, please contact Desmond.

Telephone Dokusan


Mari Rhydwen Roshi will be offering telephone dokusan on Tuesday, 10th October from 4 pm to 6 pm (WSDT). Registration closes on Sunday, 8th October. To register, please click here.

Online Dokusan


Mari Rhydwen Roshi will be offering online dokusan via Zoom on Sunday, 15th October from 6 am to 8 am (WSDT). Registration closes on Thursday, 12th October. To register, please click here. Dana offering is encouraged for attendees.

Djilba (First Spring) Sesshin


Mari Rhydwen Roshi, Chris Barker Sensei and Ross Bolleter Roshi (emeritus Teacher) will be leading the Djilba (First Spring) 7-Day Sesshin from 23rd to 30th September 2023 at Mt Helena Retreat Centre. Sesshin is an intensive meditation retreat. Daily schedule includes sitting and walking meditation, chanting, personal interviews, Dharma talks, work and rest periods. Vegetarian meals are prepared and served.  Registration is now closed.

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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