Beginners’ Orientations

All are welcome to participate in orientations to Zen Buddhist practice. Come along on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm once a month, to 251 Young Street, Annandale (see schedule below).  There will be instructions about sitting and walking meditation; as well as some information about Zen philosophy and rituals. Please wear loose dark, preferably black, loose clothing.

There is a cost of $20, which entitles you to the orientation evening as well as attendance at either the next Beginners’ night or Dharma Café. These are both evenings of meditation and discussion about practice, with Sydney Zen Centre members and a teacher. This is a very relaxed way to start your Zen journey.

Orientations are available on the below dates. They take place only by appointment, so if you wish to attend an orientation you will need to email the person whose name is down for your preferred night. Please make contact at least 24 hours in advance. You don’t need to book in now to Beginners’ nights or Dharma Café…the person orientating you will make the booking for you.

We’re looking forward to meeting you…


Orientation:  Thursday 19th
Contact Janet Selby to book:
Beginners night: TBC

Orientation: Thursday 16th
Contact Brendon Stewart to book: 
Beginners night: Thursday 23rd with Paul Maloney

Orientation:  Thursday 9th
Contact Sue Bidwell to book:
Dharma Cafe: Monday 13th & Wednesday 15th     

There will be no orientation in April.

Orientation: Tuesday 2nd
Contact Kerry Stewart to book:>
Dharma Cafe: Monday 8th  & Wednesday 10th

Orientation: Thursday 15th
Contact Kim Bagot to book:
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 22nd  with Allan Marett

Orientation: Thursday 6th
Contact Jill Steverson to book:
Dharma Cafe: Monday 10th & Wednesday 12th

Orientation: Thursday 17th
Contact Brendon Stewart to book: 
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 24th  with Allan Marett

Orientation: Thursday 31st August
Contact Kim Bagot to book:
Dharma Cafe: Monday 4th & Wednesday 6th

Orientation: Thursday 12th
Contact Janet Selby to book:
Beginners’ Night: Thursday 19th with Paul Maloney

Orientation: Thursday 2nd
Contact to book: TBC
Dharma Cafe: Monday 6th & Wednesday 8th