Wisdom and Compassion are the two wings of the Buddha’s teachings. Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen our practice and embody the Bodhisattva Vows. We’ll explore ways to cultivate compassion for the Self, Others and the World in order to turn the dharma wheel of wholesome right action to alleviate suffering.
Silent sitting and walking meditation; private interviews with the teachers; daily dharma talk; chanting; mindfulness work practice; vegetarian meals; zen training and ritual. If you are new to sesshin prior orientation before sesshin is encouraged.
Kodoji, or Ancient Ground Temple, is the Sydney Zen Centre’s retreat centre in the Upper Macdonald Valley, about two hours north-west of Sydney, via Wisemans Ferry and St Albans. Kodoji Temple sits in a beautiful valley called Gorricks Run, surrounded by high sandstone cliffs and deep wilderness. There is only limited indoor accommodation and it is generally expected that sesshin students will pitch their own tents.