To meet our life and others with honesty, courage, intelligence and kindness is our core practice. Learning to do that requires systematic training both on and off our sitting cushions.
To this end, the Ordinary Mind path incorporates both dedicated practice of formal Zen sitting (zazen) and active practice in the midst of daily life. We learn what it means to practice with our life on many levels: those of thought, feeling and emotion, those of mindful presence and direct experiencing, and those of deep listening and intentionless residing.
But this is not a curriculum. Rather, it is our life just as it is, expressing itself through our practice, and for each of us this will be a unique path.
To encourage and support us in this work, Ordinary Mind Zen Brisbane provides regular Zen practice and training activities in a lay context. Although our practice orientation is Buddhist, we welcome people from all backgrounds who wish to take up our distinctive approach to Zen training.
In this process, we are guided by the Group’s resident teacher, Gregg Howard, who trained with Charlotte Joko Beck in the Ordinary Mind Zen School and became one of her Successors in 2004.