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Ordinary Mind Zen Brisbane is a lay Zen group in Brisbane, Australia, providing practice and instruction for Zen students based on the teachings of Charlotte Joko Beck, founding teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zen School. Our resident teacher is Gregg Howard, a Dharma successor of Charlotte Joko Beck.
Ordinary Mind Zen Brisbane meets weekly on Sunday evening in suburban Paddington, about 3 km from the CBD. Sunday evening meetings are mostly conducted in silence, and include three periods of zazen (sitting practice), two brief periods of walking practice (kinhin), and a short closing service. Our teacher gives Dharma talks on some Sundays and offers practice interviews on others. Informal tea and conversation follow some Sunday sittings.
OMZB also holds monthly one-day and two-day Intensives through the year, and a 5-day sesshin in September each year.
If you are interested in participating in our weekly sittings or would like further information about our activities, please contact us by email: zen[replace with 'at' symbol]ordinarymind.org.au. It would be helpful if you could provide some basic information about your practice background so we can advise you appropriately. If you are quite new to sitting practice, we would be happy to provide you with information on how to establish a basic sitting practice. At this time we do not offer structured beginners' classes.
For more information about practice in Ordinary Mind Zen, we recommend you read one of the books by Charlotte Joko Beck: Everyday Zen (1989) and Nothing Special (1993). They are readily available from major online suppliers.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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