SIT WITH US
TUESDAYS AT ST PAUL'S
The ZGWA holds sitting meditation every Tuesday evening from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm in the hall behind St Paul’s Anglican Church at162 Hampton Road, Beaconsfield, W.A. All are welcome. If you are coming for the first time, come on the first Tuesday of the month, and please arrive at 6 om. This will enable us to give you an orientation. Please contact us if you plan to come for the first time.
On the first Thursday of the month there is a Dharma talk by the teacher. On the second and fourth Thursdays of each month dokusan (personal interviews with the teacher) are offered, and on the third Thursdays there is extended sitting and chanting.
The Council are pleased to announce that we will be returning to St Paul's in August. Our previous Thursday night time slot is no longer available to us, so our new regular meeting time will be Tuesday nights from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm.
In August, we will meet at St Paul's on the first and third Tuesday of the month (4th and 18th). On the second and fourth weeks, Ross Bolleter Roshi will offer telephone dokusan on Thursday evenings at 7 pm (on the 13th and 27th).
The full schedule for August is as follows:
August 4: Zazen and talk by Ross Bolleter Roshi: 'The dharma of just this', followed by sharing. St Paul's: 6.30 - 8.30 pm
August 13: Telephone dokusan with Ross Bolleter Roshi: 7 - 9 pm.
August 18: Extended Zazen at St Paul's: 6.30 - 8.30 pm
August 27: Telephone dokusan with Ross Bolleter Roshi: 7 - 9 pm.
By September, we hope to make a full return to St Paul's, meeting weekly, including for in-person dokusan twice a month.
COVID safety guidelines and a registration process will be in place. More details will be forthcoming.
A shared ritual form is part of our practice. If you are sitting with us for the first time, please arrive at 6 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, so you can receive an orientation. If this time does not suit you, please contact us.
Before sitting with the group, you may wish to try sitting at home for short periods. Instructions on Zen meditation can be found in our Orientation Notes.
Here are some basics to get you started:
When we sit together, we wear loose fitting plain, dark colours to minimise distraction.
Silence is a key part of our practice. If you need to talk while others are sitting, please keep your voice low.
You don’t have to sit on a meditation cushion – stools and chairs are also available – however we commonly sit with our hands in the zazen mudra: it is held with the back of the right hand on the lap, the back of the left hand on the right palm, and both thumbs lightly touching to form a circle.
Our sitting periods are timed by a time keeper using bells and wooden clappers. We all sit at the same time, and we all do kinhin (walking meditation) together. Our sitting cycle is 25 minutes sitting, 5 minutes kinhin, 25 minutes sitting, 5 minutes kinhin, etc.
If you want to sit through kinhin, that’s okay; however if you do so, please wait until the next kinhin period to stand, or to leave the dojo.
If you need to enter or leave the dojo during group zazen, please do so during kinhin.
Our weekly sits conclude with a short period of chanting.
Our ritual also includes some bowing practice.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.